Students wishing to enter a Queensland Academies campus are required to participate in the following selective entry process while they are in Year 9: (Click on each tab to view more)
To sit the test, applicants will need to submit a completed Application Form accompanied by the application fee.
Checklist of items to include with application:
- A recent photograph (passport size) of the applicant
- A current and active email address
- Credit card details or cheque to cover the application fee
- Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
- Copy of permanent residency visa (if applicable)
- Medical Diagnosis Letter/Report (if requesting special considerations – please note the earlier closing date). Also, 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.
- Evidence of Giftedness (test results if applicable)
- Copy of two most recent semester’s school reports
- Copy of NAPLAN results for Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 (if available)
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.
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.
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)
ACER has created sample Entrance Test questions to give students an idea of the test format (not the degree of difficulty of the actual test).
Download a Sample Test
All Queensland Academies applicants will be required to attend an interview to present themselves and their capabilities.
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.
NB: Students 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.
Offers will be made to students on the basis of their entrance exam results, interview and auditions/portfolios.
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’. Phone contact with the Admissions’ Centre will inform you of the 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.