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Mid-course Entry

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​​​​​For Domestic students currently enrolled in Years 7, 8 or 9:​

Admissions Policies and Applications Processes

  • Consideration may be given to students seeking Mid-course entry into Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology Middle Years Programme where a case for continuity of language studies* can be justified. 
  • A Mid-course entry applicant will be considered for entry from the most suitable entry point, determined by the Principal.** 
  • The languages on offer at QASMT are: French, German, Japanese and Latin.  Candidates with no prior language studies in one of these languages, apply for Year 10 entry (Japanese and French are offered at ab initio [beginner level] from the commencement of Year 10). 
  • Mid-course entry is designed for highly capable candidates with a record of very strong academic performance who are seeking the opportunity to be considered should a vacancy arise.​
Before applying, prospective applicants must understand:
  • Mid-course entry is not a standard entry point. ​Mid-course entry vacancies are very limited, and case-by-case.  There is no guarantee a suitable vacancy will arise.  Queensland Academies cannot pre-determine when, or how many, vacancies may become available.
  • There are no published timelines or dates for Entrance tests, interviews and assessment for outcomes for Mid-course entry applications. These activities will occur around normal school operations and in response to vacancies arising.
  • Mid-course entry applicants must undergo all stages of the selective entry applications process (apply online, submit report cards and Naplan results, where available; sit an Entrance Test; and if shortlisted, undergo an interview) to be considered for places.  
  • Mid-course entry applicants must additionally provide evidence to demonstrate continuity in language studies* at the entry point they are requesting. Applicants may need to complete an Additional language assessment.
  • Where a vacancy arises, all eligible applicants seeking entry at that point will be considered.  The successful applicant will be selected on merit.
  • A Mid-course entry application will be considered for vacancies arising through to the end of the following academic year.*** (Prospective applicants currently in Years 8 or 9: See notes below for conditions)
  • An applicant can only submit one application to Queensland Academies in a given year. 
  • An applicant can only submit one application for Mid-course entry to commence in Year 7, 8 or 9.

*Continuity in language studies

An applicant seeking mid-course entry must demonstrate continuity in language studies in one of the Additional languages (French, German, Japanese or Latin) offered at QASMT.  This means, a level of language competency similar to that of the rest of the cohort at the entry point they are seeking.

Evidence to demonstrate continuity in language studies must include evidence of formal learning (complete academic reports and timetable/handbook or other evidence that details the number and duration of language classes studied per week).

Please note that the number and duration of Additional language classes held at QASMT is typically greater than that offered in most other schools.

**Most suitable entry point

The Principal will carefully review all evidence (provided by the applicant, referring to the QASMT curriculum and in consultation with teaching staff) to determine whether continuity is possible.  The Principal will decide whether the most suitable entry point is at the mid-course entry point requested, or for the commencement of Year 10. The Principal's decision on this is final.

If the Principal determines that mid-course entry is not possible and that Year 10 is the most suitable entry point, but the applicant does not wish to be considered for Year 10 entry, the applicant may withdraw the application by email to admissions@qa.eq.edu.au. There is no refund for withdrawal of application.  If the applicant subsequently decides to reapply for entry into Year 10 after withdrawing, a new application will be required.

Students seeking mid-course entry are strongly advised to contact Queensland Academies Admissions on (07) 3377 9366 prior to applying.​

