Minimum Entry Scores of NSW Selective High Schools - 2020

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The minimum scores for 2020 entry to NSW selective high schools

Find best selective high schools in NSW or Sydney from the following list sorted by 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 246
2 Baulkham Hills High School 234
3 North Sydney Boys High School 231
4 Hornsby Girls High School 222
4 North Sydney Girls High School 222
6 Normanhurst Boys High School 220
7 Sydney Boys High School 219
7 Sydney Girls High School 219
9 Girraween High School 218
10 Fort Street High School 216
11 Chatswood High School 213
12 Penrith High School 208
13 Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus 207
14 Parramatta High School 201
15 Hurlstone Agricultural High School 200
15 Ryde Secondary College 200
17 St George Girls High School 198
17 Sydney Technical High School 198
19 Caringbah High School 196
20 Sefton High School 192
21 Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus 190
22 Blacktown Boys High School 189
23 Tempe High School 188
24 Blacktown Girls High School 187
25 Gosford High School 185
25 Merewether High School 185
27 Smiths Hill High School 181
28 Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus 179
29 Macquarie Fields High School 178
30 Alexandria Park Community School 174
30 Prairiewood High School 174
30 Rose Bay Secondary College 174
33 Aurora College (Virtual) 170
33 Moorebank High School 170
35 Karabar High School 166
36 Armidale High School 161
36 Auburn Girls High School 161
36 Elizabeth Macarthur High School 161
36 Granville Boys High School 161
36 Kooringal High School 161
41 Bonnyrigg High School 160
41 Gorokan High School 160
41 Grafton High School 160
41 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 profile score, out of 300, which comprises both exam and school marks. Students may list up to four preferred schools.

  1. Find out how the minimum entry score or selective high school placement profile score is set or calculated.
  2. The number of vacancies was over 4, 000 and the number of applicants was over 13, 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.
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  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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