It is common knowledge that selective schools are the top-ranking schools based on HSC results. However, with approximately only 4000 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 2019.

Source DET

School Min. Entry Score Status Area
Alexandria Park Community School 186 Partially Alexandria
Armidale High School 160 Partially Armidale
Auburn Girls High School 160 Partially Auburn
Aurora College (Virtual) 172 Partially Aurora
Baulkham Hills High School 230 Fully Baulkham Hills
Blacktown Boys High School 195 Partially Blacktown
Blacktown Girls High School 189 Partially Blacktown
Bonnyrigg High School 162 Partially Bonnyrigg
Caringbah High School 198 Fully Caringbah
Chatswood High School 215 Partially Chatswood
Elizabeth Macarthur High School 162 Partially Narellan
Fort Street High School 222 Fully Petersham
Girraween  High School 225 Fully Girraween
Gorokan High School 161 Fully Lake Haven
Gosford High School 188 Fully Gosford
Grafton High School 161 Partially Grafton
Granville Boys High School 161 Partially Granville
Hornsby Girls High School 227 Fully Hornsby
Hurlstone Agricultural High School 207 Fully Glenfield
James Ruse Agricultural High School 250 Fully Carlingford
Karabar High School 160 Partially Queanbeyan
Kooringal High School 160 Partially Kooringal North
Macquarie Fields High School 179 Partially Macquarie Fields
Merewether High School 191 Fully Broadmeadow
Moorebank High School 176 Partially Moorebank
Normanhurst Boys High School 225 Fully Normanhurst
North Sydney Boys High School 234 Fully Crows Nest
North Sydney Girls High School 226 Fully Crows Nest
Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus) 217 Fully North Curl Curl
Parramatta High School 210 Partially Parramatta
Peel High School 161 Partially Tamworth
Penrith High School 215 Fully Penrith
Prairiewood High School 177 Partially Wetherill Park
Rose Bay Secondary College 184 Partially Dover Heights
Ryde Secondary College 201 Partially Ryde
Sefton High School 197 Partially Sefton
Smith’s Hill High School 194 Fully Wollongong
St George Girls High School 207 Fully Kogarah
Sydney Boys High School 229 Fully Moore Park
Sydney Girls High School 225 Fully Surry Hills
Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 182 Partially Rozelle
Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus) 186 Partially Rozelle
Sydney Technical High School 198 Fully Bexley
Tempe High School 189 Partially Tempe

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 2019.

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?

Global Education Academy has helped hundreds of students achieve a placement in a selective high school as well as obtaining scholarships to private schools. 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 weeks
  • Commencing: Term 2, 2019
  • Locations: Kogarah and Turramurra Campus
  • Completion: March 2020 (the week before the Selective exam in 2020)
  • Sessions: 4 hours per week – Mathematics, English, Writing, General Ability, exam techniques, time management, problem-solving strategies and most importantly, reducing cognitive load
  • Mock exams that mirror the Selective Test structure
  • 2 hours per week homework assistance (optional- free of charge)
  • Full guidance for parents throughout the application process

If you are interested in selective high school and/or scholarship for your child, or would like further information, please enquire today on 1300 001 432.