After the test

Students are offered placement in selective high schools based on academic merit. Offers are determined by individual school selection committees.


If a student is ill or suffers a misadventure prior to or during the test, applicants can submit a request for consideration of illness/misadventure.

Parents cannot appeal about test conditions or illness that should have been considered at the time of the test, after they receive their placement outcome.


Generally, the results of the Selective High Schools Placement Test and school assessment scores are used to determine a calculated placement score for each student. The calculated placement score is used to rank candidates applying for placement at the selective school.

Go to the selection process for further details about the scoring process.

Students receive advice about the outcome of their selective high school applications in early July. Offers must be responded to by the due date provided with the offer.

Support for students

Entry to selective high schools is very competitive. Only approximately 1 in 4 students can be placed. Only students who are capable of doing well at the particular selective high school are offered a place.

Key indicators of success in selective high school include:

  • test and assessment results
  • a student's willingness to learn
  • how students respond to teachers and interact with other students.

Students who do not gain entry can still achieve success at a comprehensive high school. Students at comprehensive high schools can achieve results as good, or better, than selective high school students. Comprehensive high schools have gifted and talented programs as part of the Department of Education's high potential and gifted education policy.

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