How To Enter James Ruse In Year 7 | Schools Guide

In this article, we explain the application process for students wishing to enter James Ruse Agricultural High School in Year 7.

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Want to know how to get into James Ruse? In this article, we outline the application process for students wanting to enter James Ruse in Year 7.


Entrance requirements and application process for James Ruse Agricultural High School

Up to 120 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.

While a school’s entry score is not directly linked to their HSC performance, James Ruse has consistently had one of the highest entry scores to match their state-topping HSC performance.

YearMinimum entry score

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What is the Selective School Test?

The Selective School test is the standardised test that all NSW Selective School applicants sit. It is designed to challenge even the most gifted of students to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to flourish at a Selective School. Keep in mind that less than one-third of applicants are successful in gaining a place to a selective school, and a much smaller portion is admitted into James Ruse.

What is being tested?

There are four components to the Selective School Test:

  1. Reading
  2. Mathematical Reasoning
  3. Thinking skills
  4. Writing

Unsure how to prepare? Check out our Selective Schools Guide for explanations of the different sections, sample questions and tips on how to best prepare for the exam.

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Key information you need to know about applying

To sit the test in March 2021, you can apply online between 13th October 2020 to 17th November 2020.

To register your child, here are the important steps you need to follow:

  1. Fill out the application form online.
  2. Choose up to 3 Selective Schools ranked according to your preference.
  3. Submit the form.
  4. Check your email for a confirmation.

For students wishing to enter a Selective School in 2022, here are some key dates to keep in mind:



13 October: Online Application opens for entry into Selective Schools in 2022
17 November: Application closes
4 December: Principals provide school assessment scores for entry in 2022


25 February: Letter sent to parents regarding test location and further information
Thursday 11 March: Test Date for entry to Year 7 in 2022
18 March: Illness/misadventure requests due
25 April: Last day to change Selective School choices for entry in 2022
2 July: Release of results
9 July: Appeals due
Mid-July: Due date to accept/reject offers


Mid-January: Welcome letter from school for applicants enrolling in Year 7 in 2022

The dates for 2023 applications will be released in the second half of 2021.

More information can be found here in our Selective School Guide.

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