Overall, minimum entry scores for entry into selective high schools have increased since 2020, with most schools experiencing a slight increase of around 1-4 points. Despite this overall trend, a few schools experienced slight declines in minimum entry scores, particularly Karabar High School, with a drop of 6 points.
With a little over 4,000 placements available each year and the growing number of students applying, entry into a selective high school is becoming increasingly difficult as the level of competition rises. This year 15,355 students in NSW sat the test for only 4,226 placements. This means 72% of applicants were unsuccessful.
To find out if your child has the potential to enter a selective high school, book a Benchmark Assessment with Global Education Academy.
Below is a table of the minimum entry score and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2021.
Minimum entry scores and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2021 (alphabetical order)
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 2021.
Min. Entry Score
Alexandria Park Community School
Armidale Secondary College
Auburn Girls High School
Aurora College (Virtual)
Baulkham Hills High School
Blacktown Boys High School
Blacktown Girls High School
Bonnyrigg High School
Caringbah High School
Chatswood High School
Elizabeth Macarthur High School
Fort Street High School
Girraween High School
Gorokan High School
Gosford High School
Grafton High School
Granville Boys High School
Hornsby Girls High School
Hurlstone Agricultural High School
James Ruse Agricultural High School
Karabar High School
Kooringal High School
Macquarie Fields High School
Merewether High School
Moorebank High School
Normanhurst Boys High School
North Sydney Boys High School
North Sydney Girls High School
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus
North Curl Curl
Parramatta High School
Peel High School
Penrith High School
Prairiewood High School
Rose Bay Secondary College
Ryde Secondary College
Sefton High School
Smiths Hill High School
St George Girls High School
Sydney Boys High School
Sydney Girls High School
Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus
Sydney Technical High School
Tempe High School
Source: Department of Education
*Please note that these marks vary from year to year.
What is the entry mark made up of?
The entry mark for selective schools is made up of several factors.
In prior years, the total calculated placement score was out of 300, with the following breakdown:
School Assessment Score*
English (Reading Comprehension and Writing)**
No school scores
Total calculated placement score
*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.
From 2021, this has changed to a total calculated placement score out of 120, in part due to changes in the Placement Test design. The table below demonstrates the breakdown:
Weighted scaled test score
Moderated School Assessment Score*
Total calculated placement score
*Some independent schools do not have to provide this score.
For each test component, the raw test score is scaled on a state-wide basis to reduce the variability in test question difficulty.
How can I get my child a placement in a selective school?
Global Education Academy has assisted hundreds of students to achieve selective high school placement and obtain 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 equips 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 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 of what schools to nominate in the application and in what order to prioritise them. Having the “right” order is a key aspect for a successful application. Some students miss out simply because they did not prioritise the schools strategically to maximise success.
GEA Selective School & Scholarship Program
- Length: 40 weeks
- Locations: Kogarah and Turramurra Campus and online
- Completion: March 2022 (the week before the Selective exam in 2022)
- Sessions: 4 hours per week – Mathematics, English, Writing, Thinking Skills, exam techniques, time management, problem-solving strategies and most importantly, reducing cognitive load
- Mock exams that mirror the Selective Test structure
- 1 hour 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 call us today on 1300 001 432.