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.

The new test date for the Selective High School Placement Test for entry to Year 7 in 2024 is expected to be 4 May 2023. Application dates are yet to be confirmed.

Entry to Year 7 in 2023

Information is subject to change throughout 2022 because COVID-19 restrictions and the damage and disruption caused to continuity of learning by the floods across NSW may affect timing and processes.

Applications for entry in 2023 opened on 19 October 2021 and closed on 17 November 2021. The placement test was held on 31 March 2022.

Selective High School Placement Test - Illness or misadventure

If your child was unable to sit the test on test day or was prevented from doing his or her best in the test, you should submit a request for consideration of illness/misadventure, along with relevant supporting evidence.

A request relating to test performance must be submitted by 7 April 2022.

A request relating to attendance at the test must be submitted by 8 April 2022. The date was extended to accommodate schools closed due to flooding.

Late application

Requests for late applications can no longer be accepted.

If not approved for a late application, you have the option to apply for placement starting in Years 8 to 12.

Messaging and making changes to the application

Send and receive messages through your application dashboard. The message is automatically connected to your child's record.

You can make changes to your application after it has been submitted. You can update 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. To view details and make changes, go to the 'Action' column to the right of your listed application and click on the three dots. Resubmit after you have made your changes.

Student details such as current school and address cannot be changed in your application dashboard just before test centre allocation. If you need to change student details such as current school and address during that time, please send a message via your application portal including the details of the change you wish to make. We will update the record for you. You can then check later in your application that the changes have been made.

Entry to Year 7 in 2022

The reserve list is active until 1 May 2022. Parents will be contacted if a place becomes available before that date. You can follow the progress of the reserve lists until the end of the 2021 school year.

Closing of reserve lists

Students who have accepted an offer to a selective high school and also have a place on a reserve list will be removed from the reserve list on the last day students attend for the school year.

To remain on the reserve list after this date the current offer must be declined. There is no guarantee the student will receive any further offers.

For those remaining on reserve lists, an offer may be made until at least the end of Term 1, or until the beginning of Term 2 when all reserve lists close and the Years 8 to 12 placement begins.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education 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 is 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 dashboard or else email your enquiry to the Team rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.

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