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 2021

The placement outcome was emailed to most applicants overnight on 3 July. Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not see the email in your in-box.

If you have not received your emailed placement outcome by 7 July 2020, please email the Team at

If you chose mail instead of email when you applied, the outcome will take longer to reach you. If you have not received your mailed outcome by 13 July, contact the Team.

We expect to process offer responses and send confirmation to parents within 21 days. Please do not phone to check if your email has arrived as it slows down our processing.

For more information about placement outcomes go to the Outcome page. For information about how scores are calculated go to Selection process. For information about appealing the outcome, go to the Appeals page.

The Selective High School Placement Test was conducted on Thursday 12 March 2020. If your child missed the test, there is no opportunity to sit it at another time.

The time for submitting a request for consideration of illness or misadventure closed on 26 March.

Changes of choices of selective high school should have been requested before the end of the day on 26 April 2020. It is now too late to change choices.

Download the Application information (PDF 791KB) for information about the placement process for entry in 2021.

Applications opened on this site on 8 October 2019 and closed on 11 November 2019. It is not possible to add late applications.

Entry to Year 7 in 2022

We expect applications for placement in 2022 to open in early-October 2020 and close in mid-November 2020. The test is expected to be held on 11 March 2021. Assessments for the school assessment scores will be based on achievement on the school curriculum after 25 May 2020.

Entry to Year 7 in 2020

The entry score required for each school varies from year to year. It depends on the number and the academic merit of students who have chosen the school each year. See the minimum entry scores held by the last students accepting offers to selective high schools for entry in 2020. These scores do not indicate what score would be required for entry in later years.

Reserve lists

Reserve lists have now closed for placement in 2020.

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.

Information about changes to the placement process will be published on this site when it is available.

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

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