Placement outcome reporting

Updated information will be available soon.

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, the next student from the reserve list is offered the place.

The Team begins making offers for students on reserve lists in mid August. Offers continue to be made until at least the end of Term 1 of the year of entry

Unsuccessful means the result is not high enough for the student to be on a reserve list. Please do not contact the Team to request your child be added to a reserve list as this is not possible. Entry scores from previous years cannot tell you whether your child should have got an offer for next year.

Outcome advice will be sent to most applicants in late July or early August in 2022. It will be sent after business hours and it takes several hours to send. Please check your email spam/junk folder before contacting the Team.

It is not possible to send correspondence by mail in 2022 so all parents will receive outcomes by email.

Some outcomes may be delayed if further processing is necessary. Temporary visa holders will not receive a placement outcome but will be sent other information shortly after.

You cannot change selective high school choices when you find that your child was unsuccessful but you believe they could have qualified for a different school or the transport arrangements are not practical.

School choices cannot be changed 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 Team Leader and the school.

If a change is approved, the student may be placed on a reserve list for another selective high school with no guarantee of a place becoming available.

Updated information will be available soon.

There is an opportunity to request a review of the test results through a Results enquiry online form within 5 working days after the outcome is sent. You will be advised of this process in your outcome letter and in the Placement outcome information.

Read the information on the Outcomes section of the website about marking.

Check the Appeals page for information about appealing the outcome if you have valid grounds and documentary evidence.

Responding to an offer

Complete, sign and return the response form to the High Performing Students Team before the due date, usually 14 days later. If you get an offer by phone you may have to respond within 24 hours. Offers will lapse if responses are not received by the due date advised with the offer.

If you accept an offer and then change your mind about accepting it, please contact the Team to decline the offer immediately so the next student on the reserve list can then be offered the place.

We will confirm receipt of your response to an offer within 21 days. We send a confirmation when the response has been processed. Please do not phone to ask if the response has been received as it slows our processing. If we have not received a response from you we will send a reminder. If you have not received the confirmation 21 days later, contact the Team.

If you will be unable to check your email for more than a week, such as going on holiday with no internet access, you can advise the Team that you will accept any offer in advance if your child qualifies.

Withdrawal or lapse of offers

Offers will be withdrawn if students do not satisfy all enrolment requirements, such as residency, or if students do not enrol at the school at the beginning of the school year without providing a satisfactory explanation and without prior approval from the principal of the selective high school.

Any deferment must be negotiated with the selective high school principal before enrolment. The request may not be approved. You cannot defer enrolment beyond the first day of Term 2 in the year of entry.

Offers will lapse if the offer response is not returned to the Team by the due date and if we are unable to contact the applicant.

Offers may be cancelled if placement is made on the basis of false or misleading information.

Reserve lists

Selective high schools have a limited number of places available each year. Students are offered a place based on academic merit and the order of school choices. Each school also has a list of reserves. If you are on a reserve list and an offer becomes available, we will contact you with an offer. You can choose to accept or decline the new offer.

Offers from the reserve list will be made until at least the end of Term 1, or until mid-June at the latest.

When a parent declines an offer of placement, a student from the reserve list is offered the place. Applicants must accept any offers by the advised due date or the offer will lapse.

  • Offers are made from July until at least the end of Term 1 of the year of entry. From that time, principals may hold vacancies over for the Years 8 to 12 placement process.
  • Students on reserve lists are not guaranteed an offer of a place before reserve lists close.
  • Students who have accepted an offer for one school may also be placed on the reserve list for a school or schools they listed in a higher position on their application. If their reserve list position for a higher choice of school is reached, they will receive another offer. If the subsequent offer is accepted, the original offer is automatically declined. If the student is on a reserve list for a third higher choice school, and the reserve place for that school is reached, the Team will still make a subsequent offer even if the lower choice offer was declined.

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 mid-June at the latest, when all reserve lists close and the Years 8 to 12 placement begins.

Aurora College

Offers to Aurora College will be completed before the end of October to organise timetabling with local 'host' high schools. No further offers will be made for Aurora College from that time.

Score details for parents

Updated information will be available soon.

Results enquiry

Parents who believe there has been an error in the processing or reporting of their child's test results for the Selective High School Placement Test can request a results enquiry. A results enquiry involves:

  • checking that the students’ data is matched correctly to their test
  • a clerical check of any computer marked answer sheets to ensure that there were no errors in the scanning or marking processes
  • a review of examiner-marked components by a senior examiner to ensure that the marking criteria have been appropriately applied.

Applicants are informed about how to make a results enquiry in their outcome email. A results enquiry must be submitted within five working days after the outcome’s release date.

Parents should note that it is possible that the student’s test results can change, either go up or down, in the event that a processing error has occurred with the results.

Appealing the outcome

If you have reason to appeal the outcome of the placement process, find out more about appeals.

Appeals must be made on valid grounds. Appeals cannot be made on the basis that the student would have qualified for a different school.

Outcome details for primary schools

The Team sends reports to government primary schools listing the outcome for all their students who applied. Non-government school principals can request the information if the school provided information on the principal’s page and if the parents gave permission for the Team to communicate with the school when they applied.


Selective high schools will contact parents about enrolment procedures and open days later in the year.

All parents of students placed in selective high schools are sent an 'Authority to attend' letter in mid-January of the year of entry. This document confirms the student's entitlement to enrol in a selective high school. Students must present the letter to the school on the first day of Term 1 along with other original documents the school requires.

Offers may be cancelled if placement is made on the basis of false or misleading information.

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