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 2019

Placement outcomes were sent to most applicants by email in the evening of 6 July 2018. For more information see the Outcome page. The time for submitting appeals has now closed.

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.

The due date for changing your choice of selective high schools was 5:00pm on Friday 27 April. It is now too late to change school choices.

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

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. When an applicant declines an offer of placement, a student from the reserve list is offered the place. 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.

Outcome advice was sent to most applicants by email on the evening of 6 July. It was sent to both email addresses if you provided two. 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 13 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 20 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. Check the Appeals page for information about appealing the outcome if you have valid grounds and documentary evidence.

While the Unit can check responses and scores, remarking 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 against other high performing students statewide.

Entry to Year 7 in 2020

Applications will open for placement in Year 7 in 2020 from 9 October 2018 to 12 November 2018. The test will be held on Thursday 14 March 2019.

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. Refer to the process for entry to Years 8 to 12.

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