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What is the Selective Test?

The Selective Test measures students' academic merit and critical thinking abilities. Your child's performance is calculated based on bands. To attain placement into your desired school, your child must achieve the minimum entry requirements. Primary schools will not be required to provide school assessment scores. Learn more here.

The NSW Selective High School Placement Test for Year 7 entry consists of 3 multiple choice tests (Reading, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Reasoning) and a Writing task.

How much time left?

The Selective High School Placement Test is in May, 2025. (TBC)

Applications Open: October 2024 (TBC)


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The best online learning device out there to help train my child's brain to the questions and time limits of the Selective High School test. In addition, NotesEdu’s thorough explanations helped my child learn through her mistakes, making it possible for her to achieve the score she did.
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Selective Test Categories

The Selective thinking skills test is crafted to analyse a student's problem-solving, critical and creative thinking skills. Some of the foundational topics include logical reasoning, mathematical deduction, and spatial reasoning.  
Thinking Skills Test Structure
Consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 40 minutes.

The Selective reading comprehension component are multiple choice questions that measure your child's ability to inference and interpret meaning from a passage and then problem solve to find out the answer. Reading passages could range from poems, novel extracts, cartoons and articles.

Reading Test Structure
Consists of 30 multiple choice questions with the time limit of 40 minutes.

The Selective mathematical reasoning component consists of multiple-choice questions designed to assess various mathematical skills. Topics covered may include data interpretation, spatial awareness, measurements, number patterns, arithmetic, and algebraic & geometric operations.

Mathematical Reasoning Test Structure
Consists of 35 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 40 minutes.

The writing test in Selective is an open response where students have to write either a creative, informative or persuasive text depending on the stimulus.

Writing Test Structure
Consists of a stimulus where students have to write a written response to a single prompt in a time frame of 30 minutes.

Selective Performance Bands

In the test, this student has performed in the lowest 50% of students who sat the test.
Half of all students who took the test performed in this range.

In the test, this student has performed better than 50% of students who sat the test.

In the test, this student has performed in the top 25% of students who sat the test.

In the test, this student has performed in the top 10% of students who sat the test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

01. Common Questions

What is the Selective Test?

Selective schools aim to cater to the educational needs of academically gifted students. The test is designed to assess a range of abilities, including reading, mathematical reasoning, thinking skills, and writing, with the goal of identifying students who would benefit from the specialised learning environment that selective high schools offer.

The test consists of 3 multiple choice tests (Reading, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Reasoning) and a Writing task with a stimulus.

How do I apply for placement into a selective high school?

To apply for a Selective High School, there is an online application which the NSW Education Department offers. The application opens around Mid-October and closes Mid-November depending on when it is issued. NotesEdu will update the Selective page and send email reminders when the time comes to apply.

When is the Selective Test?

The Selective Test on 9 May 2024. The test is held annually in early May, depending on NSW's Education Department schedule. 

Where is the Selective Test held?

The Selective Test is held at the nearest High School, depending on where you live and your child's current primary school. The location is sent aside with the confirmation details for your Selective Test by the Department of Education closer to the exam date. It is often the closest high school to your child's primary school.

02. Why go to a Selective High School?

What are the benefits of sending my child to a selective high school?

Selective high schools in New South Wales (NSW) are designed to cater to the educational needs of high-potential and gifted students. These schools present a unique educational environment that supports the student's academic growth and emotional well-being. Selective schools foster a strong focus on problem-solving and independent thinking. They also help students develop independent learning strategies and time management skills, which are crucial for success in high school and beyond.

Students in selective high schools have the opportunity to learn at a faster pace, delve into increasingly complex concepts in greater depth, and are often given more challenging and complex tasks to engage and excite them.

Like all New South Wales public schools, selective high schools provide access to a broad range of extra-curricular groups and activities, contributing to a well-rounded education.

How many selective high schools are there in New South Wales?

There are 17 fully Selective High Schools, 4 Agricultural High Schools and 25 Partially Selective High Schools in New South Wales.

03. About Test & Structure

What is the Selective Placement Test Structure?

The Selective Test Placement Structure consists of 4 tests. Three multiple choice tests with 5 answer options for Thinking Skills (A,B,C,D, E) and four answer options for the rest.

The first test is Reading with 40 minutes to answer 30 questions.

The second test is Mathematical Reasoning with 40 minutes to answer 35 questions.

The third test is Thinking Skills with 40 minutes to answer 40 questions.

The last test is Writing with an Open Response and is 30 Minutes.

How difficult is the Selective Placement Test?

The test is challenging and is designed to assess students' abilities across reading, mathematical reasoning, thinking skills, and writing.

NotesEdu’s approach is to help students prepare for the test by familiarising them with the test format they can expect based on past tests which in turn will boost their confidence heading in to the test.

Students are given access to selective-style test papers with detailed explanations.

While the test may be challenging, appropriate preparation including gaining familiarity with the format of the Selective Test and completing practice tests can help students  perform to the best of their abilities.

Are NotesEdu practice tests similar to the Selective Test?

NotesEdu's tests are inspired by common exam formats to offer a similar testing experience. We continually review and adjust our questions, incorporating a range of difficulty levels for practice purposes.

04. How NotesEdu helps

What is the purpose of NotesEdu Online Tests?

NotesEdu's online tests challenge students' academic ability and intends to measure the level of knowledge gained in a particular concept. From this information, we empower students, parents and teachers to discover area for further improvement.

How do NotesEdu test results help parents?

NotesEdu test results provide valuable information to the parent about their child's performance and enables them in identifying the subject areas their child needs improvement.

Will NotesEdu practice tests improve my child's test scores?

Many believe that besides natural talent, consistent and focused practice can contribute significantly to a person's expertise in any field. A concept known as 'deliberate practice' suggests that differences in performance, such as those between top and average students, might be influenced by how and how much one practices. Motivation and continuous effort are often key factors in seeking improvement. Regularly reviewing one's performance to identify areas for enhancement can be helpful.

To potentially aid in improving your child's test performance, consider these approaches:
– Enhancing subject knowledge, which could improve abilities.
– Techniques to manage anxiety, familiarise with test formats and improve time management.
– Engaging in practice tests might help get accustomed to question types and test formats. 

Practising under simulated test conditions could be useful in preparing for actual test situations, reducing stress on exam day. While practice may not guarantee perfection, it's commonly thought that it can lead to improvement. However, it's important to note that individual experiences and results may vary.

How does NotesEdu support students to make them exam ready?

We provide a variety of practice tests aimed at helping students to familiarise themselves with the test format and question types.

NotesEdu's subscription offers unlimited access to a large bank of multiple-choice questions. NotesEdu online tests help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in reading, mathematical reasoning and thinking skills. They will also allow you to develop a baseline to work from and develop your child’s academic journey plan for consistently testing their knowledge and further developing their skills.

I am disappointed with my score. What should I do?

If you are disappointed with your score, please do not give up or get sad about it.

It is usual for a score to fluctuate and differ between tests. Various factors may impact your performance, for example, your knowledge about the concept, concentration level, review of answers or even luck with guessing.

Take the low score as an opportunity to improve further. Focus on what you can do about it. After finishing NotesEdu's practice tests, review all questions to check what went wrong and how can you improve next time.

Remember: Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.

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