18th October 2022
Applications for entry to Year 7 in 2024 open online
16th November 2022
Application for entry to Year 7 in 2024 closes
20th April 2023
Test centre allocation and authority letter available to parents
4th May 2023
Selective High School Placement Test for entry in 2024
11th June 2023
Last day to change selective high school choices for entry in 2024
Placement outcomes expected to be released
18th December 2023
Students holding accepted offers are removed from reserve lists at 3:00pm
Students must bring two 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener.
Parents are notified of items to bring along with the test centre allocation.
For more information:
Covid-19 info - Students must not attend the test if there is a risk to their health or the health of others such, as in cases of contact with contagious disease. If students are sick with signs of respiratory illness they cannot be admitted to sit the test. Should your child test positive to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza within the week prior to the test, please do not send the child to the test.
Calculation of Profile Score
Note: Please be aware that some schools (Eg. private schools) do not provide a school assessment mark. This means that all English, Writing, Maths and Thinking Skills marks are received 100% from the Entrance Test.
(Consult your primary school for this information)
Midnight AEDT Monday 6 February 2023
Saturday 25 February 2023
ACER Test Structure
Test 1: Written Expression (extended response, 25 minutes)
Test 2: Humanities - Comprehension and Interpretation (multiple choice, 40 minutes)
Test 3: Mathematics (multiple choice, 40 minutes)
Test 4: Written Expression (extended response, 25 minutes)
Test structures can be found on the ACER website under "ACER Scholarship Test structure"
What to bring:
Two blue or black pens for the Written Expression section of the test.
Two HB or B pencils for the multiple-choice tests + a good eraser
Something to eat/drink during the break between tests (optional)
ACER General Information
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. (Can apply for more than one school). Details are available on the schools’ websites.
How to Apply:
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.
ACER will provide your results to the school/s you've applied to. Some schools will post the result reports to parents in the mail. Other schools have opted for parents to be able to access results online; in this case you will receive a notification email from ACER with information about how to access your report.
30 March 2023
Applications open for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2024
15 May 2023
Applications close for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2024
(You must apply by the due date.)
13 July 2023
Parents receive ‘Test authority’ advice
27 July 2023
Opportunity Class Placement Test
6 August 2023
Last day to change opportunity class choices
20 October 2023
Placement outcome information expected to be released
20 October 2023
Parents accept or decline first round placement
Reserve brands available on website
19 January 2024
Parents of students with accepted offers are sent ‘Authority to attend’ letters to take to the school on the first day of term in 2024
Students are NOT to bring pens, rulers, note paper, or books. Smart watches, phones or other devices that compute, photograph, communicate or make a noise will not be allowed at or near the student's desk in the test centre.
Students MUST bring a printed copy of their Test authority letter with their application number.
Students bring their own 2B lead pencil, sharpener and eraser. Students can bring a clear bottle of water to keep under the desk during the test.
For more information:
Multiple choice tests are marked by computer
The questions are based on a diverse range of texts and assess a range of reading skills. The reading test questions are based on different genres such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, magazine articles and reports.
Mathematical Reasoning Test
The mathematical reasoning test assesses the student’s ability to apply mathematical understanding and knowledge to problems, with questions drawn from a range of mathematical content areas. Calculators are not used in the mathematical reasoning test.
Thinking Skills Test
The thinking skills test assesses the student’s ability in critical thinking and problem solving. There are a range of different question types in the test. No previous knowledge is required for this test.
The placement score is calculated by adding the scaled test scores to the moderated school assessment scores.
The calculated placement score will be out of a total of 120 (previously 300).
The calculated placement score will be derived as follows:
Math Reasoning: 33.3
Thinking Skills: 33.3
School Assessment Scores
Applicants can choose up to two opportunity classes. Choose the opportunity class and the order of the classes carefully and list only those schools you would like your child to attend and in your preferred order. You can change school choices without explanation before 7 August 2022 by logging in to your application dashboard and making the changes.
School Assessment Scores:
NSW primary schools give school assessment scores to show each student's achievement in English and Mathematics in 2022 relative to other candidates from the same school. If school assessment scores from a NSW school cannot be provided, students will be considered on their test scores alone.
NSW non-government school applicants complete the online application form. When applying, by accepting the Privacy Notice, parents indicate their acceptance that the Department may need to contact the non-government school regarding a student’s assessment information (such as school assessment scores) to assist with the placement process.
Parents of students at non-government schools receive the 'Principal's page for provision of school assessment scores' with the email confirming that the application was submitted. The Team will send a notice to parents when the principal's page has been processed.