The placement outcome for entry in 2023 is expected to be sent to parents on 8 July 2022. The date will be confirmed in late June. If you do not receive your outcome within two days of the confirmed date, please check your junk/spam folder first, then send a message through your application dashboard.

The placement outcome advises that your child may be:

  • offered a place at one school choice and/or
  • placed on a reserve list (waiting list) for one or more school choices
  • unsuccessful for placement and unsuccessful for a place on the reserve list for all choices.

If your child is made an offer to one school and also had a score high enough for a lower choice school, the lower choice school will be shown as 'Not applicable'.

A response form will be provided for students with offers. A due date for return will be noted on the form, usually within two weeks. You will not receive a response form if you are advised that your child is on a reserve list only.

Score information will be provided for most applicants. In most cases it will show components used to calculate the placement score.

If you receive an offer or reserve place you will be sent a Placement outcome information bulletin explaining the terms used and the next steps in the placement process.

Early advice about the outcome

Parents having to pay a non-refundable deposit of more than $2500 to secure a place at a non-government school may wish to avoid paying the deposit if they can be told it is likely that their child will receive a first-round offer before the outcome is released. In such cases, parents can contact the Team in June for an ‘Early advice request’ form. The form must be returned accompanied by proof of the amount of the deposit and the date by which the non-refundable deposit must be paid.

If approved, any early advice that the Team provides in response will be indicative only and may not be the final outcome. Prior to the completion of the selection process, the Team will generally only be able to advise either that a student will clearly qualify based on their likely placement score or that they will be unsuccessful for all choices.

You can ask for early advice once only after submitting the form, then you can call one or two days before the deadline for paying the non-refundable deposit to get the advice if it has been approved.

Delayed outcomes

Selection committees may need to conduct further investigation for a small number of applications. Those applicants will receive advice as soon as possible.

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.

Students on a reserve list are allocated a reserve list number that does not change. When an applicant declines an offer of placement, the next student from the reserve list is offered the place. In some cases, such as a result of a successful appeal, two students can be placed at the same reserve list number. When this happens the student with the higher score will be made the first offer.

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

Unsuccessful means the score 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 early July. 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 2021 so all parents will receive outcomes by email.

Some applications are on hold for further processing and the outcome will be sent as soon as possible.

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 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.

Selection committees can adjust scores for a range of individual circumstances and special considerations. This means using components of the scores differently or using alternative evidence of academic merit. In some cases, if a child's calculated placement score has been based on such adjustments, the adjusted scores are not released.

There is an opportunity to request a review of the test scores 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 and in the Selection process section about calculation of scores.

You cannot use the scaled test scores to recalculate a placement score because of the moderation and scaling process used to calculate the placement score.

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 their calculated placement score and the order of school choices. Each school also has a list of reserves. Applicants are given their reserve list position with their outcome advice. If you have a reserve place and the reserve place is reached, we will contact you with an offer. You can choose to accept or decline the new offer.

From the second week of August you can follow the progress of the reserve lists until the last day of the school year (15 December 2021 for entry in 2022, 14 December for entry in 2023), when it is no longer updated online. However, subsequent offers will still 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. Students will receive an offer if their position on the reserve list is reached. 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.
  • Progress on a reserve list varies from school to school and year to year as it is determined by students declining offers.
  • 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

Most parents are sent scaled test marks along with the placement outcome advice. The scores are scaled and weighted to derive the calculated placement score. Therefore you cannot reproduce the calculation by converting scores to a percentage and adding.

The selection committee may adjust a student's score based on criteria such as Aboriginality, length of time doing all school work in English, illness/misadventure request, appeal and a number of other factors. This is why a student may appear higher on a reserve list than another student with a higher calculated placement score.

In a few cases the score cannot be released. Any scores that were based on alternative evidence of academic merit or were adjusted by selection committees cannot be released as they are not applicable. Find out more about scores in the Selection process.

No other score information is available, including adjusted scores or school rankings. Details of scores will not be provided over the phone.

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 scoring 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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