Step-by-step: Mi​​d-course Entry Application process and Outcomes

  • Download and complete the Language Experience Form ​
  • Apply online through the Queensland Academies Application Portal (uploading documents as requested, including the Language Experience Form)  
  • ​The Principal will review the evidence provided and determine whether there is a case for continuity in language studies at the entry point requested
    • ​​​If the Principal determines there is sufficient evidence to support a case for continuity, the applicant will be invited to sit an Entrance Test at the next available testing point (likely in the following term).  Once test results are available, the application will be assessed, holistically. Applications are assessed on merit, and relative to other applications.  The candidate will receive either:
      • ​​Invitation to interview (then holistic review for outcome): if a vacancy is currently under consideration
      • ​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.  Review may occur at any time during that period, as vacancies arise. Candidates progressed to interview will be contacted.  The Admissions Office will prompt the applicant to upload academic reports at the time of release, so that the application always remains current. 
      • ​Notification of Unsuccessful outcome
    • If the Principal determines there is not sufficient evidence to support a case for continuity at the entry point requested, the applicant will be informed.  The applicant will not need to submit a new application.  Instead, when the applicant commences Year 9, they will be invited to sit an Entrance Test, to be considered for entry into Year 10.  The Admissions office will request reports as they are released in the meantime.  Once test results are available, the application will be assessed, holistically. Applications are assessed on merit, and relative to other applications.  The candidate will receive either:
      • ​Invitation to interview (then holistic review for outcome) 
      • ​Notification that the applicant cannot be considered for an interview or place at that time, but will continue to be considered for vacancies, should they arise, through to the end of Year 10. 
      • ​Notification of Unsuccessful outcome

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.

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.

Edutest will mark the tests and analyse the student results on behalf of the Queensland Academies.  For more information, and to view Edutest Terms and Conditions, please visit the Edutest we​bsite.​​

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 r​elative 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.​

​​Intervi​​​ew

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and provided with a Letter of Reference form, for completion by your child’s Principal or delegate.​

Re-interview arrang​​ement

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Notice of outcome, Enrolmen​t 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 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, or information relevant to the student selection process that may impact on the assessment of an application is not fully disclosed. 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. ​

Re-applying to the Que​ensland Academies

  • Candidates seeking to re-apply must seek advice from the Queensland Academies Admissions Office before submitting a new application.
  • An applicant who has unsuccessfully applied for entry into a given year level, cannot apply for Mid-course entry into that same year level (eg a candidate in Year 6 who unsuccessfully applied for entry into Year 7 cannot apply for mid-course entry into Year 7).
  • A Year 7 entry applicant who is being considered through the Principal’s Discretionary Process for vacancies through to the end of Year 7, cannot apply for Mid-course entry into Year 7.
  • An applicant can only submit one application for Mid-course entry to commence in Year 7, 8 or 9.
  • A Mid-course entry applicant who sat the Entrance test while in Year 7 cannot apply for Year 10 entry at any Queensland Academy while they have an application for Mid-course entry into QASMT under consideration. (Contact Queensland Academies – Admissions for advice on withdrawal and reapplication when in Year 9).
  • A Mid-course entry applicant who sat the Entrance test while in Year 7 and received a notification of unsuccessful outcome can reapply for Year 10 entry at one of the three Queensland Academies. Note Year 10 application timelines.
  • A Mid-course entry applicant who sat the Entrance test while in Year 8 cannot apply for Year 10 entry at any Queensland Academy while they have an application for Mid-course entry into QASMT under consideration.   (Contact Queensland Academies – Admissions for advice on withdrawal and reapplication when in Year 9).
  • A Mid-course entry applicant who sat the Entrance test while in Year 8 and received a notification of unsuccessful outcome can reapply for Year 10 entry at one of the three Queensland Academies when they enter Year 9. Note Year 10 application timelines.
  • A Mid-course entry applicant who sat the Entrance test while in Year 9 and received a notification of unsuccessful outcome cannot reapply for entry into Year 10 in the following year at a Queensland Academy.
  • A candidate in Year 9 cannot apply for both Mid-course entry into QASMT and Year 10 entry at any Queensland Academy.  Candidates in Year 9 are advised to read the Year 10 admissions policy and Year 10 application process, before deciding whether to apply for Mid-course entry or Year 10 entry.

Transfer to another Queensland​ Academy

When a student applies to a Queensland Academy, they are making a commitment to that school.  Successful Mid-course entry candidates are offered enrolment for the remainder of full 6-year program at QASMT.  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 seeking entry into QACI or QAHS should refer to Year 10 enrolments pathways.​

Appl​​​​ication fees

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 with​drawn; 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?

  • 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 campus—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:​

  • Download and complete the Language Experience Form ​
  • 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 pro​fessional, 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.

*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 and 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 students' 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.

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Last reviewed 29 April 2022
Last updated 29 April 2022