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The minimum entry scores for entry into selective high schools are soon to be released – we expect this to happen in April 2022.

With the different circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, students who sat the selective placement test in March 2021 were faced with greater challenges than students in previous years. Therefore, we cannot predict the trend in entry scores for 2022.

In the meantime, this blog provides a table of estimated entry scores for you to use as a guide.

Below is a table of the estimated minimum entry score and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2022.

 

Minimum entry scores and rank for all selective high schools in NSW for 2022 (alphabetical order) – estimate only*

 

School

Type

Suburb

ESTIMATED entry marks

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Fully

Carlingford

107

Baulkham Hills High School

Fully

Baulkham Hills

99

North Sydney Boys High School

Fully

Crows Nest

94

Normanhurst Boys High School

Fully

Normanhurst

93

North Sydney Girls High School

Fully

Crows Nest

93

Sydney Boys High School

Fully

Moore Park

93

Chatswood High School

Partially

Chatswood

92

Girraween High School

Fully

Girraween

92

Sydney Girls High School

Fully

Surry Hills

92

Fort Street High School

Fully

Petersham

91

Gosford High School

Fully

Gosford

91

Hornsby Girls High School

Fully

Hornsby

91

Merewether High School

Fully

Broadmeadow

91

Smiths Hill High School

Fully

Wollongong

91

Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus

Fully

North Curl Curl

88

Penrith High School

Fully

Penrith

88

Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Fully

Glenfield

87

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus

Fully

Bexley

87

Ryde Secondary College

Partially

Ryde

86

Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus

Partially

Rozelle

86

Parramatta High School

Partially

Parramatta

85

Prairiewood High School

Partially

Wetherill Park

84

Rose Bay Secondary College

Partially

Dover Heights

84

Sydney Technical High School

Partially

Rozelle

84

St George Girls High School

Fully

Kogarah

83

Alexandria Park Community School

Partially

Alexandria

81

Blacktown Boys High School

Partially

Blacktown

81

Caringbah High School

Fully

Caringbah

81

Macquarie Fields High School

Partially

Macquarie Fields

81

Tempe High School

Partially

Tempe

81

Blacktown Girls High School

Partially

Blacktown

80

Sefton High School

Partially

Sefton

79

Karabar High School

Partially

Queanbeyan

77

Armidale High School

Partially

Armidale

76

Auburn Girls High School

Partially

Auburn

76

Aurora College (Virtual)

 Partially

Aurora

76

Bonnyrigg High School

Partially

Bonnyrigg

76

Elizabeth Macarthur High School

Partially

Narellan

76

Gorokan High School

Fully

Lake Haven

76

Grafton High School

Partially

Grafton

76

Kooringal High School

Partially

Kooringal North

76

Moorebank High School

Partially

Moorebank

76

Peel High School

Partially

Tamworth

76

Granville Boys High School

Partially

Granville

68

 

 

What is the entry mark made up of?

The entry mark for selective schools looks different this year and parents have been left in the dark once again regarding the changes.

The last published list of entry marks (in April 2021) was out of a total calculated score 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 2022, 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:

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. However, the conversion from the previous total placement score of 300 to the new placement score of 120 is unclear. In addition, due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, primary schools are not required to provide school assessment scores for the 2022 selective high school placement process for Year 7 entry in 2023. 

This further adds to the confusion for parents on how to use the published entry scores list as indication for what their children need to achieve for placement in a selective high school.

Though the list we have provided above is not accurate, it should act as a guide on the school choices available and what to aim for to help maximise your child’s chances of receiving a placement in 2023.

To help you understand the timing of the placement test and the entry scores list, see the mapping in the table below:

For students who sat the test in

The entry score list is published in

March 2019 

April 2020 (out of 300) 

March 2020 

April 2021 (out of 300) 

March 2021 

April 2022 (out of 120) 

March 2022 

April 2023 (out of 120) 

What are the key dates for the application process? 

Typically, students are in Year 5 during the application process and sit the test in Year 6.

The placement test usually occurs in March for entry the following year. For reference, below are the key dates for Year 7 selective high school placements in 2023:

Date

Activity

19 October 2021

Applications open for entry

17 November 2021

Applications close for entry

10 March 2022

Selective High School Placement Test

24 April 2022

Last day to change school choices

Early July 2022

Placement outcomes expected to be released

Late July 2022

Appeals due 15 working days after outcomes are released

Early August 2022

Reserve lists activated until at least May 2023

October 2022

Appeals outcomes released

May 2023

Reserve lists close

The key dates for placements in future years are expected to be similar, however are subject to change.

GEA Selective School Program

Our Selective Preparation Program targets topics assessed in the selective placement test, exposing students to the structure and types of questions commonly asked. The course also equips students with exam techniques and tools to reduce and manage cognitive load experience during exams.

Some key information in relation to the course:

  • Length: 40 weeks
  • Starts: Term 2, 2022
  • Locations: Kogarah and Turramurra Campus and online
  • Completion: March 2023 (the week before the Selective exam in 2023)
  • 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

To find out if your child has the potential cope with advanced courses and enter a selective high school, book a Selective Benchmark Assessment with us today.


*Disclaimer: the selective entry marks above are an estimate only, and should be used only as a guide. 

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