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 2024

For entry to Year 7 in 2024, applications are expected to open on 18 October and close on 16 November 2022. The Selective High School Placement Test will be held on 4 May 2023.

Entry to Year 7 in 2023

The release of placement outcomes is expected in the latter half of August. Please check your email for the notification that advises you when your outcome has been generated and is available to view.

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.

Equity Placement Model

We’ve made improvements to the way we place students in opportunity classes and selective high schools.

The Equity Placement Model helps to make access fairer by holding a percentage of places for students from the following under-represented groups: students from low socio-educational advantage backgrounds, Aboriginal students, students from rural and remote locations, and students with disability.

Learn more about the Equity Placement Model.

Outcome reporting

The way we report student performance on the Selective High Schools Placement Test has been improved. Parents will now receive a new Performance report as part of their placement outcome information.

For those students who are placed on a reserve list for a school preference, we now provide a time estimate of how long it might take to receive an offer.

To learn more about these changes please visit Outcome.

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 within 5 working days of the test.

A request relating to attendance at the test must be submitted within 5 working days of the test. In 2022, the date was extended by one day 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 dashboard 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.

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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