Placement outcome information

For Year 5 entry in 2024, placement outcomes are expected to be released overnight on 20 October 2023. An email notification will be sent telling you to log in to your application dashboard using the email you registered with and the password you created. When you see your applications listed, click on the three dots under the Action column at the right. Select 'Outcomes' to view the outcome and the Performance report.

For more information please read the Placement Outcome Information.

Parents are expected to be notified by email on the evening of 20 October 2023 when their child’s outcome notification is available in the application dashboard.

In the dashboard you will be advised about the outcome of your application for opportunity class placement. A Performance report will also be included that shows how your child performed in the placement test.

If your child has qualified for an offer or has been placed on a reserve list, for each school preference one of four possible outcomes will be indicated in the application portal: 

  • Offer
  • Reserve (with reserve band timeframe estimate)
  • Unsuccessful
  • Not applicable


If one of your choices is showing as an offer, congratulations, your child has been made an offer for placement at this school. You now need to select whether to accept or decline the offer in the application dashboard by the response date.

Offers will lapse if a response is not submitted by the response date.

If you accept an offer, you can decline the offer later if you change your mind. However, once you have declined an offer you cannot change your mind and accept it again. If you declined your offer by mistake, please contact us as soon as possible through the application dashboard.

Aurora College

Aurora College requires a lengthy liaison period with the host schools they will be partnering with. Accordingly, offers to all eligible applicants are made at the same time. There is no reserve list for Aurora College. 

Reserve list

If one or more of your choices is showing as a reserve list, your child has been placed on the reserve list for the school shown. You may be made an offer after the initial outcome notification if your child’s position on the reserve list is reached before all vacancies are filled.

Applicants whose children are on a reserve list only, can be offered a place if their child’s position on the reserve list is reached until at least the end of Term 1, 2025.

Students on reserve lists are not guaranteed an offer of a place.

Reserve list and an Offer

If you accept an offer for one school your child may also be placed on the reserve list for a school listed as first choice (a higher preference) on your application.

If your child’s reserve list position for the first choice school is reached, you will receive another offer. If the subsequent offer is accepted, the original offer is automatically declined. If, however, you decide to decline the second offer, you will not lose your child’s original offer (unless you actively decline that as well).

Reserve lists - locking date

If you have accepted an offer to an opportunity class and your child also has a place on a reserve list, your child’s name will be removed from the reserve list at 5pm on Thursday 18 January 2024.

To remain on the reserve list after this date the currently accepted offer must be declined before that date.

Declining a reserve outcome

If your child is on a reserve list but you are sure you do not want your child to be placed in that opportunity class, please select ‘Withdraw reserve’ in the application dashboard.

Reserve band

Along with the notification that a child is on a reserve list there will be an accompanying reserve band (A, B, C, D, E) that gives a general idea of how long it might take to receive an offer. The reserve band is based on when students in a similar position were placed during a previous year’s placement process.

These are estimates only. There is no guarantee that an offer will be made during the estimated time period; the number and timing of declined offers is not necessarily similar from year to year.

Offer time frame estimate:

A = within 1 month of the outcome notification

B = within 2 months of the outcome notification

C = within 3 months of the outcome notification

D = in January

E = Remainder - students were either made a very late offer after January or remained on the reserve list

VIDEO: Opportunity class reserve bands

[Transcript of video animation: Opportunity classes reserve bands (2 minutes 16 seconds)]

If your child has been placed on a reserve list for opportunity class placement, they'll be given a reserve band.

This information is displayed in the ‘Reserve Band’ column of the application dashboard next to the relevant school.

Reserve bands range from Band A to Band E and are based on the way offers were made from the same reserve list positions in the previous year.

It is important to note, that students who are placed on a reserve list for a particular school are not guaranteed an offer.

The reserve bands are designed to help you make educational plans and should be treated only as a guide.

If your child's position on a reserve list is reached, you will receive an email asking you to view the updated outcome in the ‘application dashboard’.

You need to then ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ the placement offer.

If you don't respond by the due date, the offer will lapse and the place will be given to the next eligible student.

If you have accepted a placement offer from one school and have also received another offer from your first-choice school, you can choose to either ‘accept’ or ‘decline’ this new offer.

If you accept the new offer, the original offer is automatically declined.

You may accept an offer while remaining on a reserve list for a higher-choice school until the locking date shown on this page of our website.

If you want to remain on a reserve list for your first-choice school after the advertised locking date, you need to decline your current offer.

