After the test

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

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.

The High Performing Students Unit moderates school assessment scores for calculation of the placement score. This allows selection committees to compare the scores of students from different schools. Go to the selection process for further details about the moderation and scaling process.

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

Illness/misadventure

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. Send the illness/misadventure form with evidence to the High Performing Students Unit by the due date, within 2 weeks of the test. Parents cannot appeal about test conditions or illness that would be known at the time of the test, after they receive their placement outcome.

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 Gifted and Talented Policy.

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