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 that affects his or her performance in the test or prevented attendance at the test, parents can submit a request for consideration of illness/misadventure within 5 working days after the test.


For placement in 2023, the results of the Selective High Schools Placement Test alone are used to determine a calculated placement score for each student.

The calculated placement score is used to rank candidates applying for placement at each 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 shown on the response form.

Parents who believe there may be an error with the test scores can submit a Results enquiry within 5 working days after the outcome is sent.

Instead of the usual outcome letter, relevant parents will be notified if their child has been found to have engaged in malpractice during the test and has been disqualified from selective high school placement as a result.

Parents of students who miss the test without submitting an illness/misadventure request will also be notified that they have been disqualified from further consideration for selective high school placement.

If parents believe the placement outcome, the results enquiry outcome or the malpractice determination is incorrect they can submit an appeal within 15 working days of the outcome being sent.

Reserve lists

Students who qualify for reserve lists are offered places at the school as vacancies occur until May in the year of placement. Parents should notify the Team if they wish to withdraw from a reserve list.

Students holding offers will be removed from any reserve lists if they keep their offer by 3:00pm on the last day students attend school for the school year.

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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