Applicants must read and understand this Admissions Policy before submitting an application.
This policy relates to the enrolment of students in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years (IBMY) Programme (Years 7–9) at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT).
This policy aligns with the department-approved Enrolment eligibility plan for QASMT.
International students: QASMT is currently only accredited to enrol International students into the Years 10-12 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Please proceed to: International student applications.
Temporary Residents can apply for entry into Year 7, however must hold, or be able to obtain, an appropriate Temporary or Permanent visa that allows completion of the full Year 7-12 enrolment program. QASMT is not currently accredited to enrol International students in the Years 7-9 Middle Years Programme.
QASMT Enrolment Program
QASMT offers a six-year enrolment program (Years 7-12).
Students study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7-9 and continue through to completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 10-12.
All students must apply for enrolment into Queensland Academies.
Vacancies are filled through a merit process. Every application is considered fully on its own merits as well as in relation to all other applications put forward.
A successful candidate will demonstrate:
- appropriate level of academic ability
- a high level of commitment, work ethic and application to study
- capacity for planning, effective organisation and time management
- very high levels of personal behaviour
- personal qualities for success in a rigorous academic program.
The assessment of a student’s suitability for a Queensland Academy will include the following processes to explore the attributes listed above:
- Completion of the specified Entrance Test
- Analysis of school reports and other academic performance data e.g. NAPLAN results
- An interview by members of the Academy collegiate
- Review of additional information relevant to the Student Selection Process, where available*
*All information relevant to the Student Selection Process that may impact on the assessment of an application must be fully disclosed (where requested in the application, or in a separate statement submitted to the Queensland Academies Admissions Office) at the time of application.
Candidates in Year 5 or Year 6 who are shortlisted for interview will be provided with a Letter of Recommendation form, which their Primary school Principal or Delegate is invited to complete.
Additional information to support a student during the application process and enrolment, such as EAP, ICP, access arrangements, tailored supports, reasonable adjustments, acceleration, giftedness assessments, behaviour management plans and court orders, if available, must also be provided at the time of application.
Should updated or additional relevant information become available after application submission, this must be provided to Queensland Academies as soon as possible and prior to acceptance of offer.
When to apply
- Year 7 is the entry point for enrolment into QASMT.
- The application process is designed to be undertaken when students are in Year 5*, prior to the Standard Application Close date.
*or age or education program equivalent to Year 5 in Queensland
The Standard Application Process is the only application period with scheduled Applications Open, Applications Close and Entrance Test dates and Notice of Outcomes period.
Year 7 in 2024 - Standard Applications Close: Wednesday 24 August 2022, 4pm.
Year 7 in 2024 - Standard application process and key dates
Apply Online & Register for the Entrance Test
Sit the Entrance Test
|The school will conduct an initial assessment of Academic evidence & Shortlisting for interview|
Candidates will receive:
- An invitation to interview; Or
- A notification that the applicant cannot be offered an interview or place at that time, but will continue to be considered in a merit pool for all vacancies through to the end of the following academic year, through the Principal’s Discretionary Process (see below); Or
- A notification of Unsuccessful outcome
For shortlisted candidates
|Applications are assessed|
Candidates will receive:
- An offer of Enrolment; Or
- A notification that the applicant cannot be offered a place at that time, but will continue to be considered in a merit pool for all vacancies through to the end of the following academic year, through the Principal’s Discretionary Process (see below); Or
- A notification of Unsuccessful outcome
|Applications for 2024 entry open||Monday 7 February 2022|
|Applications must be received by||4pm Wednesday 24 August 2022 |
|Testing day||2 - 11 September 2022*|
|Engagement activity||Shortlisted candidates only|
*Your child will be scheduled to sit an Entrance Test during the week of 2 - 11 September 2022 through an automatic scheduling process. Please ensure your child is available to test on all published dates. We are unable to accommodate requests for a preferred test date.
The 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.
|Ability||Verbal reasoning||30min||Measures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.|
|Ability||Numerical reasoning||30min||Measures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.|
|Achievement||Reading comprehension||30min||Measures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.|
|Achievement||Mathematics||30min||Measures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.|
|Achievement||Written expression||15min||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 Queensland Academies. For more information, and to view Edutest Terms and Conditions, please visit the Edutest website
|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 a child’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.
Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview and provided with a Letter of Reference form, for completion by your child’s Principal or delegate.
The Principal will reinterview a student where further information or clarity is required.
Candidates being considered through the Principal’s Discretionary Process
All available places for a cohort may be offered through the Standard Applications Process.
Due to the popularity of the program, the number of highly capable candidates seeking enrolment typically exceeds the number of places available.
The Principal’s Discretionary Process is an additional opportunity for a highly capable candidate who has not been offered interview or enrolment at the end of the Standard Applications Process, to be considered further should vacancies arise, through to the end of Year 7, in a merit pool.
While in this process, the Queensland Academies Admissions Office will prompt candidates to provide updated academic evidence (reports and Naplan) at the time of anticipated release.
Should a vacancy arise, all candidate applications in the merit pool will again be holistically assessed. Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Interview and progress through the selective entry process.
A vacancy may arise where: a successful candidate is unable to accept their offer, due to normal student movement (eg family relocation), or where the number of places in a cohort is increased in response to whole-school enrolment planning. Queensland Academies cannot pre-determine when, or how many, vacancies may become available during the Principal’s Discretionary Process for a given intake. While vacancies may be limited, and there is no guarantee that a future vacancy will arise, it is worth noting that at all previous entry points, a number of vacancies have been considered and highly capable applicants in the merit pool have been offered enrolment.
Notice of outcome, Enrolment decisions and Feedback
Outcomes will be issued by the Queensland Academies - Admissions office to applicants via email.
Parents/carers of successful candidates will be contacted by the QASMT Enrolments office to accept their offer and pay enrolment fees.
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 all other applications put forward. The Principal's decision on selection is final.
Note: The Principal has the right to withdraw an offer of enrolment should evidence become available that the student is not able to meet expected standards of behaviour.
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 fee: $250.00 (non-refundable)
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 Principal.
Ready to apply?
You need to know:
- A student can only submit one application to Queensland Academies in a given year.
- A student can only have one application to Queensland Academies under consideration at any time.
- When a student applies to a Queensland Academy, they are making a commitment to that school. There is no transfer process for students from the end of the Middle school program (Year 9) at QASMT into Year 10 at either Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus (QACI) or Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus (QAHS). Students refer to Year 10 enrolments pathways if seeking entry into QACI (Year 10) or QAHS (Year 10 or the Brilliant Futures Gold Coast Program).
- The application process gathers information regarding the student's contact details, medical history, educational history, previous achievements and aspirations.
- All information relevant to the student selection process that may impact on the assessment of an application must be fully disclosed (where requested in the application, or in a separate statement submitted to the Queensland Academies Admissions Office) at the time of application. Should such information become available after application submission, this must be provided to Queensland Academies as soon as possible and prior to acceptance of offer. Note: The Principal reserves the right to cease processing an application for a future student or cease the enrolment of an existing student where entitlement to enrolment has been obtained through false or misleading statements.
- Applicants who live or study interstate, overseas or remote from the school —please refer to Edutest remote testing service eligibility and the additional remote testing fee prior to lodging your application*
- Siblings of current students are not eligible for automatic enrolment, and must successfully undertake the selective entry application process to be considered for enrolment.
- Application for admission is no guarantee of an offer of enrolment and any application fee paid is non-refundable.
Prepare your application:
Before you apply, prepare the following documentation for 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 details*; or overseas birth certificate details* and permanent residency visa or temporary residency visa details
- Medical diagnosis letter/report** (where available)
- 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.
- 2 most recent semester school reports
- NAPLAN results where available. (Year 5 Naplan may be requested on completion)
* successful candidates must be able to show their birth certificate to the school on enrolment. Successful temporary resident candidates must also fulfil any EQI requirements prior to applying, and provide current visa and Authority to Enrol details on enrolment.
**A medical diagnosis report/letter will need to be provided if requesting special considerations (access arrangements or reasonable adjustments). Please note that special considerations 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, as well as any recommended adjustments.
The application will also require:
- Parent acknowledgement that the terms of the Disclosure Policy and Privacy Statement, as noted in the application, have been read, understood and accepted
- Payment of non-refundable application fees
- All candidate applications will be acknowledged on receipt and any incomplete information/documentation will be requested before progressing the application through the selective entry process. Incomplete applications will not be progressed to the interview stages.