Melbourne High 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

Melbourne High School selects a minimum of 28 students to enter Year 10.  This is a minimum as the total number of places is dependent on natural attrition.

Entry is via application, entrance exam and interview.
On the day of the exam all candidates hand in:
Copies of the applicant’s last two school reports [year 8 end of year and year 9 midyear], A written application which includes a statement of achievement against the selection criteria, supporting documentation and a single A4 page personal statement.

The exam is:

  • 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)

After completing the exam, a selection panel reviews the results and letters of application in order to select candidates for interview.  Usually, about sixty students are assigned appointments in groups of six.  They are then reviewed on the way in which they interact with other students, perform group exercises and have one on one interviews with the principal or a vice – principal.

Year 11 Entry

There is no entrance exam.

Boys must submit an application giving evidence for academic and co-curricular achievements and a personal statement outlining reasons for wanting to join Melbourne High School.  They also send a copy of their current mid-year report. Some are chosen for interview. We offer application assistance and interview preparation to give your child the best opportunity to obtain a place at the school.