Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology - Year 10 Selective Entry Application Process
We have finalised the standard application process for Year 10 2019 entrance (applications closed 16 March and entrance testing occurred on 24 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:
Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal
Applicants will be advised whether they are progressing to the testing stage
Progressing applicants will sit the entrance exam
Shortlisted candidates will undertake an interview, bringing a sample of academic work and a statement of academic journey
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, Passport or Permanent residency visa (International students and temporary residents should also attach visa evidence including visa subclass)
- Medical Diagnosis Letter/Report*
- Evidence of Giftedness (test results if applicable)
- Two most recent semester school reports (e.g. Semester 1 2017 & Semester 2 2017)
- 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 the earlier closing date for this type of application). 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.
An initial application fee of $150 is applicable at the point of lodging the online application. Please see bottom of page for full application fees.
Applicants will be informed whether their application is progressing to the test stage. Progressing applicants will be required to complete an additional payment of the balance of the full application fee. Please see bottom of the page for full application fees.
Step 2: Entrance Exam
Applicants will need to sit a general academic test that has been designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). ACER will mark the tests and analyse the student results on behalf of the Queensland Academies.
Entrance Test Information
The test has four parts:
- A reading comprehension test (multiple choice - 45 minutes)
- A written essay (paper provided – 25 minutes)
- A mathematics/science test (multiple choice – 40 minutes)
- An abstract reasoning test (multiple choice – 30 minutes)
What do I need to bring for the Test?
The test will require students to bring:
- two black or blue pens
- two HB or B pencils
- photo identification (ie. student ID card or valid passport)
No other material or resources will be required for the test. There will be a short lunch break and students should bring a packed lunch.
ACER 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.
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 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.
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
- $300.00 – for students testing on campus
- $400.00 – for students testing at a regional/interstate location
- $500.00 – for students testing outside of Australia
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.
- 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.