Year 7 application process


The information below relates to the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) campus only.

Year 7 in 2023: Apply through the standard application process until applications close date. After standard applications close, apply through the Principal's discretionary process.

Year 7 in 2022: The Standard Application Process has closed. Late applications can be submitted through the Principal's discretionary application process. Please note the next available testing day may not be until late 2021. 

There are no inter-academy transfers available to students who have enrolled at QASMT from Year 7. Students accepting an offer into Year 7 at the QASMT are committing to 6 years of program provision at that campus. Applicants can submit only 1 application per calendar year to Queensland Academies.

Standard application process

Standard application process steps:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal and register for the entrance test.
  2. Sit the entrance test.
  3. Shortlisted applicants are invited to participate in an engagement activity.
  4. Students are advised of the outcome.

QASMT has 1 scheduled standard applications process for entry into Year 7 in a given year which is undertaken by students who are at the commencement of Year 5. The standard applications process has a scheduled close date and entrance test date. Students seeking entry should apply through the standard application process 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 for Year 7 in 2023

Information for students in Year 5 in 2021.

Applications for 2023 entry openMonday 25 January 2021
Applications must be received by4pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021
Testing day3 - 10 September 2021*
Engagement activityShortlisted candidates only
Notice of outcomeLate Term 4 2021**

*Your child will be scheduled for a test during the week of 3 - 10 September 2021 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.
** 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 the following school year after submission.

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

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)
  • Australian/New Zealand birth certificate or overseas birth certificate and 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)
  • 2 most recent semester school reports (e.g. Semester 1 2020 and Semester 2 2020)
  • NAPLAN results for Year 3 (Or a reason why this cannot be provided. Year 5 Naplan may be requested on completion)

*A medical diagnosis report/letter will need to be provided if requesting special considerations. Please note that special needs 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.

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. Edutest will provide applicants and their families with all of the operational details about the test. For more information please visit the Edutest website.

Engagement activity

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an engagement activity.

Notice of outcome

Outcomes will be issued to applicants via email.

Parents/carers of successful candidates will be contacted by the school campus to accept their offer and pay the deposit fee. 

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 Principal.

Applicants should read and understand the Year 7 Admissions Policy before submitting an application.

Last reviewed 15 March 2021
Last updated 15 March 2021