Selection process

Marking of the test

The introduction of the new test format in 2021 will mean the test is marked differently to previous years. The new placement test will be scored out of 100 (previously scored out of 200).

Raw tests scores will be scaled to reduce the variability in test question difficulty. This scaled score will be added to the moderated school assessment score to determine the placement score.

Selection process

The placement score is calculated by adding the scaled test scores to the moderated school assessment scores.

The calculated placement score will be out of a total of 120 (previously 300). For most students, the calculated placement score determines offers of placement. A small group of students may be granted special consideration such as for illness/misadventure.

The entry score required for each school varies from year to year as the score is dependent on the number and the academic merit of students who have chosen the school each year.

The scaling of the test marks is done on a state-wide basis regardless of the schools attended by the students. Each scaled test component is adjusted so they are weighted equally.

The calculated placement score is expressed as a score out of 120 and is derived from the test and school assessment scores as follows:

Test components

· Reading 33.3

· Math reasoning 33.3

· Thinking skills 33.3

Total 100

School assessment scores

· English 10

· Maths 10

Total 20

Selection committees

A selection committee is convened for each primary school with an opportunity class. It is usually made up of at least two people – the principal and a school counsellor. Placement in an opportunity class is made by that school's selection committee.

Selection committees view the list of students applying to their school in order of academic merit.

The selection committees consider:

  • students to be listed for offers and reserve places according to the number of vacancies at the school
  • the likely impact of any disability
  • requests for special consideration for illness/misadventure
  • students who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
  • students who have been educated in English for less than 48 months
  • students from interstate and overseas with alternative evidence of academic merit
  • any other relevant factors brought to their attention
  • other evidence of academic merit, if necessary.

They have the discretion to accept or reject any applicants who have been allowed to apply late based on extenuating circumstances.

Selection committees decide how many students will be put on on reserve lists based on numbers offered in the previous year.

Find out more about placement outcome information.

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