Private School Scholarship Tests
Source: ACER WEBSITE (Acer Scholarships Office)
The ACER Scholarship Tests are used across Australia to identify academically able students for the award of a scholarship. The tests are designed to rank applicants, finely differentiating the top end of performance.
Applicants are required to demonstrate a range of skills such as the ability to interpret, infer, deduce and think critically. The tests are not curriculum based and do not test the ability to retrieve learned knowledge, nor are they diagnostic.
The ACER Scholarship Tests consist of a series of academic ability tests used to select students for the award of a scholarship. Independent schools around Australia choose a testing date that best suits their needs.
When do applications open?
For 2020 entry, please check the individual school website. Applications for 2021 entry opened in September 2019.
When do applications close?
Cooperative program schools: applications will close at 11:30pm ACDT Thursday 23 January 2020 (ACEP SA schools only), 11pm AEDT (Qld schools) or midnight AEDT (NSW and Vic schools) on Monday 10 February 2020 and 9pm AWST Thursday 20 February 2020 (WA schools). There will be NO late applications taken by ACER.
Alternative date program schools: closing dates will vary. You must check the school’s website or your online application for the individual closing dates. There will be NO late applications taken by ACER.
How much does it cost to apply?
Each school sets its own application fee. You must complete a separate application and pay a separate fee for each school that you apply to. Details are available on the schools’ websites.
How do I apply to sit the ACER Scholarship Test?
To apply for a test you need to create a Parent Account in the ACER Scholarship Test online application system and then complete an application for your child for each school you wish to apply to. Check the individual school websites before applying online. Some schools may require additional information or have extra forms to fill out. It is your responsibility to check whether you have met a school's requirements before making an application.
Are non-Australian residents/passport holders eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Each school decides which candidates are eligible to apply for their test. Please check with the individual school prior to applying if you are a non-Australian resident/passport holder.
If I apply to more than one school will I need to sit more than one test?
If all schools that you are applying for are testing on the cooperative date, then your child will only need to sit the test at one school on the cooperative program test date, and the results will be sent to all schools applied for. However, if your chosen schools have different test dates then each of these schools will be using a different test, and your child will need to sit the test at each school on their nominated date. Results cannot be shared among schools when they are not part of a cooperative program. See the Participating Schools list to check if a school is using the cooperative program or testing on an alternative date.
What if two schools have tests on the same non-cooperative date? Can I sit for both schools?
No, you will need to choose one school only to apply to. Schools who do not use the cooperative program are 'stand-alone' schools and do not share results with other schools.
Will the cooperative schools I apply to know about my other cooperative school applications?
Yes, all the cooperative schools you apply to will have information about your other cooperative school applications and your preference order. If you have applied to multiple alternative date schools then those schools will not be aware of any other applications you have made.
My child has an injury or disability. How can I request special arrangements for sitting the test?
Under certain circumstances, and with supporting medical evidence, modified testing conditions may be arranged for applicants with injuries or disabilities. For example, test material can be provided for applicants with sight disabilities and, for applicants with arm or hand injuries, a scribe or computer may be permitted. Please first contact the school you have applied to (or, for cooperative testing, the school where your child will be sitting the test) to alert them to the relevant issues and requirements. The school should then contact ACER for guidelines about the provision of modified testing conditions for applicants with disabilities. Parents must email requests and submit supporting medical evidence to ACER AT LEAST 4 WEEKS prior (where possible) to the scheduled test date. Late submissions may not be accommodated. If approved, arrangements will be made between the school and ACER to provide the necessary accommodations for your child.
|School name||Scholarship levels||Test date||Scholarship program type|
|Arndell Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Australian International Academy||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|Bishop Druitt College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Broughton Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Calrossy Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Alternative Date|
|Emanuel School||Secondary||Wed, 12 Feb 2020||Alternative Date|
|Frensham||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Alternative Date|
|Georges River Grammar||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Hunter Valley Grammar School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Inaburra School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|International Grammar School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Macquarie Anglican Grammar School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Mount Annan Christian College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Mount St Benedict College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Northholm Grammar School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Pacific Hills Christian School||Secondary||Sat, 07 Mar 2020||Alternative Date|
|Penrith Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Pittwater House Schools||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Presbyterian Ladies' College NSW||Secondary||Sat, 22 Feb 2020||Alternative Date|
|Reddham House||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|Redlands||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Rosebank College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Rouse Hill Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|SCEGGS Darlinghurst||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Scone Grammar School||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|Scots All Saints College||Primary, Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Shellharbour Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Shore School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Snowy Mountains Grammar School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Andrew's Cathedral School||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St George Christian School||Secondary||Fri, 06 Mar 2020||Alternative Date|
|St Joseph's College Hunters Hill||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Paul's Grammar School Penrith||Primary, Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Paul's Walla Walla||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|St Philip's Christian College Newcastle||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Philip's Christian College - Port Stephens||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Spyridon College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|St Vincent's College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|The Scots College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|The Scots School Albury||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|Thomas Hassall Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Waverley College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|
|Wahroonga Adventist School||Secondary||TBA||Alternative Date|
|Wollondilly Anglican College||Secondary||Sat, 29 Feb 2020||Cooperative|