There are currently two single-sex selective entry high schools in Victoria for students in Year 9 - 12:
Mac.Robertson Girls' High School
(taking girls) and
Melbourne High School
(taking boys). There are also two co-educational schools:
Nossal High School,
situated in Berwick and named after University of Melbourne's Emeritus Professor Sir Gus Nossal and
Suzanne Cory High School,
named after the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Professor Suzanne Cory.
John Monash Science School
has a different style of entrance examination (and so is and The University High School - Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences EBSS).
Find the details here.
A centralised selection process to admit year 8 students to the four selective entry schools
will include a common entrance examination.
See the following table for their test format, practice tests
and Practice test results (PDF - 11Kb).
If your child is in Year 8, they are eligible to sit the selective entry high schools entrance exam in June
(while the applications close in mid May). Students in government or non-government schools are eligible to apply.
Selective School Entrance Exams
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Generally speaking, EduTest uses the same format for Select Entry and
scholarship tests. Scholarship and entrance exams are comprised of Ability tests
and Achievement tests. However there is an exception. As mentioned above, John
Monash Science School, has a different style of entrance examination. See
EduTest test format here.
How are students selected for selective schools? 85% of the Year 9 enrolments are selected through the ‘examination’.
10% of places are allocated according to rank, score and equity considerations.
The remaining 5% are selected through a ‘Principal’s discretionary selection category’, ie. the 5% rule-
restricts how many students could leave one particular school to take up a place at any selective school.
It only kicks in when more than 5% of the entire year 8 population of a school has achieved sufficient marks to obtain a place.
Select Entry Accelerated Learning programs (SEAL) may use their own test papers. However, the test formats are similar.
New South Wales
Selective High School Entrance Exams
NSW Selective High Schools Test is for students to gain entrance to a selective or agricultural high school in Year 7.
These schools cater for high achieving, academically talented students by providing an educationally enriched environment.
Agricultural high schools emphasise the study of agriculture with some residential facilities for isolated students.
The test consists of 4 parts - English Language, Written Expression, Mathematics and General Ability. It's held in March.
Visit NSW Selective High School Year 7 Test |
NSW Selective High School Year 7 Placement - selection process for more details.
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Opportunity classes (OC) are like Selective Primary Schools for students in Years 5 and 6. Students in NSW sit for the Opportunity Class test in Year 4.
There are 75 OC schools in NSW including 36 in Sydney.
The OC test covers similar topics to those the Selective School Tests cover (English, Maths and General Ability) in two sections about 30 minutes apart
but has no Written Expression. In many areas it is much harder to make it into an OC school than it is to make it into even an average Selective High School.
Try OC prep tests. Please visit
NSW Opportunity Class Placement - Year 5 entry to an opportunity class |
NSW Opportunity Class Placement - selection process for more information.
NSW Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Scores are calculated based on the same model.