Year 7 Selective Entry Application Process

Students wishing to enter the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology in Year 7 are required to participate in the selective entry process.

Key Dates for 2019 Applications:

Closing Date: regional, interstate students currently studying overseas or with special needs  

Friday May 4

Closing Date: local  applications

Friday  May 11

Testing ( current Year 5 and 6 students )

Saturday May  19

Invitation to interview (Year 6 students only) *


Week beginning

June 11

Year 6 Interviews


Week beginning

June 18

Year 6 Offers 

 Term 3

Acceptance of Offer

Term 3

*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

Step 2.

Sit the entrance exam

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) 
  • Birth Certificate, Passport or 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 2017 & Semester 2 2017)
  • 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 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.

**Students applying in Year 5 will be asked to provide NAPLAN details when available, noting that step 3 and step 4 will take place later in the year.

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:

What do I need to bring for the Test?

Students will need to bring 2 x 2B or HB pencils, a blue or black pen, an eraser and a sharpener in a clear plastic sleeve. Students are also allowed to bring water bottle into the test environment.

Arrival and registration: from 8:15am

The Year 7 Photographic Identification letter must be presented for collection at the point of registration (No student will be permitted to sit the test without this document). 

Test Commencement: 9:00am

Break: approx. 10:10am (15 minutes)

Dismissal: 12.noon

Step 3: Interview

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

Step 4: Advice 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 5 or 6 for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 7 in the relevant year. 
  • 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 committing to 6 years of program provision at that campus.