Application process

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

About the application site

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Messages and changes to the application

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.

Log in to your application dashboard to make changes. It is your responsibility to check and correct your application if your details change.

Some changes are restricted to certain key dates. You can change selective school choices up to midnight on 25 April 2021 for entry in 2022. Changes of school choice cannot normally be made after the due date or after outcomes are released. After the outcome is released you cannot change the school choice on the basis that the student could have qualified for a different school.

Late applications

Closing dates for applications are strictly observed. The placement program operates on a very tight schedule and involves the use of external contractors who cannot accommodate late additions to the candidature for testing. There can be no exemptions made on compassionate grounds. The only circumstances under which a late application can be considered are:

  • Where parents are applying for placement of their children in selective high schools where there can be a shortage of suitable applicants, either for some rural schools or for a few metropolitan schools. The choices are locked for those applicants and they cannot be considered for other selective high schools even if they move their residence.
  • Where both parents/carers have documentary evidence to support a claim that circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing an application. The application takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is available 24 hours a day on any internet enabled device during the month that applications are open.

How to request approval for a late application

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

See how to request approval (PDF 1.07MB) for a late application.

Go to the request for a late application for placement in Year 7 in 2022. The request will be available from 20 November 2020.

You will need to explain the circumstances and attach all relevant evidence to support the request, and list the selective high schools you would have chosen.

The request will be considered for approval based on the evidence you provide with your request. You will receive a message telling you if your request is approved. If approved, you will be sent a link to complete the application.

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

Even if a late request to apply is approved, the school selection committees later have the discretion not to accept the late application.

Steps to apply

All applicants must complete the following steps to apply for Year 7 entry to a NSW selective high school. Read the Information about Placement in selective high schools for Year 7 entry in 2022 (PDF 610KB) for an overview of the placement process.

Read the application guide (PDF 580KB) which shows the steps in the application form.

  1. To apply, go to the online application for selective high school placement before 11:59pm on 17 November 2020 (now closed for new applications). Follow the instructions for applying.
  2. First register by entering your own name, a valid email address and a password in the online form - do not use a student's email address.
  3. You will receive an email with your verification link for the online application.
  4. Click on the link that has been sent to your email account to verify your email and complete the registration process.
  5. Return to the application and log in using your email address and the password your provided.
  6. If you forget the password, go to 'Forgot your password?' on the home page. Enter your email address and click 'Submit' to get an email to reset your password. Previous passwords will no longer be valid.
  7. Once you have logged in, follow the steps on each page to complete the placement application.
  8. Make us aware if your child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition, so that reasonable adjustments for disability can be made.
  9. Upload relevant documents if applicable. You can also upload documents and send and receive messages after you submit.
  10. Choose up to three selective high schools in the order of preference.
  11. Make sure you save your application if you want to leave it and return to it later. Then you can pick up where you left off when you return.
  12. Check all the details you have entered and correct any errors before submitting. You can also log in and make changes after you have submitted.
  13. When you have completed your application click 'Submit'.
  14. Check your email for the confirmation of your application.
  15. Log in at any time to send and receive messages about the application and make changes within key dates. Remember to submit again after you make changes.

Contact the High Performing Students Team if you experience any difficulties in completing or submitting your application.

Confirmation

After submitting your application you will receive an email confirming your application. You can log into your application dashboard to check the details you entered.

Applying without internet access

Use the internet at a public library if you do not have access at home. If you don't use email, set up a web-based email account such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or similar. Use that account to register to apply. In the application you can select your prefered communications method as 'Postal mail' so future communication will be sent by post. Check your new email account for the confirmation email straight after submitting the application. Check the spam or junk folder as well as the Inbox.

Contact the High Performing Students Team for assistance if you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer.

Parent details

Record the names of other parents in the application if they are likely to contact the Team or if they are entitled to receive information or make decisions about the application. Where parents live at different addresses but have equal responsibility for the care of the child, the parent with whom the child lives for most of the time should submit the application. If the student lives with each parent for equal time, the parent with whom the child is staying at the time should apply.

