Interstate and overseas applicants

For entry in 2025 the Selective High School Test will be held in NSW on 9 May 2024 in NSW designated test centres only. Students living interstate or overseas should travel to NSW to sit the test, where possible. There is no alternative test date and the test cannot be taken outside NSW. Students have a better chance of placement if they sit the test as only 5% of places are allocated to students who could not sit the test but qualify based on alternative evidence of academic merit.

Interstate and overseas procedure

If the student is living interstate or overseas but the family will be living in NSW by the start of Year 7 parents can apply for placement. If the student cannot sit the test you should:

  • submit the online application by the due date (available on 9 October 2023 to 20 November 2023)
  • submit the Report of academic merit form for interstate and overseas applicants by 9 May 2024. Log in to your application dashboard to upload the report with a message.

The report of academic merit requires:

  • a recent (within the last 2 years), reliable, full scale WISC V IQ report in English. The test must be administered and signed by a registered psychologist, sourced and paid for by the parent.
  • standardised test results in reading and mathematics. These can be administered by a psychologist or certified teacher. The specific test depends on what is available to the person administering the tests. Examples of standardised tests are WIAT-III and WIAT-IV or PAT Maths and PAT Reading. The psychologist or teacher should be able to advise which standardised tests would be available.
  • a supervised writing task. The topic should be general in nature and must be new to the student at the time of writing. It must be set and supervised by the person administering the standardised tests. The student must have 2 pages and 30 minutes to complete the task. No extra time is to be allowed for planning. The task is to be supervised and certified by the administrator as the student’s own unassisted writing.

Interstate and overseas students do not need to submit any other school reports.

Returning to sit the test

If interstate and overseas students can sit the test in NSW, parents should enter in the application a suitable suburb for test centre allocation. A Report of academic merit is not required if the student is in NSW to sit the test.

Parents of students currently interstate or overseas who had intended to travel to NSW for the test may be prevented from doing so. Please inform the Unit if you will not be able to attend the test as intended.


  • DoE

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  • NSW public school
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