Confused about how they calculate the score for the Selective Test? Read our tips and tricks to find out how you can maximise your points!
A lot of parents aren’t sure about the calculation of entry scores for Selective Schools. In this article, we will explain how the process works.
Note: The scoring details for the new test for selective school placement in 2022 has not been confirmed. They will be released here and we will update you when this occurs.
See below for how entry scores were calculated for placement in 2021 and prior.
The most important thing to know regarding how the score is calculated is that it’s all about your child’s ranking. The maximum score a student can get is 300 although this is extremely rare. The top score is usually around 280/300. To get into James Ruse in 2020 for example, a student needed to achieve a minimum score of 246/300.
Here is an example of what a student who made it to James Ruse in 2018 might have scored in each component of their assessments:
|Sample Student from James Ruse||Scaled school assessment score||Scaled test mark||Total|
|GA||No School Score||83/100||83/100|
Note that if your child is the only one from their school who will sit the Selective Test, 100% of their entry score is based on the Selective Test and their school marks will NOT be used. We will explain why further below.
Your child’s teacher will provide a score out of 100 for English and Maths, usually based on how your child performed in Years 4 and 5.
Now, you may think this is an unfair calculation.
What if a teacher is overly generous or what if a teacher is a bit more conservative with giving a high score? Well, the scores are adjusted through a process of moderation according to how the students did during the Selective School Test.
Here’s an example of how the Maths score is calculated in a school where:
|Sample Students||Raw School Mark for Maths||Scaled School Mark for Maths||Raw Test Mark for Maths||Scaled Test Mark for Maths||Total Mark for Maths|
|Sansa||96 (Top 16%)||79||24/40 (Top 16%)||72||75.5|
|Jon||83 (Average Score)||65||17/40 (Average Mark)||60||62.5|
|Cercei||70 (Bottom 16%)||51||10/40 (Bottom 16%)||48||49.5|
Keep in mind that the above candidates are only examples. Their score may be adjusted upon the selection committee’s discretion based on criteria such as:
As you may have noticed from the above table, the mark used for the final test score is NOT the raw mark.
Rather, the scaled mark is used which is based solely on ranking. The average student will receive a score of 60/100. If a student wished to score 84/100 (average score to get into James Ruse), they would need to be in the top 5%.
The way the entry scores for Selective Schools are calculated can be very confusing. However, here are the main takeaways on how you can best increase your child’s final score:
So what happens if my child doesn’t make it to a Selective School first go? Well, if they are still determined to get into their dream school, they can try again in Years 7-11 for entry into Years 8-12. Read our next section to find out more!
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