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 2022

Applications for selective high school placement in Year 7 in 2022 closed at 11:59pm AEST on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

You can make changes to your application after it has been submitted. You can update your details and upload documents. You can also send messages directly to the High Performing Students Team and receive messages within your application dashboard. It is your responsibility to check and correct your application if your details change. Some changes are restricted to certain key dates.

Late applications

If you have strong extenuating circumstances that prevented you from applying in time, you can request approval to make a late application.

Changes to the test

The Selective High School Placement Test will change in 2021 for placement in 2022. The new test will have a greater emphasis on thinking skills, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. It will also adjust and balance the weighting given to Mathematics, English and thinking skills test components.

These changes are in response to the findings of the 2018 Review of Selective Education Access report, commissioned by the NSW Department of Education.

In 2021 the placement test will remain in a paper-based format before changing to a computer-based format in 2022.

Assessments for the school assessment scores will be based on achievement on the school curriculum in Year 5 after 25 May 2020.

Download the Information about placement in selective high schools for Year 7 entry in 2022 (PDF 610KB) for an overview of the placement process.

We encourage parents to monitor this website regularly for further updates on the Selective High School process for placement in 2022.

Entry to Year 7 in 2021

Applications for entry to Year 7 in 2021 are now closed.

If your child is on a reserve list and if your place is reached we will contact you to make an offer. You can follow the progress of the reserve lists. The reserve list will be updated periodically when significant movement occurs and not to a regular schedule.

The names of students who accepted an offer to a selective high school in 2021 as well as having a place on the reserve list/s are removed from the reserve list/s after 3pm 16 December 2020. From this date until the end of Term 1 in the year of placement, offers will be made only to those applicants who have declined their previous offer or who have not yet received an offer.

Appeals outcomes have been sent to parents.

Placement process

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. Outcomes were sent on 3 July 2020.

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

The time for appealing the outcome closed on 22 July 2020.

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 school choices.

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 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 send a message by logging into your application or else email your enquiry to the Team rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.

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