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

Applications for placement in Year 7 in 2020 closed on 12 November 2018. Late applications are not accepted.

The selective high school placement test will be held on Thursday 14 March 2019. Look at the sections Information for applicants and Application process for more information.

Entry to Year 7 in 2019

Check the progress of the reserve lists at the following link: Reserve lists

If your child has qualified for an offer and a reserve list place, you can keep the offer as well as staying on the reserve list/s until 3.00pm on 19 December 2018. After that time, unless you have declined your offer before the deadline, your child's name will be removed from the reserve list/s.

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.

Entry to Year 7 in 2018

The reserve lists for entry to Year 7 in 2018 are now closed. No further offers will be made for 2018.

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.

Return to top of page