Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology - Year 10 Selective Entry Application Process 


We have finalised the standard application process for Year 10 2020 entrance (applications closed 15 March). 

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.

The process for submitting a Principal's Discretionary application at Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology is:

Step 1

Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal

Applicants will be advised whether they are progressing to the testing stage. 

Step 2

Applicants will sit the entrance exam

Step 3

Applicants will undertake an interview, bringing a sample of academic work and a statement of academic journey

Step 4

Applicants receive notice of outcome

Step 1: Online Application

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 1 year old. Letters from health practitioners must give clear information on the candidate's condition as it affects their ability to sit the assessment.

Applicants will be informed whether their application is progressing to the test stage. 

Step 2: Entrance Exam

Applicants will sit 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.

1.

Verbal Reasoning

30 minutes long

 

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

2.

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 the academy in Year 10. Queensland Academies will respond to requests received in writing and will provide this document post Day 8 of the academic year. 

 

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.

3.

Reading Comprehension

30 minutes long

 

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

4.

Mathematics

30 minutes long

 

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

5.

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.

Sitting the Entrance Test Off-Campus

Edutest's Remote Testing Service is only available to students who are living and studying interstate, overseas or remote from the testing school.

For further information about off-campus testing, please refer to the Edutest website here

Special Considerations for the Entrance Test

If you require any special considerations for the entrance test, please contact the Queensland Academies Admissions Office on 07 3377 9366, prior to submitting an application. 

Edutest will mark the tests and analyse the student results on behalf of the Queensland Academies. Edutest will provide applicants and their families with all of the operational details about the test. For more information please click here: https://www.edutest.com.au/parents.htm

Step 3: Interview

Students should bring to the interview the following items and ensure a copy of each can be left with the campus at the end of the interview:

1. A sample of academic work or creative work, and
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 piece of work should be from an area of the applicant’s interest and one that they believe demonstrates academic excellence and innovation (laptop or hard copy). This could include scientific research, a creative piece or a school assignment and should evidence an extended piece of writing or journaling. Group work assignments or work that has required several rounds of feedback from teachers provide excellent discussion points that work to demonstrate the learner attributes of the applicant.

Please note that these work samples should be presented in a format that can be left behind with the Interviewer.

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.

Step 4: Formal Offer Outcome

Offers

Offers will be made to students on the basis of their application documentation, entrance exam results and interview.

Parents are asked to provide a deposit to secure enrolment which is deducted from the annual IB program fee.

Non-offers

All appeals against the Enrolment Eligibility Committee assessment of 'non offer' are to be submitted to the Queensland Academies Admissions' Centre within ten working days after receiving the 'Letter of Non Offer'. Call the Admissions Office on (07) 3377 9366 for more details about this process.

All appeals will be considered on merit in accordance with the enrolment criteria. The appellant will need to present evidence to substantiate a claim that the stated criteria have not been applied correctly, fairly or equitably.

 

FULL APPLICATION FEES

  • $250.00 – for students applying under the Standard Applications Process (For students testing on campus) 

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

Please note: The full application fee covers the entire application process: test, analysis of documents and interview. 

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 Academy Principal.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATIONS

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. 
  • Applicants can submit only one application per calendar year
  • You will be prompted to select one campus only.