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Curious about getting into Sydney Boys High School? In this article, we discuss the entrance requirements for Sydney Boys.

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Curious about what it takes to get into Sydney Boys? In this article, we discuss the entrance requirements for Sydney Boys High School so you can make an informed decision about applying to one of Sydney’s best performing High Schools.


How hard is it to get into Sydney Boys?

To get into Sydney Boys, you will need to meet their high standards for admission. Most places at Sydney Boys are filled in Year 7 with the Selective Schools Admission Test.

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Sample questions for the NSW Selective School Admissions Test can be found on the Education NSW website


Sydney Boys has one of the highest minimum entrance scores out of all selective High Schools in NSW. The cut-off entry scores for the past 5 years are in the table below:

YearMinimum Score out of 300

Data for the minimum admission cutoffs for selective schools can be found, here. In past years, less than 1 out of 3 applicants have been accepted into a selective school and even fewer are accepted into Sydney Boys.

Sydney Boys accepts a small number of students transferring in from other schools in Years 8, 9 and 11. The entrance requirements remain high, as the school strongly supports a well-rounded education in terms of academics, sports and co-curricular.


Entrance requirements for Sydney Boys High School

There are differing requirements and process for entering Sydney Boys at different stages. Let’s took a look at them.

Year 7

Up to 180 students are admitted in year 7 via the Selective High School Placement Test conducted in March every year. In order to be considered for entry in year 7, students must apply in November of year 5 and sit the Selective High School Placement Test the following year when they are in year 6.

You’ll find more detailed information about this process in the next part of this Guide, applying to Sydney Boys for Year 7 admission.


Years 8, 9 and 11

Students can also enter the school in years 8, 9 and 11 with a direct application to the school.

Students are rarely accepted in Year 8 as there a very few disenrolments from Sydney Boys. Note that the school does not accept enrolments into year 10 and 12.

To gain entry into years 8, 9 or 11, applicants will need to submit a written application directly to the school. If they are short-listed, the school will invite applicants to sit a Placement Test and attend an interview that will determine their final rankings for admission into the school.

For more information about the application process, read part 3 of this Guide, applying to Sydney Boys in years 8-11.

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