Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

Year 10 Selective Entry - Standard Application Process 

We have finalised the Standard Application Process for Year 10 2020 entrance (applications closed Friday 22 March, 4pm). 

At this stage in the year, we are now accepting Principal's Discretionary applications which will be assessed by the Principal on a case-by-case basis as vacancies arise.  Highly capable candidates with strong academic results are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible opportunity. 


Information for applicants who have already applied through the Standard Application Process can be found below:

Standard Application Process Timeline for Year 10 entry in 2020 - Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus 

Applications for 2020 Entry open

Monday 21 January

Open Day

Saturday 9 March, 12pm - 3pm

Applications must be received by

Friday 22 March, 4pm

Testing Day

Saturday 30 March, 8am - 12.00pm

Invitation to Interview

Shortlisted candidates only

Notice of Outcome

Late Term 2

Standard Application Process: 

Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal

Applicants sit the Edutest entrance exam, and selected students are invited to participate in an interview

Applicants receive notice of outcome. 

Online Application

Before you apply:

  • Applicants seeking special consideration for the entrance test: contact Admissions prior to lodging your application. 
  • Applicants who live or study interstate, overseas or remote from the campus: Refer to https://www.edutest.com.au/contact.htm for Edutest's Remote Testing Service eligibility and the additional remote testing fee prior to lodging your application


Students seeking to attend one the Queensland Academies Campuses as an International Student need to make an application through Education Queensland International before applying to Queensland Academies.

Please note:

  • The application process is designed to be undertaken by students in Year 9 (or age or education program equivalent) for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 10. 
  • A student can only have one application for enrolment into a Queensland Academies campus in assessment at any one time. Students are not eligible to reapply to Queensland Academies in the same year as when an outcome has been granted. Admissions policies can be reviewed at: https://qa.eq.edu.au/apply/year-10-admissions-policy/

To apply, parents/guardians are required to register their details and their child’s details in the Queensland Academies Portal. Once registered, parents/guardians are able to start new applications for their children.

For the Year 10 Entry application, you will be prompted to attach the following documentation in your online application:

  • A recent photograph of the applicant (a school ID or passport-style photo taken within the last 2 years)
  • Birth Certificate (applicants born in Australia or New Zealand) or Passport (all other applicants). International students and temporary residents should also attach visa evidence including visa subclass; Permanent Residents should also attach evidence of Permanent Residency. 
  • Medical Diagnosis Letter/Report* 
  • Evidence of Giftedness (test results if applicable)
  • Two most recent semester school reports (e.g. Semester 1 2018 & Semester 2 2018)
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 (or a reason why this cannot be provided)

*A medical diagnosis report/letter will need to be provided if requesting special considerations. Please note that special needs requests and supporting documentation should generally be no more than 3 years old. Letters from health practitioners must be on an official letterhead and give clear information on the candidate's condition as it affects their ability to sit the Entrance Test and recommended adjustments. 

Entrance Test

The Entrance Test is a series of tests approximately 3 hours of duration that will be facilitated by Edutest. The tests will cover both ability and achievement.

Test Summary

The Ability tests 

Ability tests are designed to measure a child's ability to think, reason and solve problems, without necessarily relying on prior knowledge. Ability generally predicts how quickly a child will be able to learn and the level of complexity they can comfortably deal with.


The Achievement tests

Achievement tests are designed to measure actual achievement or performance in some key academic areas. Achievement scores are influenced by a child's ability, as well as the application and practise of knowledge that has been learned.


Verbal Reasoning

30 minutes long


Measures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.


Numerical Reasoning

30 minutes long


Measures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.

Edutest summary data is only available to students once they have commenced at Queensland Academies in Year 10. Queensland Academies will respond to requests received in writing and will provide this document from Term 1 Week 2 of the following academic year. 


Reading Comprehension

30 minutes long


Measures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.



30 minutes long


Measures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.


Written Expression

15 minutes long


This test assesses the ability to convey ideas clearly in written form. Punctuation, creativity, construction, grammar, spelling and relevance to the task are assessed.

Information about the testing day will be distributed to families via email after applications have officially closed. Entrance tests are marked by Edutest. Results are analysed by Queensland Academies. 


Selected applicants will be invited to attend a campus interview. Applicants must bring the following:

1. A sample of academic work which demonstrates academic excellence and innovation. 
2. A statement of academic journey.

1. Sample of academic work

The purpose of this sample is for the applicant to use it as a basis to respond to questions during the interview as well as communicate reasons they should be considered for a place at the campus for which they are applying. A portfolio of awards and certificates is not required.

The sample of work should be from an area of the applicant’s interest and should demonstrate academic excellence and innovation. The work sample should evidence an extended piece of writing or journaling; examples may include anything from a scientific research assignment, to a creative piece with supporting written analysis, to a school assignment. 

Please provide a copy of the work sample to be left with the interviewer (hardcopy printout or USB).

2. A statement of academic journey

This statement should be a maximum of one A4 page, font size Arial 10, outlining the applicant’s academic journey, including the highs and lows.

NB: Applicants interested in studying IB Music at the Creative Industries campus are required to show evidence of completion of (or working toward the completion of) a level in music theory equivalent to AMEB Grade 3 Theory.

NB: Applicants interested in studying IB Dance at the Creative Industries Campus are expected to continue their structured technical dance lessons outside the normal QACI timetable.

Notice of Outcome

Outcomes will be issued to applicants via email.

Parents/carers will be contacted by the school campus to accept their offer and pay the deposit fee. This deposit is deducted from the annual International Baccalaureate Programme fee when the student commences Year 10. 

Click here for information about Appeals Against Non-Offer  

Application Fees

Application fee: $250.00

Remote online testing incurs an additional fee. See the Edutest website for more details. 

There is no application process for scholarships. Eligible students and their parents/carers will be contacted by the relevant Principal should opportunities arise. Applicants seeking fee relief for program and other fees are requested to contact the relevant Principal.