NSW Selective School Test Online Application - Yr 7 in 2020

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NSW Selective School Entry to Year 7 in 2020

Applications will open for placement in Year 7 in 2020 from 9 October 2018 to 12 November 2018. The selective high school placement test will be held on Thursday 14 March 2019. 

Application process

Applications for Year 7 entry to an NSW selective high school are completed and submitted online. The form will be available only while applications are open, from 9 October 2018 until 10pm on 12 November 2018 for entry in 2020. 

Read the information about applying (click here) carefully prior to submitting an application.

Add ssu@det.nsw.edu.au to your email contacts to ensure you receive correspondence from the high performing students unit. Also check your spam or junk folder regularly in case your email provider sent the emails there.


After submitting your application you will receive a confirmation email with:

  • a copy of the application including a student application number – include this number on all communication
  • an 'attachments cover sheet' to use is sending if additional documentation
  • a 'Principal's page' for provision of school assessment scores for non-government school principals to complete.

Check the application details carefully. Email the High Performing Students Unit if there are any errors. 

Late applications

Closing dates for applications will be strictly observed. The placement program operates on a very tight schedule and involves the use of external contractors who cannot accommodate late additions to the candidature for testing.

There can be no exemptions made on compassionate grounds. The only circumstances under which a late application can be considered are:

  • Where parents are applying for placement of their children in rural or remote areas where there is a shortage of suitable candidates. The choices are locked for those applicants and they cannot be considered for other selective high schools even if they move their residence.
  • Where both parents/carers have documentary evidence to support a claim that circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing an application. The application takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is available 24 hours a day on any internet enabled device during the month that applications are open.

Additional documents

You must send copies of the following supporting documents to the Unit if any of these apply to your child:

  • information about a disability, medical condition or behavioural disorder such as severe vision impairment, diabetes, anaphylaxis, autism or serious illness. If you believe your child needs special test provisions you will need to provide diagnostic evidence
  • copy of court orders if they relate to decisions about the child’s education or communication about the child
  • explanation of why the child is older or younger than the usual age range (1/1/2007 – 1/8/2008 for entry in 2020) or not in Year 5 when applying.

If requested, you may also need to supply:

  • for students who have been doing most school work in the English language for less than 48 months, evidence of previous schooling
  • for students without reliable school assessment scores or Selective High School Placement Test results, a reliable full scale IQ report (WISC V preferred).

Use the cover sheet sent with your confirmation or quote the student name and application number when sending attachments.

Do not send school reports or certificates or other test results unless asked to do so.

School assessment scores

Public schools provide school assessment scores for applicants to the Unit as long as:

  • the parent applied before the closing date
  • the student has been at the school long enough to be assessed
  • there are at least two candidates from the school
  • the student was in Year 5 at the time of application.

The results of the Selective High Schools Placement Test will be used to determine academic merit if school assessment scores from a NSW school cannot be provided. 

Non-government school applicants

NSW non-government school applicants complete the online application form. Applicants indicate whether they consent for the current school principal to be consulted about matters such as school assessment scores or special test provisions.

Non-government schools submit a student's school assessment scores on the Principal's page sent with the email confirming submission of the application. Apply for an exemption if private schools are unwilling to provide scores and will not sign and stamp the form.

  • Give the non-government school principal a copy of the application confirmation and the 'Principal's page for submission of school assessment scores'. Ask the principal to provide scores for English and mathematics, sign and stamp the form and return it to the High Performing Students Unit by 7 December 2018 (for 2020 entry).
  • If the school is unwilling to provide assessment scores, ask the principal to indicate this, sign the declaration and return it to the Unit.
  • Apply for an exemption if the principal is unwilling to sign the principal's page.
  • If the principal does not wish to send the page to the Unit, the parent must do so.

The Unit will send a notice to parents when the principal's page has been received.


Non-government applicants should make a request for formal exemption if the principal's page is not submitted or if the principal will neither provide scores nor sign the form. Return the exemption form (can be found on the education.nsw.gov.au website) for entry in 2019 to the High performing students unit.

  • The selection committee will  generally not grant an exemption to applicants without school assessment scores if other students from the same school have scores.
  • If a formal exemption has been granted, applications will usually be considered on the basis of the Selective High School Placement Test only.

Formal exemption is not required for home schooled, interstate or overseas students who cannot provide school scores from a NSW school in the year of applying.

Please click on the links below to learn more:

>> Information for Applicants

>> Information About the Test

>> Test Outcome

Important dates – Year 7 selective schools

Date Activity
9 October 2018 Application for entry in 2020 opens online
12 November 2018 Application for entry in 2020 closes
mid-October 2018 Outcome of appeals sent for entry in 2019
7 December 2018 Principals provide school assessment scores for entry in 2020
19 December 2018 Applicants for 2019 entry with offers are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined
Mid-January 2019 Authority to attend letter sent to applicants enrolling at the school in 2019
28 February 2019 Test authority letter is sent to parents for entry in 2020
14 March 2019 Selective High School Placement Test held for entry in 2020
28 March 2019 Illness/misadventure requests due for entry in 2020
26 April 2019 last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2020
May-June 2019 Reserve lists close for entry in 2019
5 July 2019 Placement outcomes sent overnight for entry in 2020
23 July 2019 Appeals sent to primary principals for entry in 2020
30 July 2019 Principals send appeals to the Unit for entry in 2020
October 2019 Appeal outcomes are sent to parents for entry in 2020
18 December 2019 Applicants with offers for 2020 entry are removed from reserve lists unless the offer is declined

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