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.
- Find out how the minimum entry score or
selective high school placement profile score is set or calculated.
- 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%.
NSW selective high school minimum entry scores, success rates and stats by year.
- 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.
- 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.
- Analysis and comments
- 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.
- Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy selective school entry test books from
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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).
- Past test papers.
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Note that only sample questions or practice tests are available to selective schools and scholarship tests.
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