2020 Selective High School Minimum Entry Scores

by admin | 21st April 2020 |

Minimum entry scores for entry into selective high schools have plummeted, with Girraween high school recording the lowest decline by dropping by a staggering 21 points.

Regardless of the drop in entry scores, selective schools are still the top-ranking schools based on HSC results. However, with a little over 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 15,079 candidates in NSW sat the test for only 4,226 placements in Year 7. In other words, 72% of applicants were unsuccessful.

To find out if your child has the potential to gain entry into a selective high school, book a Benchmark Test.

Below is a table of the minimum entry score and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2020 in alphabetical order.

School Min. Entry Score Status Area
Alexandria Park Community School 174 Partially Alexandria
Armidale High School 161 Partially Armidale
Auburn Girls High School 161 Partially Auburn
Aurora College (Virtual) 170 Partially Aurora
Baulkham Hills High School 234 Fully Baulkham Hills
Blacktown Boys High School 189 Partially Blacktown
Blacktown Girls High School 187 Partially Blacktown
Bonnyrigg High School 160 Partially Bonnyrigg
Caringbah High School 196 Fully Caringbah
Chatswood High School 213 Partially Chatswood
Elizabeth Macarthur High School 161 Partially Narellan
Fort Street High School 216 Fully Petersham
Girraween High School 218 Fully Girraween
Gorokan High School 160 Fully Lake Haven
Gosford High School 185 Fully Gosford
Grafton High School 160 Partially Grafton
Granville Boys High School 161 Partially Granville
Hornsby Girls High School 222 Fully Hornsby
Hurlstone Agricultural High School 200 Fully Glenfield
James Ruse Agricultural High School 246 Fully Carlingford
Karabar High School 166 Partially Queanbeyan
Kooringal High School 161 Partially Kooringal North
Macquarie Fields High School 178 Partially Macquarie Fields
Merewether High School 185 Fully Broadmeadow
Moorebank High School 170 Partially Moorebank
Normanhurst Boys High School 220 Fully Normanhurst
North Sydney Boys High School 231 Fully Crows Nest
North Sydney Girls High School 222 Fully Crows Nest
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 207 Fully North Curl Curl
Parramatta High School 201 Partially Parramatta
Peel High School 160 Partially Tamworth
Penrith High School 208 Fully Penrith
Prairiewood High School 174 Partially Wetherill Park
Rose Bay Secondary College 174 Partially Dover Heights
Ryde Secondary College 200 Partially Ryde
Sefton High School 192 Partially Sefton
Smiths Hill High School 181 Fully Wollongong
St George Girls High School 198 Fully Kogarah
Sydney Boys High School 219 Fully Moore Park
Sydney Girls High School 219 Fully Surry Hills
Sydney Technical High School 198 Fully Bexley
Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus 179 Partially Rozelle
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus 190 Partially Rozelle
Tempe High School 188 Partially Tempe

Source DET

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

There are 17 fully selective high schools, 25 partially selective high schools, 4 agricultural high schools and 2 virtual selective class provision offering selective placement in Year 7 for entry in 2020.

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 assisted hundreds of students to achieve a placement in a selective high school as well as obtaining scholarships to private schools. Our Selective & Scholarship Preparation Course exposes students to the structure and types of questions commonly asked in the Selective High School Placement Test and empowers them with systematic tools and practice to cultivate higher-order thinking skills. The course also 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 have a similar structure to the actual test. Students’ performance in these tests gives a clear indication of their future performance. It also gives us and parents an understanding as 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 simply because they did not prioritise the schools strategically to maximise success.

The program:

Length: 40 weeks
Starts: Term 2, 2020
Locations: Kogarah and Turramurra Campus
Completion: March 2021 (the week before the Selective exam in 2021)
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.

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