Please apply only once for the same student. Duplicate applications will be deleted.

The Team will not participate in parental disputes and will accept decisions about school choices and placement made by the parent who applied, unless there are court orders stating otherwise. Where parents cannot agree, the matter will be dealt with according to the Department's guidelines for dealing with family law related issues.

Additional documents

You can upload documents by logging in to your application at any time, including after you have submitted. Please ensure you upload copies of the following supporting documents if any of these apply to your child:

  • information about a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition. If you have requested reasonable adjustments for disability for the test, you may need to provide diagnostic evidence.
  • a copy of court orders if they relate to decisions about your child's education or communication about the child
  • an explanation of why the child is older or younger than the usual age range (1/1/2009 - 1/8/2010 for entry in 2022) or not in Year 5 when applying.

If requested, you may also need to supply:

  • for students who have been doing most school work in the English language for less than 48 months, evidence of previous schooling
  • for students without school assessment scores or Selective High School Placement Test results, a reliable full scale WISC V or Stanford Binet V IQ report
  • for Aboriginal students, confirmation of Aboriginality if not confirmed by school records.

You do not need to send school reports or certificates or other test results unless asked to do so.

School assessment scores

NSW primary schools give school assessment scores to show each student's achievement in English and mathematics in 2020 relative to other candidates from the same school. Public schools provide school assessment scores for applicants directly to the Team as long as:

  • the parent applied before the closing date
  • the student has been at the school long enough to be assessed
  • the student was in Year 5 at the time of application.

If school assessment scores from a NSW school cannot be provided, students will be considered on their test scores alone.

Find out more about score calculation.

Non-government school applicants

NSW non-government school applicants complete the online application form. When applying, by accepting the Privacy Notice, parents indicate their acceptance that the department may need to contact the non-government school regarding a student’s assessment information (such as school assessment scores) to assist with the placement process, or any declared health condition of the student to assist with disability adjustments for the test. You are asked to provide the principal’s name and either a contact number or email address for the school.

Parents of students at non-government schools receive the 'Principal's page for provision of school assessment scores' with the email confirming that the application was submitted.

  • Give the non-government school principal the 'Principal's page for submission of school assessment scores'. Ask the principal to provide scores for English and mathematics, sign and stamp the form and return it to the High Performing Students Team by 4 December 2020.
  • If the school is unwilling to provide assessment scores, ask the principal to indicate this, sign the declaration and return it to the Team. In such cases the student's calculated placement score is obtained by using test scores alone.
  • Apply for an exemption if the principal is unwilling to sign the principal's page.
  • If the principal does not wish to send the page to the Team, the parent must do so.

The Team will send a notice to parents when the principal's page has been received.

Exemptions

NSW non-government school applicants should make a request for formal exemption if the principal's page is not submitted or if the principal will neither provide scores nor sign the form. Return the exemption form (PDF 161KB) to the High Performing Students Team by 4 December 2020.

  • Exemption requests will not usually be approved by selection committees if any other applicants from the same school have been given school assessment scores. The selection committee can decide not to accept the application.
  • If a formal exemption has been granted, applications will usually be considered on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test only.

Formal exemption is not required for home schooled, interstate or overseas students who cannot provide school scores from a NSW school in the year of applying.

Interstate and overseas applicants

Students temporarily living interstate or overseas and unable to sit the Selective High School Placement Test may apply for Year 7 placement in a NSW selective high school. Applications will be considered by the selection committee through the interstate and overseas procedure or the illness/misadventure procedure (if students have school assessment scores from a NSW school). Applicants using the Interstate or overseas procedure do not need to supply school assessment scores from schools outside NSW. Parents must indicate in the application whether the student will be in NSW to sit the test and if so, which suburb is preferred as a test centre location.

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