Selective Schools are government schools. The students are accepted by the schools on the basis of their academic achievement.
Selective Schools help high performing students to learn and achieve even better results. They provide a study environment for similarly gifted and talented students.
Each year, Selective Schools are at the top of the HSC leader boards, and Selective School students consistently produce the highest ATAR results in N.S.W. As such, there is a strong demand for parents to place their children in selective schools.
Recently, a working paper prepared by the Centre for International Research of Education System (CIRES) found out how selective schools impact socioeconomics compared with non selective schools.
The report showed that fully selective schools had the highest percentage of high socioeconomic students (89%). In contrast, public schools had the lowest percentage of high socioeconomic students (50.4%).
Higher socioeconomics produces higher economic and social value. In return, the students will be rewarded with higher income.
Selective School Tests has been changed since 2021.
This changes include Reading, Math and Thinking Skills (replacing G.A)
The Selective School Test is a standardised test. It is designed to measure a student’s academic ability. The test ensures the students have the required knowledge and skills to thrive in a selective school.
The test is designed to challenge students and test their knowledge in those subjects.
Chances to Get In
About 1 out of 3 students sitting the test can get an offer.
In 2021, about 15,355 students in NSW sat the test, and only 4,226 placements were successful. This means there is only a 27.5% success rate.
There is no fixed minimum entry score. Each year, Selective Schools’ setup their minimum entry score out of 120 (formerly was 300) to establish the cut-off point for successful applicants.
The table below is an example showing the top 10 schools in the selective school ranking in NSW as well as their minimum entry scores for 2019.
Selective School Min. Entry Score (2019)
|James Ruse Agricultural H.||250||N. Sydney Girls H.||226|
|N. Sydney Boys H.||234||Girraween H.||225|
|Baulkham Hills H.||230||Normanhurst Boys H.||225|
|Sydney Boys H.||229||Sydney Girls H.||225|
|Hornsby Girls H.||227||Fort Street H.||222|
Preparation for the Test
To help students achieve the best possible result in the Selective School Test and get a placement in a selective high school, Dux Tuition provides selective school training classes specifically designed for this.