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:

School Min. Entry Score Status Area
Alexandria Park Community School 186 Partially Alexandria
Armidale High School 160 Partially Armidale
Auburn Girls High School 160 Partially Auburn
Aurora College (Virtual) 172 Partially Aurora
Baulkham Hills High School 230 Fully Baulkham Hills
Blacktown Boys High School 195 Partially Blacktown
Blacktown Girls High School 189 Partially Blacktown
Bonnyrigg High School 162 Partially Bonnyrigg
Caringbah High School 198 Fully Caringbah
Chatswood High School 215 Partially Chatswood
Elizabeth Macarthur High School 162 Partially Narellan
Fort Street High School 222 Fully Petersham
Girraween  High School 225 Fully Girraween
Gorokan High School 161 Fully Lake Haven
Gosford High School 188 Fully Gosford
Grafton High School 161 Partially Grafton
Granville Boys High School 161 Partially Granville
Hornsby Girls High School 227 Fully Hornsby
Hurlstone Agricultural High School 207 Fully Glenfield
James Ruse Agricultural High School 250 Fully Carlingford
Karabar High School 160 Partially Queanbeyan
Kooringal High School 160 Partially Kooringal North
Macquarie Fields High School 179 Partially Macquarie Fields
Merewether High School 191 Fully Broadmeadow
Moorebank High School 176 Partially Moorebank
Normanhurst Boys High School 225 Fully Normanhurst
North Sydney Boys High School 234 Fully Crows Nest
North Sydney Girls High School 226 Fully Crows Nest
Northern Beaches Secondary  College (Manly Campus) 217 Fully North Curl Curl
Parramatta High School 210 Partially Parramatta
Peel High School 161 Partially Tamworth
Penrith High School 215 Fully Penrith
Prairiewood High School 177 Partially Wetherill Park
Rose Bay Secondary College 184 Partially Dover Heights
Ryde Secondary College 201 Partially Ryde
Sefton High School 197 Partially Sefton
Smith’s Hill High School 194 Fully Wollongong
St George Girls High School 207 Fully Kogarah
Sydney Boys High School 229 Fully Moore Park
Sydney Girls High School 225 Fully Surry Hills
Sydney Secondary College (Balmain Campus) 182 Partially Rozelle
Sydney Secondary College (Leichardt Campus) 186 Partially Rozelle
Sydney Technical High School 198 Fully Bexley
Tempe High School 189 Partially Tempe

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.

Component School Assessment Score Test Score Total
English (Reading, Comprehension and Writing) 50 50 100
Mathematics 50 50 100
General Ability 100 100
Total 100 200 300

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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