Students who have accepted an offer for placement cannot remain on the reserve list for their first-choice school after that date.

If your child is on a reserve list, but you no longer want them to be placed in that school, select ‘withdraw’ from the reserve list in the application dashboard.

Note that you cannot change this decision later.

Visit the Selective high schools and opportunity classes website for reserve list progression updates and additional information.

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Regrettably, your child has been unsuccessful for placement in one or more of your choices. If your child is unsuccessful for all choices, the individual choices will not be listed.

Not applicable

Where your child would have qualified for a lower choice but has qualified for an offer to a higher choice, the outcome for the lower choice school will be shown as ‘Not applicable’.

Performance report

The Performance report shows how your child performed in comparison to the other students who took the test in that year.

For each of the test components, the report shows where your child performed in one of four bands:

  • top 10% of candidates

  • next 15% of candidates

  • next 25% of candidates

  • lowest 50% of candidates

Download a Performance report example [PDF, 240KB].

It is important to understand that the Performance report does not show the percentage of correct answers a child has achieved for any of the test components, rather how many other students performed within the same range.

The Performance report does not provide an individual’s test scores or placement rank.

Test scores or placement rank are not available.

VIDEO: Understanding your child's performance report

Transcript of video animation: ‘Understanding your child's Performance report Transcript’ (4 minutes 25 seconds)


There are three test components that make up the opportunity class placement test. Reading, Mathematical Reasoning and Thinking Skills.

The Selective High School Placement Test is made up of four components: Reading, Mathematical Reasoning, Thinking Skills and Writing.

The Performance reports show how a child performed compared to the other students who sat the test.

The white box with the coloured icon shows a child's performance. For each component of the test, the students are placed in rank order. For example, if 15,000 students sat the Selective High School Placement Test roughly 1,500 students form the top 10% for each test component. The next 15% of students make up the top 25% of students. The next 25% of students make up the top 50% and the remaining 50% of students form the final 50% of students. In this example, that is 7,500 students.

It is important to understand that the Performance report does not show the percentage of correct answers a child has achieved for any of the test components.

For example, if a child is in the top 10% for Reading, this does not mean that they scored 90%. It means the child has achieved a result that places them in the top 10% of students who completed that reading test.

Likewise, a score in the lowest 50% for Thinking Skills does not mean a child failed that test component. It means the child's results place them in the lowest 50% of students that took the Thinking Skills test. In fact, for each test component, half of the students will be placed in the lower 50% and there is no pass or fail mark for any of the test components.

The placement tests are designed for one specific purpose. To identify students who will benefit from placement in an opportunity class or selective high school.

The questions do not measure knowledge of the school curriculum, but rather problem solving and critical thinking ability, and therefore cannot be used as a diagnostic tool to identify curriculum areas where children can improve.

For many children, the Opportunity Class Placement Test or the Selective High School Placement Test is one of their first formal testing experiences. Therefore, it is important to consider if and how you will share a child's results with them.

Many children who sit the tests are used to performing well academically, and they may be disappointed if they did not achieve similar results to those they achieve at school. If sharing the Performance report with a child, please emphasise that the test is not an indication of how well they are doing at school or how well they are doing in comparison to other students in their grade.

The questions on the test are designed to challenge gifted and high potential students who are already able to perform at the very top of their grade level. There is no pass or fail mark, and only about one in eight students are successful in gaining a place in an opportunity class and a quarter of students are successful in gaining a selective high school place.

Also, it is important to highlight what the child has achieved. Taking the test is an achievement in itself, and it can help to acknowledge and celebrate this.

For further information about the opportunity class and selective high school placement process, please visit our website.

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It is not possible to have your child’s test papers checked or re-marked. The scanning of the test answer sheets is a rigorous and accurate process. The answer sheets are electronically scanned and any instance of a detected anomaly in an answer sheet is automatically sent for a manual review. This process ensures that test scoring has an extremely high degree of accuracy.


Opportunity class schools will contact parents who have accepted offers about enrolment procedures and open days later in the year.

Brothers and sisters

Placement in an opportunity class is based on academic merit. The placement of one twin or triplet does not guarantee the placement of another. Brothers and sisters will be offered a place in the same opportunity class only if they are ranked highly enough to qualify.

Where brothers or sisters of students placed in a school with an opportunity class are not in the catchment area for that school, parents may apply for out-of-area enrolment at that school. There is no guarantee, however, that such an application will be successful.


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