Mac. Robertson Girls' Entrance Exam Infomation

Year 9 Entry

The evidence of past years is that between 2700 and 3200 students will sit the entrance exam at the old Melbourne Exhibition centre in Carlton for places at one of the four schools.

Students are given six papers to complete.  These are

  • A creative writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
  • An analytical, informative, persuasive or discussion writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
  • Reading comprehension paper (30 minutes for 50 questions)
  • Mathematics paper (30 minutes for 60 questions)
  • Verbal reasoning paper (30 minutes for 60 questions)
  • Numerical reasoning paper (30 minutes for 50 questions)

These Year 8 students’ aggregate scores are ranked with their peers.  An acceptable standard in all sections of the exam is required.

Currently 85 per cent of the Year 9 enrolments are selected through the ‘examination’ process described above with no further information or interview required.  10 per cent of places are allocated according to rank, score and equity considerations.  Details of what is an equity consideration may be obtained from the Education Department website.

The remaining 5 per cent are selected through a ‘Principal’s discretionary selection category’.  They are asked to write a letter and present a portfolio of achievements.  Consequently, some of these are invited for an interview before the selection is made. 

Year 10 Entry

Mac. Rob. selects students for year 10 entry based on application and entrance exam.  The number of spots is dependent on natural attrition. While it is preferable that applicants for Year 10 study one of the four languages offered at the school (French, German, Indonesian and Japanese), it is not mandatory for students entering Year 10 and selection will not be based on language choice.

The entrance exam consists of six papers.  These are

  • Creative writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
  • An analytical, informative, persuasive or discussion writing paper (15 minutes to complete)
  • Reading comprehension paper (50 questions in 30 minutes)
  • Mathematics problem solving paper (60 questions in 30 minutes)
  • Verbal reasoning paper (60 questions in 30 minutes)
  • Numerical reasoning paper (50 questions in 30 minutes)

Year 11 Entry

Applicants are selected by application, entrance exam and interview.  The entrance exam format is the same as the Year 10 entry and girls must submit an application giving evidence for academic and co-curricular achievements and a personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to join Mac.Rob.

A short list of candidates will be interviewed by a school panel.  Hendersons do not have workshops available for Year 10 &11 students looking for entry into Year 11 or 12.  However, we offer application assistance and interview preparation to give your child the best opportunity to obtain a place at the school.