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Selective high schools minimum entry scores (2021)

Entry into these schools in Year 7 is determined by the students’ results in the Selective High School Placement Test1 in English (including reading and writing), mathematics and general ability, together with their primary school's assessment of their performance in English and mathematics. Other evidence of academic merit may also be considered.

There are 17 fully selective high schools, 25 high schools with selective classes (partially selective), 4 agricultural high schools2 and a virtual selective class provision offering selective placement in Year 7 for entry in 2021.

The Department of Education publishes minimum entry scores3 for selective high schools annually at the end of Term 1. This information has been updated for 2021 entry, as at the end of Term 1 2021.

Number of vacancies: 4,226

Number of applicants: 15,355

Data Notes:

  • Minimum entry scores vary from school to school and from year to year.

  • The minimum entry score for a selective high school is the 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.

  • The minimum entry score is determined by the geographical location of the schools and the academic merit of the students applying for entry. Where parents decline offers after the school term ends, it may become necessary to go much further down a reserve list than may have happened in previous years.

  • The minimum entry score is not an indicator of the relative performance of the selective high schools.

  • Parents should not use minimum entry scores as the only criterion on which to base their choice of selective high schools. They should also consider factors such as the curriculum offered at each school and travelling times and transport.

  • Since isolation factors as well as school and test scores are considered for entry to Hurlstone Agricultural High School - Boarder, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and Yanco Agricultural High School, the minimum entry scores are not published.

  • For further information about applying for placement in a selective high school in Year 7, visit the Public Schools website.

Data Source:

  • High Performing Students Team, NSW Department of Education.

Data and resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Selective high schools minimum entry scores (2021)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/bf5acb6c-2e6d-3b7e-be62-881f434fb122
Date Published 2016-02-09
Date Updated 2021-06-01
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2015-01-01 - 2019-04-18
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Theme Education and Training
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal NSW Education Data Hub
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education
Data Level School-level