Selective School Entry Scores for 2017

by admin | 06th July 2017 |
James Ruse Agricultural High School has the highest selective entry cut off mark

James Ruse Agricultural High School has the highest selective entry cut off mark – 2017

UPDATE: For 2018 selective high school entry marks click here.

It is evident 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 14,458 candidates in NSW sat the test for only 4,226 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 2017.

Selective Schools Entry Marks for 2017* (alphabetical order)

Source DET

Rank School Minimum Entry Score Status Area
30 Alexandria Park Community School 176 Partially Alexandria
40 Armidale High School 160 Partially Armidale
41 Auburn Girls High School 160 Partially Auburn
2 Baulkham Hills High School 229 Fully Baulkham Hills
31 Blacktown Boys High School 176 Partially Blacktown
32 Blacktown Girls High School 176 Partially Blacktown
33 Bonnyrigg High School 169 Partially Bonnyrigg
15 Caringbah High School 197 Fully Caringbah
14 Chatswood High School 199 Partially Chatswood
37 Duval High School 161 Partially Armidale
42 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 160 Partially Narellan
9 Fort Street High School 211 Fully Petersham
4 Girraween  High School 217 Fully Girraween
38 Gorokan High School 161 Fully Lake Haven
24 Gosford High School 184 Fully Gosford
39 Grafton High School 161 Partially Grafton
36 Granville Boys High School 162 Partially Granville
8 Hornsby Girls High School 213 Fully Hornsby
13 Hurlstone Agricultural High School 203 Fully Glenfield
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 243 Fully Carlingford
43 Karabar High School 160 Partially Queanbeyan
44 Kooringal High School 160 Partially Kooringal North
27 Macquarie Fields High School 178 Partially Macquarie Fields
22 Merewether High School 188 Fully Broadmeadow
34 Moorebank High School 168 Partially Moorebank
10 Normanhurst Boys High School 211 Fully Normanhurst
3 North Sydney Boys High School 225 Fully Crows Nest
6 North Sydney Girls High School 216 Fully Crows Nest
11 Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus) 206 Fully North Curl Curl
17 Parramatta High School 194 Partially Parramatta
45 Peel High School 160 Partially Tamworth
12 Penrith High School 204 Fully Penrith
29 Prairiewood High School 177 Partially Wetherill Park
28 Rose Bay Secondary College 178 Partially Dover Heights
20 Ryde Secondary College 190 Partially Ryde
18 Sefton High School 193 Partially Sefton
21 Smith’s Hill High School 189 Fully Wollongong
16 St George Girls High School 195 Fully Kogarah
5 Sydney Boys High School 217 Fully Moore Park
7 Sydney Girls High School 215 Fully Surry Hills
26 Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 179 Partially Rozelle
25 Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus) 183 Partially Rozelle
19 Sydney Technical High School 191 Fully Bexley
23 Tempe High School 188 Partially Tempe
35 Virtual Selective High School (Aurora College) 166  Partially  Aurora

Source: DET

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

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:

  • 40-week course
  • 4 hours per week – Mathematics, English, Writing, General Ability, Exam techniques, time management, problem solving strategies etc.
  • Intensive Holiday Program
  • 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.

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