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VIC Selective High Schools

About the Test

Victoria’s four selective entry high schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically high-achieving students in Years 9 to 12, with approximately 1,000 places offered in any year. Department of Education and Training, Victoria, conducts a centralised entrance test for Year-9 entry in the following selective entry high schools:

Melbourne High School, South Yarra

The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne

Nossal High School, Berwick

Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee

The Selective Entrance Test (New 2023 Format)

Students are selected based on a competitive entrance examination which is made up of both ability tests and achievement tests. The SEHS entrance exam is designed to test ability rather than achievement and will include a focus on higher-order thinking skills. The exam consists of five tests in total and takes about three hours to complete.

The exam comprises a series of tests, including multiple-choice questions and written tasks:

📘Reasoning – Reading (35 mins)

📘Reasoning – Mathematics (30 mins)

📘General ability – Verbal (30 mins)

📘General ability – Quantitative (30 mins)

📘Writing (40 mins)

Reasoning tasks in Reading and Mathematics assess a student’s ability to use their life and academic knowledge and skills and apply them to problems and tasks using the information provided in the task.

General ability tasks assess a student’s ability to learn in each of the tested areas by allowing the student to demonstrate their higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.


OzTests Practice Test Packs

Our test packs consist of

Full-length Practice Tests

Our online practice tests are carefully designed to closely match the actual test environment though these tests do not contain real test questions. Each test has the same number of questions with the time limit as the actual test. The question distribution is close to the exam, based on sample test papers on the DoE website. Students can skip the questions, re-visit previously attempted questions and can change the answer in mock tests as long they still have time to complete the test.

Each of our full-length practice tests aligns with the latest test format

📘 Reasoning – Mathematics - 45 Questions in 30 Minutes

📘 Reasoning – Reading - 50 Questions in 35 Minutes

📘 General ability – Verbal - 45 Questions in 30 Minutes

📘 General ability – Quantitative - 45 Questions in 30 Minutes

The test result displays a category-wise report, the test score, and the student's position for the test. Students also receive the test report summary in the registered e-mail as soon as they complete the test.

Students can instantly review all questions after completing the test. The test review provides the correct answers along with the step-by-step solution to each question.

Students can also review all previously completed tests from the student dashboard and then reattempt the test.

Simulated Practice Exam mode

Students preparing for selective high schools can take Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics tests in one sitting with 10 min gap between tests. This is how they do in the actual test.

We strongly recommend students attempt a few exams before sitting in the actual exam. This will help them manage time and develop the habit of taking back-to-back tests.

Mini Tests (Untimed)

Mini tests have topic-specific questions rather than a mixture of questions as in Practice Tests. These tests do not have a time limit, allowing students to think thoroughly before answering rather than rushing due to time limit. Students get the solution to the question after submitting their responses.

Revision Plus

Revision Plus provides quick notes with examples on a wide range of categories of questions, e.g. Numerical Reasoning, Measurements, Verbal Reasoning etc. Each category has tips on solving problems and examples of different kinds of questions being asked usually. Step-wise solutions are explained for each example question. An alternate approach to solving the question is shown for some questions. This helps students with quick revision and also correcting common mistakes they make during practice tests.

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The enrolments in selective high schools are categorised as per the following

Standard Category - 85 per cent of students are accepted based on examination results only. Within this category, no more than 5 per cent of Year 8 students from any one school can be accepted across the four selective entry high schools.

Equity Consideration Category - up to 10 per cent of enrolments are through the equity consideration category. Students eligible for a place under the equity consideration category are the same as those exempt from paying the application fee, that is:

  • students who have parents with either a Commonwealth Health Care Card or a Pension Card, and who qualify for income support benefits, are eligible to apply for Equity Consideration (see Attachment 2 for an example)
  • students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders on the application form.

Principal’s discretion category - up to 5 per cent of enrolments are made under the principal’s discretion category. The principal of each selective entry high school has the authority to offer up to 5 per cent of places through the principal’s discretion category.

Individual selective entry schools identify from the examination results in those students who they wish to invite to submit an application under the principal’s discretion category. These applications, including the due dates for submission, are handled by the individual schools. An invitation to submit an application for a principal’s discretion category is not an offer for a place at the school.

From the submitted principal’s discretion applications, the schools shortlist and interview students, and make offers directly to students.

The above eligibility criteria apply to students living in Victoria, as well as those living and studying interstate or overseas.

Order of Preference

Parents can list up to three schools they would prefer their child to attend. The order of preferences is important. Applicants should put the most preferred school as number one. 

If a student qualifies for more than one school, applicants will only be offered the highest preference for which the student qualifies. Offers for one selective entry high school are not transferable to another selective entry high school.

If a student qualifies for more than one school, the student will only be offered their highest preference. Students cannot choose a different school from their preferences or transfer an offer.


Places in the selective entry high schools are offered in rounds:

The first round of offers emailed with instructions in early November. Applicants who receive a first-round offer have a deadline to accept or decline this offer. If there is no response to an offer before the offer deadline, or if the offer is declined, it will go to the next highest placed eligible student. Extensions to the offer deadline cannot be granted.

The rounds process means that a student who is unsuccessful in the first round may still secure a place through a later round, or that during a later round a student already offered a place may receive an offer at a school higher in their order of preference.  Offers may continue until the end of December.

Parents must respond to the Selective Entry Unit by email and not to individual schools. Parents who wish to withdraw from an offer that they previously accepted should notify the Selective Entry Unit by email and not individual schools.


Information Source: Victoria State Government: Education and Training