Year 7 application process


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

Year 7 in 2022: Apply through the standard application process until applications close date. After standard applications close, apply through the Principal's discretionary process.

Year 7 in 2021: Use the Principal's discretionary application process. 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 2020 timeline for Year 7 in 2022

Information for students in Year 5 in 2020.

Applications for 2022 entry openTuesday 28 January 2020
Open dayThursday 27 February 2020
Applications must be received by4pm on Thursday 3 September 2020
Testing day14 - 18 September 2020**
Engagement activityShortlisted candidates only
Notice of outcomeLate Term 4 2020*

* At the end of the standard applications process, an application may be moved into the Principal's discretionary process if additional evidence (documentation or other enquiries) is required to continue application assessment.

**Due to the evolving situation around COVID-19, the Entrance Test previously scheduled for August 8 has been postponed.  The school will instead conduct small group tests during the period 14 -18 September, 2020.

Principal's discretionary process

After the standard application process, highly capable candidates with strong academic results who wish to be considered should a vacancy arise, can apply through this process. Applicants should submit their online application at the earliest possible opportunity.

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.

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

Principal's discretionary application process steps:

  1. Submit an online application through the Queensland Academies Portal.
  2. The Principal will make a recommendation about how the application will progress.
  3. If progressed to testing, Queensland Academies Admissions Office will arrange entrance testing at the next available opportunity.
  4. Complete applications will be assessed on a case by case basis should a vacancy arise.

While an application is under consideration, the Queensland Academies Admissions Office will routinely request updated academic reports at the time of their anticipate release.

Online application

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.

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 2019 and Semester 2 2019)
  • 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.

Last reviewed 29 July 2020
Last updated 29 July 2020