In this article, we explain the application process for students wishing to enter Penrith Selective High School in Year 7.
Trying to figure out how you can get into Penrith Selective High School? In this article, we outline the application process for students wanting to enter Penrith Selective High School in Year 7.
Up to 150 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.
Penrith High School has a high cut-off score; it is consistently in the top quarter of all Selective High Schools. Here are the cut-off marks for Penrith High School for the past 5 years:
|Year||Minimum entry score|
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 in a selective school, and a much smaller portion is admitted into Penrith High School.
There are four components to the Selective School Test:
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.
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:
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.