Year 7 Selective Entry Application Process

Principal's Discretionary Applications now being accepted

We have finalised the standard application process for Year 7 2019 entrance (applications closed 11 May and entrance testing occurred on 19 May). 

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. 

Key Dates for 2019 Applications:

Please note that this process is only available for students currently in Year 6 seeking entry into Year 7 in 2019. 

The next application process for students currently in Year 5 will be early in 2019. 

Applications must be received by

Sunday October 14


Tuesday October 23

Invitation to interview

Shortlisted candidates only

Notice of outcome

Week 7 Term 4

*Please note that the final stages of the selective entry process for Year 5 students will occur later in 2018.

There are four steps to the Year 7 selective entry process:

Step 1.

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

Step 2.

Sit the Entrance Test

Step 3.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to undertake an interview with their parent/guardian

Step 4.

Students are advised of the outcome

Step 1: Online 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 2 2017 & Semester 1 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 consideration. 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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:

Step 3: Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with their parent/guardian.

Step 4: 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. 


  • $250.00 – for students testing at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology

Please note:

  • The application process is designed to be undertaken by students in Years 6 for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 7 in the 2019. 
  • 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.