Year 10 application process


​​​​​​​​​The information b​​elow information relates to all 3 Queensland Academies campuses:

  • Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI)
  • Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus (QAHS)
  • Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT)

Year 10 in 2024 - Apply through the Standard Application Process before the Applications close date. After standard applications close, late applicants may apply through the Principal's Discretionary Process

Year 10 in 2025 - Applications are open now. Apply through the Standard Application Process before the Applications close date. After standard applications close, late applicants may apply through the Principal's Discretionary Process.

​Standard Application Process

Apply through the Standard Application Process wherever possible.

Standard application process steps:

  1. ​Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Applicants sit the Edutest entrance test at the designated venue on the scheduled date.
  3. Selected students are invited to participate in an interview.
  4. Applicants receive notice of outcome.
The Standard Applications Process has a scheduled Applications close date and Entrance test date.  After the close date, the school will commence testing, interview and assessment processes, and making offers of enrolment to successful candidates.

Students seeking entry should apply through the Standard Application Process within advertised timelines wherever possible. If a student has been unable to apply during this period, they may still apply through the school's Principal's Discretionary Process.

Standard application process timeline for Year 10 entry in 2025

CampusOpen day
Applications closeTesting dates
​Testing Venue

Notice of outcome
QACISaturday 18 M​ay 2024
Friday 31 May 4pm, 2024
Saturday 15 June, 2024
Shortlisted candidates only
Late Term 3 2024
Tuesday 13 Feb​ 2024
(Information Evening)
Friday 23 February 4pm, 2024
Saturday 9 March, 2024​ 
Saturday 2 March, 2024
Late Term 2 2024

​Thursday 15 February 4pm​, 2024
​Friday 23 February, 2024
​Shortlisted candidates only
​Late Term 2 2024​

Stan​dard applicat​ion process timeline for Year 10 entry in 2024

CampusOpen day
Applications closeTesting dates
​Testing Venue

Notice of outcome
QACISaturday 20 M​ay 2023
Friday 2 June 4pm, 2023
Saturday 17 June, 2023
Shortlisted candidates only
Late Term 3 2023
Tuesday 14 February  4pm-6pm, 2023
Friday 24 February 4pm, 2023
Saturday 11 March, 2023 ​ 
Saturday 4 March, 2023
Late Term 2 2023

​Friday 17 February 4pm​, 2023
​Friday 24 February, 2023
​Shortlisted candidates only
​Late Term 2 2023​

Principal's Discretionary Process​
Late applicants may apply through the Principal's Discretionary Process. 

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Applicants will be invited to the next available Entrance Test.  

As vacancies arise: 

  1. Selected candidates are invited to participate in an interview.
  2. Applicants receive notice of outcome.

Online application
To apply, one parent/carer is required to register their details as the Primary contact for their child (‘the applicant’) in the Queensland Academies Portal.  Once registered, the Primary contact parent/carer is able to register the applicant’s details and start a new application for the applicant. Only a parent/carer registered as an applicant’s Primary contact can start or edit an application.

For the Year 10 entry application, the Primary contact Parent/carer ​will be prompted to provide information from and/or 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)
  • Evidence of identity and citizenship - details from the applicant's birth certificate, passport and, where applicable, visa evidence (Australian and New Zealand permanent residents, international students and temporary residents).  A Birth Certificate must be available for sighting.
  • 2 most recent semester school reports
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 (or a reason why this cannot be provided—Year 9 Naplan may be requested once available).
  • Medical diagnosis letters/reports*
  • Evidence of giftedness (where available).  Formal assessment or report issued by a suitably qualified professional, school Guidance Officer or Gifted Education Coordinator. Only provide where the author of the report has given written consent to share this.​
*A medical diagnosis report/letter may be requested if an applicant is seeking access arrangements or reasonable adjustments for the entrance test. Please note that supporting documentation should generally be no more than 3 years 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 specify recommended adjustments.​

Entrance test

The Entrance test is a series of tests that will be facilitated by Edutest. The tests will cover both ability and achievement.

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.

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.

