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#1 Selective high school, James Ruse Agricultural High School.

UPDATE: For 2019 selective high school entry marks click here.

It is common knowledge that selective schools are the top-ranking schools based on HSC results. However, with only 4,000 (approx) placements available each year and an ever-growing number of students applying, it has become increasingly difficult to gain entry to a selective high school. This year 14,501 candidates in NSW sat the test for only 4,256 placements in Year 7. In other words, 71% of applicants were unsuccessful.

Below is a table of the minimum entry score and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2018.

Selective Schools Entry Marks for 2018* (alphabetical order)

Source DET

Rank School Minimum Entry Score Status Area
31 Alexandria Park Community School 170 Partially Alexandria
37 Armidale High School 161 Partially Armidale
35 Auburn Girls High School 162 Partially Auburn
4 Baulkham Hills High School 217 Fully Baulkham Hills
23 Blacktown Boys High School 188 Partially Blacktown
20 Blacktown Girls High School 189 Partially Blacktown
34 Bonnyrigg High School 163 Partially Bonnyrigg
16 Caringbah High School 195 Fully Caringbah
13 Chatswood High School 202 Partially Chatswood
38 Duval High School 161 Partially Armidale
44 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 160 Partially Narellan
10 Fort Street High School 215 Fully Petersham
7 Girraween  High School 216 Fully Girraween
39 Gorokan High School 161 Fully Lake Haven
24 Gosford High School 186 Fully Gosford
40 Grafton High School 161 Partially Grafton
41 Granville Boys High School 161 Partially Granville
5 Hornsby Girls High School 217 Fully Hornsby
14 Hurlstone Agricultural High School 201 Fully Glenfield
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 241 Fully Carlingford
45 Karabar High School 160 Partially Queanbeyan
42 Kooringal High School 161 Partially Kooringal North
29 Macquarie Fields High School 181 Partially Macquarie Fields
28 Merewether High School 183 Fully Broadmeadow
32 Moorebank High School 170 Partially Moorebank
3 Normanhurst Boys High School 218 Fully Normanhurst
2 North Sydney Boys High School 226 Fully Crows Nest
8 North Sydney Girls High School 216 Fully Crows Nest
11 Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus) 207 Fully North Curl Curl
15 Parramatta High School 200 Partially Parramatta
43 Peel High School 161 Partially Tamworth
12 Penrith High School 205 Fully Penrith
33 Prairiewood High School 167 Partially Wetherill Park
26 Rose Bay Secondary College 184 Partially Dover Heights
17 Ryde Secondary College 195 Partially Ryde
21 Sefton High School 189 Partially Sefton
27 Smith’s Hill High School 184 Fully Wollongong
18 St George Girls High School 195 Fully Kogarah
6 Sydney Boys High School 217 Fully Moore Park
9 Sydney Girls High School 216 Fully Surry Hills
30 Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 177 Partially Rozelle
25 Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus) 186 Partially Rozelle
19 Sydney Technical High School 194 Fully Bexley
22 Tempe High School 189 Partially Tempe
36 Virtual Selective High School (Aurora College) 162  Partially  Aurora

Source: DET

*Please note that these marks vary from year to year.

There are 17 fully selective high schools, 26 high schools with selective classes, which are called partially selective, 4 agricultural high schools and a virtual selective class provision offering selective placement in Year 7 for entry in 2018.

What is the entry mark made up of?

The entry mark for selective school is made up using several factors, the table below demonstrates the breakdown.

The Mark Breakdown

Component School Assessment Score* Test Score Total
English (Reading Comprehension and Writing)** 50 50 100
Mathematics** 50 50 100
General Ability No School Scores 100 100
Total 100 200 300

*some independent schools do not have to provide this score.

**Schools provide the school assessment scores out of 100 in English and Maths, based generally on the student’s performance in year 5 (usually using the mid-year report) and NAPLAN results in Year 5.

How does the formula work?

For each test component, the test score is scaled to a mean of 60 and a standard deviation of 12. In other words, the average score correct out of 45 for Reading is scaled to 60 out of 100 and all other scores are calculated relative to that score of 60.

How can I get my child a placement in a selective school?

At Global Education Academy, the success rate for the Selective and Scholarship Preparation Program is higher than 90%. The course exposes students to the structure and types of questions commonly used in the Selective High School Placement Test and empowers them with systematic tools and practice to cultivate higher order thinking skill. The course empowers students with exam techniques and tools to reduce and manage cognitive load theory experience during exams. This ensures a true reflection of their ability and potential.

The course also includes 8 Mock Tests that are structured similar to the actual test. Students’ performance in these tests gives a significant indication of their future performance. It also guides us and parents to what schools to nominate in the application and in what order to prioritise them. Having the “right” order is a key point for a successful application. Some students miss out merely because they did not prioritise the schools strategically to maximise their chances.

The program:

  • Length: 40-week course
  • Commencing: Term 2, 2018
  • Locations: Kogarah Campus and Turramurra Campus
  • Completion: March 2019 (the week before the Selective exam in 2019)
  • Course Structure: 10 weeks every term + 5 day Selective Preparation Intensive Course in January 2019
  • Sessions: 4 hours per week – Mathematics, English, Writing, General Ability, Exam techniques, time management, problem solving strategies etc.
  • Mock exams that mirror the Selective Test structure
  • 2 hours per week homework assistance (optional- free of charge)

If you are interested in selective school for your child, or would like further information regarding selective school entry, please enquire today.