Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology

Year 7 in 2020 or 2021- Selective Entry Application Process


 

We have finalised the Standard Application Process for Year 7, 2020 entrance (applications closed Friday 10th May, 4pm) and Year 7, 2021 entrance (applications closed Friday 3rd May, 4pm).

However, due to the expansion of our campus as part of the Building Future Schools program and completion of our Senior STEM Precinct in January 2020, we are now accepting Principal's Discretionary applications, which will be assessed by the Principal on a case-by-case basis. 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 7 entry in 2020 Applications (For students currently in Year 6):

 

Applications for 2020 Entry open


Applications are now closed


Open Day


Thursday February 28


Applications must be received by


Friday May 3, 4pm


Testing Day


Saturday May 11


Engagement Activity


Shortlisted candidates only


Notice of Outcome

Term 3

Standard Application Process Timeline for Year 7 entry in 2021 Applications (For students currently in Year 5):

 

Applications for 2021 Entry open


Applications are now closed


Open Day


Thursday February 28


Applications must be received by


Friday May 10, 4pm


Testing Day


Saturday May 25


Engagement Activity


Shortlisted candidates only


Notice of Outcome

Term 4

Standard Application Process:

Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal and register for the Entrance Test

Sit the Entrance Test

Shortlisted applicants are invited to participate in an engagement activity

Students are advised of the outcome

Online Application

  • The application process is designed to be undertaken by students in Year 6 for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 7 in 2020 and students in Year 5 for entry at the commencement of Term 1 in Year 7 in 2021.
  • Applicants can submit only one application per calendar year
  • There are no inter-academy transfers available to students who have enrolled at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology from Year 7. Students accepting an offer into Year 7 at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology are committing to 6 years of program provision at that campus. 

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 for Edutest's Remote Testing Service eligibility and the additional remote testing fee prior to lodging your application. 

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

For the Year 7 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) 
  • Australian/New Zealand Birth Certificate or Overseas Birth Certificate and Permanent residency visa (all applicants must have Australian Citizenship or are the child of an Australian citizen; or have Permanent Resident status or are the child of a Permanent Resident) 
  • Medical Diagnosis Letter/Report *( if applicable )  
  • Evidence of Giftedness (if applicable)
  • Two most recent semester school reports (e.g. Semester 1 2018 & Semester 2 2018)
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3 and 5 **(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 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.

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 7. 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.

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

Engagement Activity

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an engagement activity. 

Notice of 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.

Please note we are not able to distribute individual student test results. 

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.