Selective high schools – Year 7

Applying for placement in a selective high school in Year 7


Find out about key dates in the placement process.

Entry to Year 7 in 2020

The Selective High School Placement Test was conducted on Thursday 14th March 2019.The closing date for illness or misadventure requests was 28 March 2019.

Change of school choices - last day

To change your selective school choices email the change of school choice form (docx 45KB) to the Team by midnight on 26 April 2019.

Placement outcomes will be sent to parents in early July 2019. The outcome will be sent by email unless parents chose to receive mail only. To change from mail to email, send the request to the Team by email, quoting your child's name and application number.

Entry to Year 7 in 2019

The reserve lists for entry in 2019 are no longer updated online. For further updates to reserve lists you can email the Unit at

Most school reserve lists are no longer active after the beginning of Term 2. Some schools may make fill vacancies up until mid June. After that the vacancies are carried over to the Years 8 to 12 placement process.

If you have accepted an offer, did not decline it, and were also on a reserve list for a higher choice, your child's name was removed from the reserve list/s on the last day of school in 2018.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.

Frequently asked questions about outcomes

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

There is no guarantee that students on reserve lists will receive an offer and vacancies after the first round of offers are very unpredictable. Students on a reserve list are allocated a reserve list number that does not change. When an applicant declines an offer of placement, the next student from the reserve list is offered the place. In some cases, such as a result of a successful appeal, two students can be placed at the same reserve list number. When this happens the student with the higher score will be made the first offer. The Unit begins making offers for students on reserve lists in late July. Offers continue to be made until at least the end of Term 1 of the year of entry.

Unsuccessful means the score is not high enough for the student to be on a reserve list. Please do not contact the Unit to request your child be added to a reserve list as this is not possible. Entry scores from other years cannot tell you whether your child should have got an offer for next year.

For entry in 2019, outcome advice was sent to most applicants by email on the evening of 6 July 2018. Please check your email spam/junk folder before contacting the Unit. If you chose to receive mail only, the advice was posted on 6 July. Mailed outcome advice will take longer depending on your postal service. If you have not received the email by mid-July you can email the Unit. If you want to change from mail only to email, send an email to the Unit. The request will be processed after 19 July. Some applications are on hold for further processing and the outcome will be sent as soon as possible.

You cannot change school choices when you find that your child was unsuccessful but could have qualified for a different school or the transport arrangements are not practical. School choices cannot be made after the release of placement outcomes except in strong extenuating circumstances. Any request must be accompanied by documentary evidence and must be approved by the Unit and the school. In these circumstances the student may be placed on a reserve list for another school with no guarantee of a place becoming available.

Selection committees can adjust scores for a range of individual circumstances and special considerations. This means weighting components of the scores differently.  In some cases, if a child's calculated placement score has been based on such adjustments, the adjusted scores are not released.

Read the information on the Outcomes section of the website about marking and in the Selection process section about calculation of scores.

You cannot use the raw scores to recalculate a placement score because of the moderation and scaling process used to calculate the placement score.

Check the Appeals page for information about appealing the outcome if you have valid grounds and documentary evidence.

If you are questioning the school assessment scores, you need to consult the school principal to ensure the scores are correct.

While the Unit can check test responses and scores, remarking of the test is not possible. The answer sheets are scanned by two independent scanning contractors and the results reconciled.

The tests are very challenging in order to spread out the high achieving students. Your child might not achieve as well as usual when compared with other high performing students state-wide.

If you do not find the information you need on this site, please email your enquiry to the Unit rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.

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