Year 10 application process


Below 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 2022 at QACI and QAHS: Apply through the Standard Application Process until Applications close date. After standard applications close, apply through the Principal's Discretionary Process. 

Year 10 in 2022 at QASMT: Applications to QASMT for entry into Year 10 in 2022 (and thereafter) can only be made online through the Principal's Discretionary Process. There will not be a Standard Application Process for Year 10 in 2022 at QASMT, as the school’s Year 9 students will move into Year 10 each year.  Applicants will be considered for vacancies as they arise.

Standard Application Process

Standard application process steps:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Applicants sit the Edutest entrance test.
  3. Selected students are invited to participate in an interview.
  4. Applicants receive notice of outcome.
QACI and QAHS each have a scheduled Standard Applications Process for entry into Year 10 in a given year. 

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 2022

CampusOpen day
Applications closeTesting dates
Invitation to interviewNotice of outcome
QACISaturday 29 May, 2021
Friday 18 June, 4pm, 2021
Friday 16 July, Saturday 17 July and Saturday 24 July, 2021* **
Shortlisted candidates only
Late Term 3 2021
Wednesday 17 February, 2021
Thursday 4 March, 4pm, 2021
Saturday 13 March and Saturday 20 March, 2021* 
Candidates will be advised of their interview date and time
Late Term 2 2021

*Your child will be scheduled for a test on one of these dates through an automatic scheduling process. Please ensure your child is available to test on both of the published dates. We are unable to accommodate requests for a preferred test date. 

**CGEN participants will sit the test on Saturday 24 July, 2021.  Email confirmation of your participation to by Friday 18 June, 4pm, 2021

Due to COVID, proposed dates will be reviewed in early 2021.  Students who have submitted an application will receive email updates regarding application dates.

Outcomes are notified via email.  Applicants will receive either:
  • invitation to interview; or
  • notification of unsuccessful 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.

Principal's Discretionary Process

Principal's Discretionary Process applications will be assessed by the Principal as vacancies arise on a case-by-case basis. 

Highly capable candidates with strong academic results who have missed the Standard Application Process and are seeking to apply should submit their online application at the earliest possible opportunity:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. Students will receive advice about testing
  3. Applications will be assessed as vacancies arise on a case by case basis. The Principal will make a recommendation about how the application will progress.
Where an Academy's capacity has been reached, applications being assessed through the Principal's Discretionary Process 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.

Online application
  • The Standard Application Process is designed to be undertaken by students in Year 8 during 2020 or early Year 9 during 2021 (or age or education program equivalent) for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 10 in 2022. See cut-off dates.
  • The Principal's Discretionary Application Process is designed to be undertaken by students in Year 9 (or age or education program equivalent) for entry at the commencement of Term 1 of Year 10.
  • A student can submit 1 application only to Queensland Academies for entry into any given year. When a student applies to Queensland Academies, they are making a commitment to their chosen campus.
To apply, parents/guardians are required to register their details and their child's details in the Queensland Academies Portal. Once registered, parents/guardians are able to start new applications for their children.

For the Year 10 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 (applicants born in Australia or New Zealand) or birth certificate, passport and visa evidence (Australian and New Zealand permanent residents, international students and temporary residents). International students and temporary residents' visa evidence should include visa subclass. If on a bridging visa, provide subclass for visa held prior to bridging visa, as well as subclass of visa applied for.
  • Medical diagnosis letter/report*
  • Evidence of giftedness (test results if applicable)
  • 2 most recent semester school reports (e.g. Semester 1 2020 & Semester 2 2020). 
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 (or a reason why this cannot be provided—Year 9 Naplan may be requested when available).
*A medical diagnosis report/letter may be requested if an applicant is seeking special considerations (adjustments) for the entrance test. Please note that special needs requests and 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 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.

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.


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 highs and lows.

Notice of outcome

Applicants will receive outcomes via email (letter of offer, letter of nonoffer, or notification that the application will continue to be reviewed through Principal's discretionary process if additional evidence (documentation or other enquiries) is required to continue application assessment.

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.

Please note that we do not distribute individual test results. Test results are not reviewed in isolation but are considered alongside the other evidence provided in the application to form a holistic assessment of your student's academic ability.

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 candidate. 

Application fees

Application fee: $250.00 (non-refundable)

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 Academy Principal.

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

Last reviewed 19 February 2021
Last updated 19 February 2021