AspectTest areaDurationDescription
AbilityVerbal reasoning30minMeasures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.
AbilityNumerical reasoning30minMeasures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.
AchievementReading comprehension30minMeasures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.
AchievementMathematics30minMeasures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.
AchievementWritten expression15minThis test assesses the ability to convey ideas clearly in written form. Punctuation, creativity, construction, grammar, spelling and relevance to the task are assessed.

Remote Testing

Applicants who wish to sit the Entrance Test at a remote venue (ie. Other than Queensland Academies), must contact​ immediately upon completing your Queensland Academies application. Depending on personal circumstances and location, remote testing arrangements can take several weeks to organise.  Early contact with Edutest is strongly advised.

Entrance Test Policy

Read the full Entrance T​est Policy before applying and for detailed information about:
  • Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (AARA)
  • Registering for an Entrance Test
  • Entrance Test dates, days, sessions and times
  • Non-attendance 
  • Request for a Deferred Entrance test
  • Medical conditions, medications and health support needs
  • Illness or misadventure
  • Items permitted in the testing room
  • ​Behaviour expectations on Entrance Test day

Entrance Test results

Please note that we do not distribute individual test results or parent reports. 

The application process is to enable selection of the most suitable candidate from among a cohort of highly capable students for a place at the school.  Entrance Test results are not reviewed in isolation but are considered alongside the other evidence provided in your application and the applications of other candidates, to form a holistic assessment of your student's academic ability and relative suitability for a place.  

We do not provide diagnostic information about an applicant's strengths or areas for growth; please refer to your current school if you are seeking information and advice about your child's academic progress.


Applicants invited to attend a campus interview must bring the following:

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 sample of work should be from an area of the applicant's interest and should demonstrate academic excellence and innovation. The work sample should evidence an extended piece of writing or journaling; examples may include anything from a scientific research assignment, to a creative piece with supporting written analysis, to a school assignment. Please provide a copy of the work sample to be left with the interviewer (hardcopy printout or USB).

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 highlights and challenges.​

Re-interview arrangements

The Principal will reinterview an applicant where further information or clarity is required.​

Notice of outcome

Outcomes are notified via email. ​Applicants will receive either:

  • invitation to interview; or
  • notification of unsucc​essful outcome; or
  • notification that a place is not being offered at this time but that your child’s application will continue to be considered for a place through the Principal’s Discretionary Process.  Further documentation (academic evidence) may be requested.​
Where an Academy's capacity has been reached, highly capable candidates who cannot be offered progression to interview or offer of a place, due to limited vacancies, may be considered in a merit pool.  Candidates in a merit pool may continue to be considered for any vacancies, should they arise, through to the end of Year 10.  While an application is under consideration, the Queensland Academies Admissions Office will routinely request updated academic reports at the time of their anticipated release.

Application for admission is no guarantee of available vacancies or successful enrolment and any fees paid are non-refundable.

Parents/carers of successful candidates will be contacted by the school campus to accept their offer and pay the deposit fee. This deposit is deducted from the annual International Baccalaureate Programme fee when the student commences Year 10.

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on selective entry enrolment.  Assessment of applications involves a number of quality assured processes to ensure every application is considered fully on its own merits as well as in relation to the strength of all other applications put forward.   The Principal's decision on selection is final.

Given the detailed analysis that is undertaken in reviewing each application and the number of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback to each unsuccessful applicant. 

Application fees

Application fee: $250.00 (non-refundable)

Please note that payments via international credit/debit cards may decline. If you are experiencing issues with this, please email  ​

Remote online testing incurs an additional fee. See the Edutest website for more details.

Refund policy: All application fees are final and non-refundable.  This includes where: an application is withdrawn; an application is submitted with incorrect information; an application is unsuccessful; an application is submitted in error, or for the wrong program; an application is submitted for a candidate who is not eligible to apply for that program; a Mid-course entry application where the Principal determines course continuity is not possible; a successful application where the candidate is unable to commence studies on the offered commencement date; an applicant is unable to complete the application process.

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.

Applicants must read and understand the Year 10 Admissions Policy before submitting an application.​​​

Last reviewed 31 July 2023
Last updated 31 July 2023