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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. 

 

School 

Min. Entry Score 

Status 

Area 

Alexandria Park Community School 

176 

Partially 

Alexandria 

Armidale Secondary College 

162 

Partially 

Armidale 

Auburn Girls High School 

160 

Partially 

Auburn 

Aurora College (Virtual) 

160 

Partially 

Aurora 

Baulkham Hills High School 

233 

Fully 

Baulkham Hills 

Blacktown Boys High School 

191 

Partially 

Blacktown 

Blacktown Girls High School 

192 

Partially 

Blacktown 

Bonnyrigg High School 

165 

Partially 

Bonnyrigg 

Caringbah High School 

194 

Fully 

Caringbah 

Chatswood High School 

214 

Partially 

Chatswood 

Elizabeth Macarthur High School 

161 

Partially 

Narellan 

Fort Street High School 

216 

Fully 

Petersham 

Girraween High School 

220 

Fully 

Girraween 

Gorokan High School 

160 

Fully 

Lake Haven 

Gosford High School 

187 

Fully 

Gosford 

Grafton High School 

160 

Partially 

Grafton 

Granville Boys High School 

160 

Partially 

Granville 

Hornsby Girls High School 

221 

Fully 

Hornsby 

Hurlstone Agricultural High School 

202 

Fully 

Glenfield 

James Ruse Agricultural High School 

248 

Fully 

Carlingford 

Karabar High School 

160 

Partially 

Queanbeyan 

Kooringal High School 

160 

Partially 

Kooringal North 

Macquarie Fields High School 

178 

Partially 

Macquarie Fields 

Merewether High School 

184 

Fully 

Broadmeadow 

Moorebank High School 

171 

Partially 

Moorebank 

Normanhurst Boys High School 

217 

Fully 

Normanhurst 

North Sydney Boys High School 

228 

Fully 

Crows Nest 

North Sydney Girls High School 

220 

Fully 

Crows Nest 

Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 

208 

Fully 

North Curl Curl 

Parramatta High School 

204 

Partially 

Parramatta 

Peel High School 

160 

Partially 

Tamworth 

Penrith High School 

209 

Fully 

Penrith 

Prairiewood High School 

181 

Partially 

Wetherill Park 

Rose Bay Secondary College 

171 

Partially 

Dover Heights 

Ryde Secondary College 

198 

Partially 

Ryde 

Sefton High School 

188 

Partially 

Sefton 

Smiths Hill High School 

184 

Fully 

Wollongong 

St George Girls High School 

201 

Fully 

Kogarah 

Sydney Boys High School 

220 

Fully 

Moore Park 

Sydney Girls High School 

215 

Fully 

Surry Hills 

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus 

181 

Partially 

Rozelle 

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus 

187 

Partially 

Rozelle 

Sydney Technical High School 

198 

Fully 

Bexley 

Tempe High School 

189 

Partially 

Tempe 

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 yearsthe total calculated placement score was out of 300, with the following breakdown: 

Component 

School Assessment Score* 

Test Score 

Total Score 

English (Reading Comprehension and Writing)** 

50 

50 

100 

Mathematics** 

50 

50 

100 

General Ability 

No school scores 

100 

100 

Total calculated placement score 

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. 

 

From 2021, this has changed to a total calculated placement score out of 120in part due to changes in the Placement Test design. The table below demonstrates the breakdown: 

Component 

Weighted scaled test score 

Reading 

25 

Mathematical Reasoning 

25 

Thinking Skills 

35 

Writing 

15 

Moderated School Assessment Score* 

20 

Total calculated placement score 

120 

*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. 

 

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