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Selective School Test

Selective entry high schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically high achieving students.

Selective high schools in New South Wales accept students based on the Selective Schools Test results.

In general, entry into a government selective school is determined by a profile score, which is derived by combining school marks in English and mathematics with the marks received in the Selective High Schools Test in reading, writing, mathematics and general ability. Students in Year 6 sit the test to enter the selective high school in year 7.

These selective high schools cater for students who exceptionally gifted and talented, with great classroom performance and high academic ability.

“There can be no denying that students attending selective high schools achieve results beyond many of their peers attending private or mainstream schools.” as mentioned in Kidspot.


Common questions

1) Does my child get an advantage if we live very close to a selective high school?

2) What provision is made for students from nongovernment schools?

3) What can I do to prepare my child for the Selective High School Placement Test?

4) If my outcome advice indicates that my child is unsuccessful, can his or her name be placed on a reserve list?

5) What does the Selective High School Placement Test tell me about my child’s performance?

6) If my child was unsuccessful for opportunity class placement, does it mean he or she will be unsuccessful for selective high school entry?

7) If I receive an offer to one of my lower choices as well as being on the reserve list for one of my higher choices, do I have to give up the offer to stay on the reserve list?

You can find the full list of Frequently asked questions and answers on here.

Selective School Test Components

The Selective High School Placement Test is designed to measure the ability rather than mastery of the school curriculum. Students sit 3 multiple-choice tests including reading (45 questions), mathematics (40 questions) and general ability (60 questions). Students have 40 minutes to complete each test. Students show their answers by shading in bubbles on the answer sheets using black pen. The answers are marked by computer.

The fourth test is a writing test which is 20 minutes long. The writing must be completed on a maximum of 2 pages. A stimulus such as an image, a statement, a heading or a question is provided. Students respond to it in writing. To gain high marks for their writing students should write only about the topic, include interesting and imaginative ideas and communicate their ideas clearly.

The writing markers pay more attention to what is written than to how much is written. The writing markers need to be able to read the handwriting. The writing markers will give no marks if the writing is not about the topic or if the writing is using someone else’s ideas and words. The writing test is marked by trained markers. The answer sheets are identified by barcodes and not by names to ensure students cannot be identified by the markers. Students must be careful not to look at the work of others during the test. Students suspected of cheating risk disqualification from the test.

Information from schools.nsw.edu.au

Sample Tests

You can download sample selective school tests via this link.

Finding a Tutor 

If you like to find a tutor to help your kid with the Selective School Test, please visit Tutors Field.

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