Select Entry Tests

Victoria

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.

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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.

SEAL

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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OC tests

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.

Placement Scores

NSW Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Scores are calculated based on the same model.

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Test Prep

You can find select entry test dates here: ACER, EduTest.

Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy Selective school and scholarship test practice papers or books | More selective schools entrance test books | Victorian selective schools entrance exams with answers | NSW Opportunity Class OC test books for practice. The practice questions provide an ideal opportunity for students and parents to develop familiarity with the style of the papers and gain valuable experience answering real questions. We recommend that students practise practice papers 'under exam conditions' (e.g. timing).

With a subscription (recurring or one-off, minimum one-month in total), you can request 3 or more past papers or practice questions for individual use only, depending on your subscription. Note that only sample questions or practice tests are available to selective schools and scholarship tests.

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