Minimum Entry Scores of NSW Selective High Schools - 2021

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The minimum scores for 2021 entry to NSW selective high schools

Find best selective high schools in NSW or Sydney from the following list sorted by minimum entry score. Note that you can sort by school name or minimum entry score. You may also be interested in minimum entry scores for NSW Opportunity Classes.

RankSchoolMinimum Entry Score
1 James Ruse Agricultural High School 248
2 Baulkham Hills High School 233
3 North Sydney Boys High School 228
4 Hornsby Girls High School 221
5 Girraween High School 220
5 North Sydney Girls High School 220
5 Sydney Boys High School 220
8 Normanhurst Boys High School 217
9 Fort Street High School 216
10 Sydney Girls High School 215
11 Chatswood High School 214
12 Penrith High School 209
13 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 208
14 Parramatta High School 204
15 Hurlstone Agricultural High School 202
16 St George Girls High School 201
17 Ryde Secondary College 198
17 Sydney Technical High School 198
19 Caringbah High School 194
20 Blacktown Girls High School 192
21 Blacktown Boys High School 191
22 Tempe High School 189
23 Sefton High School 188
24 Gosford High School 187
24 Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus 187
26 Merewether High School 184
26 Smiths Hill High School 184
28 Prairiewood High School 181
28 Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus 181
30 Macquarie Fields High School 178
31 Alexandria Park Community School 176
32 Moorebank High School 171
32 Rose Bay Secondary College 171
34 Bonnyrigg High School 165
35 Armidale Secondary College 162
36 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 161
37 Auburn Girls High School 160
37 Aurora College (Virtual) 160
37 Gorokan High School 160
37 Grafton High School 160
37 Granville Boys High School 160
37 Karabar High School 160
37 Kooringal High School 160
37 Peel High School 160

Source: NSW Department of Education website

This is also the list of NSW selective high schools including fully selective high schools, high schools with selective classes (partially selective), a virtual selective class provision (Western NSW Region) and agricultural high schools offering selective placement in Year 7.

Partially selective high schools have both selective and community classes.

The virtual selective class provision provides access to the selective option. Students will be enrolled in their home school while participating in English, Mathematics and Science via the virtual selective class provision.

Agricultural selective high schools emphasise the study of agriculture, with the boarding sections giving some priority to isolated students.

Entry to the selective schools is managed centrally by the department's Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Unit. Prospective students sit the Selective High Schools Test (typically in March of Year 6) and are allocated places at schools according to their Placement Score, out of 120. Students may list up to four preferred schools.

  1. Find out how the minimum entry score or selective high school placement score (or Placement Profile Score called in the past) is set or calculated.
  2. The number of vacancies was over 4,000 and the number of applicants was over 15,000. The success rate is about 30%, double opportunities as the Opportunity Class placement success rate 15%. See NSW selective high school minimum entry scores, success rates and stats by year.
  3. The minimum entry score can be viewed as a general reference of selective school ranking. For other types of ranking or the results of other years, please visit School Ranking Home. See School Rankings Based on Academic Results for more information.
  4. The minimum entry score for a selective high school is the test score of the lowest scoring student to accept a place there. The filling of all selective high school vacancies tends to continue until the end of the first term in the year of enrolment.
  5. Analysis and comments
  6. Selective high school placement test is transitioning to a new test framework and computer-based format through a partnership with Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group by 2022. In 2021 the placement test will remain in paper-based format. Please continue to monitor this site for the latest updates. Find sample test papers and the test format.
  7. Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy selective school entry test books from Better Education Books | BE Books for practice. The practice questions provide an ideal opportunity for students and parents to develop familiarity with the style of the papers and gain valuable experience answering real questions. We recommend that students practise practice papers 'under exam conditions' (e.g. timing).
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