Selective Schools Exam (Victoria)
Who Are The Selective Schools In Victoria?
There are currently four selective entry high schools in Victoria for students in Years 9 to 12:
MacRobertson Girls’ High School (South Yarra)
Melbourne High School (South Yarra)
Susan Cory High School (Werribee)
Nossal High School (Berwick)
Selective entry academic schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically gifted students who are also high achievers.
Students who attend these schools generally finish Year 12 amongst the top of the cohort
Am I Eligible?
Generally, eligible students are those who are usually in year 8 at school, who are either Australian citizens or who have permanent resident status or an appropriate visa. When enrolling, you need to indicate your choice of schools, in order of preference.
Who Is My Competition?
The evidence of past years is that between 2500 and 3000 students will sit the selective schools exam at the old Melbourne Exhibition centre in Carlton for places at one of the four schools.
What Is The Structure Of The Exam?
Students are given six papers to complete. These are
A Creative writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
An Analytical writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
Reading Comprehension paper (30 minutes for 50 questions)
Mathematics paper (30 minutes for 60 questions)
Verbal Reasoning paper (30 minutes for 60 questions)
Numerical Reasoning paper (30 minutes for 50 questions)
How Are Students Selected?
The students’ aggregate scores are ranked amongst their peers. For each test, you will get a score
The top 11% get superior
The top 23% get above average
The top 40% get high average
The top 60% get average
Competition for these places is very fierce and it is not uncommon for students to begin preparing some years in advance so to even be considered for a place, students should score a high average for all of these tests.
Currently 85 per cent of the Year 9 enrolments are selected through the ‘examination’ process described above with no further information or interview required.
10 per cent of places are allocated according to rank, score and equity considerations. Details of what is an equity consideration may be obtained from the Education Department.
The remaining 5 per cent are selected through a ‘Principal’s discretionary selection category’. They are asked to write a letter and present a portfolio of achievements. Consequently, some are invited for an interview.
Do You Have Any Materials That Can Help?
We currently sell two exam packs geared towards helping students prepare for the Victorian selective schools exam.
We also offer e-books to help students with their writing skills. Specifically, we currently have e-books to helps students improve their narrative and persuasive writing techniques. We also have a bundle including both books at a discounted price.