July 9, 2019 Nic Rothquel

Selective School Entry Scores 2019

Are you targeting a specific selective school for your child? This article shows the minimum entry score for every selective high school in NSW in 2019, how these scores are calculated and what you can do to ensure your child makes it in to a selective high school.

Year after year, NSW selective schools continue to rank in the top 10 performing schools in the HSC. These schools offer an opportunity for gifted students to showcase their talent and thrive in a competitive environment that prioritises hard work and dedication.

There are 17 fully selective high schools in NSW, 26 ‘partially’ selective schools (that will have at least one selective class in each grade) and 4 agricultural selective high schools.

In 2019, 14,501 students attempted entry for 4,526 selective school seats; meaning that about 70% of students that attempted the exam were unsuccessful. Selective school entry is fiercely competitive with students often starting their preparation from as young as second grade! Below we will show you how you can make sure your child is one of the 30% that achieves success!

The minimum entry scores in 2019 were:

SchoolMin. Entry ScoreStatusArea
Alexandria Park Community School186PartiallyAlexandria
Armidale High School160PartiallyArmidale
Auburn Girls High School160PartiallyAuburn
Aurora College (Virtual)172PartiallyAurora
Baulkham Hills High School230FullyBaulkham Hills
Blacktown Boys High School195PartiallyBlacktown
Blacktown Girls High School189PartiallyBlacktown
Bonnyrigg High School162PartiallyBonnyrigg
Caringbah High School198FullyCaringbah
Chatswood High School215PartiallyChatswood
Elizabeth Macarthur High School162PartiallyNarellan
Fort Street High School222FullyPetersham
Girraween  High School225FullyGirraween
Gorokan High School161FullyLake Haven
Gosford High School188FullyGosford
Grafton High School161PartiallyGrafton
Granville Boys High School161PartiallyGranville
Hornsby Girls High School227FullyHornsby
Hurlstone Agricultural High School207FullyGlenfield
James Ruse Agricultural High School250FullyCarlingford
Karabar High School160PartiallyQueanbeyan
Kooringal High School160PartiallyKooringal North
Macquarie Fields High School179PartiallyMacquarie Fields
Merewether High School191FullyBroadmeadow
Moorebank High School176PartiallyMoorebank
Normanhurst Boys High School225FullyNormanhurst
North Sydney Boys High School234FullyCrows Nest
North Sydney Girls High School226FullyCrows Nest
Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus)217FullyNorth Curl Curl
Parramatta High School210PartiallyParramatta
Peel High School161PartiallyTamworth
Penrith High School215FullyPenrith
Prairiewood High School177PartiallyWetherill Park
Rose Bay Secondary College184PartiallyDover Heights
Ryde Secondary College201PartiallyRyde
Sefton High School197PartiallySefton
Smith’s Hill High School194FullyWollongong
St George Girls High School207FullyKogarah
Sydney Boys High School229FullyMoore Park
Sydney Girls High School225FullySurry Hills
Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus)182PartiallyRozelle
Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus)186PartiallyRozelle
Sydney Technical High School198FullyBexley
Tempe High School189PartiallyTempe

How is the entry score calculated?

The entry scores takes in to account both internal school marks and performance in the challenging selective school exam.

The total is out of 300, with 100 of that coming from internal marks and 200 from the exam. Within the exam, English and Mathematics are worth 50 each and General Ability is worth 100. Internal marks are comprised of mid-year report results and NAPLAN results, and include 50 marks for both English and Mathematics.

ComponentSchool Assessment ScoreTest ScoreTotal
English (Reading, Comprehension and Writing)5050100
General Ability100100

How can I get my child in to a selective school?

Alchemy Tuition have been helping students prepare for the selective school exam for more than a decade with thousands of success stories to show for it.

Unfortunately due to the extreme competition in the exam, natural intelligence is no longer enough – a comprehensive preparation program is a necessity to achieve success in the exam. A recent article in the Daily Telegraph revealed that 95% of students in one selective school had engaged a tutor in the lead up to the exam, with some starting work with a tutor as early as second grade.

Our selective school preparation is one-on-one and is designed to target your child’s unique strengths, weaknesses and learning styles. It covers all four components of the exam with the ultimate goal of your child walking in to that exam with confidence and leaving with their head held high that they will be going to the selective school of their choice next year.

We come to you and work around your busy schedule. All our selective school tutors go through our selective school accreditation ensuring that they have the skills to effectively prepare your child across all components of the exam. Our tuition is affordable, contract-free and flexible. You can download our course prospectus here to learn more about our tutors, program and how we work.

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