Application process

Applications for Year 7 entry to a selective high school are completed and submitted online. The link to the form will be available below from 6 October 2020 until 9 November 2020 for entry in 2022.

Applications for entry in 2021 are now closed.

A new online application site is under construction. Information about changes to the application process for entry in 2022 will be updated in coming weeks.

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 applying (available here soon) to find out about all aspects of the placement process.

  1. Go to the selective high school placement application online (the link will be available here on 6 October until 9 November 2020). Follow the instructions for applying.
  2. First register by entering a valid email address in the online form - do not use a student's email address.
  3. You will receive an email with your password for the online application.
  4. Return to the application and log in using your email address and the password.
  5. If you lose the password, go to Login and enter your email address to reset your password. Earlier passwords will be cancelled.
  6. Follow the steps on each page to complete the placement application.
  7. Enter any information about disabilities, including medical or behavioural conditions, and request reasonable adjustments for disability for the test if required.
  8. Upload relevant documents if applicable. You can also upload documents and send messages after you submit.
  9. Choose up to three selective high schools. Choose the selective high schools in the order of preference.
  10. To leave the application before it is finished, you can save your work and log in again when you return.
  11. 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.
  12. When you have completed your application click 'Submit'.
  13. Check your email for the confirmation of your application.

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 'by 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 In box.

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 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. Parents can be added to the application if they are authorised to access information about the child's application.

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 parenst 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 such as severe vision impairment, diabetes, anaphylaxis, autism or serious illness. If you have requested disability adjustments for the test, you will 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 IQ report
  • for Aboriginal students, confirmation of Aboriginality, if requested.

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

Changes to the application

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

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.


After submitting your application you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your student's application number.

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, parents indicate whether they consent for the current school principal to be consulted about matters such as school assessment scores or disability provisions for the test.

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 (for entry in 2022).
  • 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.


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.

Late applications

Closing dates for applications will be 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 rural or remote areas where there is a shortage of suitable candidates. 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.

If you have strong extenuating circumstances that prevented you from applying in time, you can log in and send a message to the team. Explain the circumstances. attaching all relevant evidence to support the request, and listing the selective high schools you would have chosen.

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