Private School Scholarship Tests

Source: ACER WEBSITE (Acer Scholarships Office)

https://www.acer.org/au/scholarship/parents

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 midnight AEDT (NSW and Vic schools) on Monday 10 February 2020. 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.

Participating Schools

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