Who writes the exams for each school?

The majority of schools hire external companies to conduct their exams. There are a number of companies who write the entrance and scholarship exams for schools (with the exception of Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School). For details regarding who conducts each schools exam, examination dates and enrolment details, please contact the following organisations:

  • The Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER)
  • Academic Assessment Services (AAS)
  • Edutest™
  • Department of Education and Training for the Selective Entry Schools

Entry Level & Examinations

The main entry intakes are at Years 5, 7 & 9. There are some exceptions to this, so please check with each individual school you are interested in. Success is determined primarily by student performance in a formal examination. Scholarship and entrance exams are designed to be more difficult than any test the student completes at school. The reason for this, is that the examination body must distribute the results from the students achieving the very highest scores, in order to identify the top performing students.

  • The busiest period for scholarship exams is during February and March, for entry the following year. In recent years there has been a shift towards schools holding their exams earlier, in October and November (16 months prior to the year of entry).
  • Examinations for entry into Victorian government schools at Year 7, are usually held in April or May, but this is subject to change.
  • Examinations for entry into Melbourne High School, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School, are usually held in June.
  • The John Monash Science School entrance exam for Year 9 Entry is usually held in June.

Some schools may also request an interview after the examination process has been completed. This gives the Principal a chance to meet with your child to explore their educational needs and interests. As part of the interview process, you may be required to submit an application letter, or portfolio. Should you and your child find yourselves in this position, Hendersons provides a service that will assist you and your child with your preparation.

We must emphasise that it is the independent responsibility of each family to contact the school of their choice to confirm exam dates and lodge the relevant application forms.

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