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Academic Selective Entry

​​​​​​​​​​​Brisbane State High School has a strong tradition of academic excellence. Entry to the school through the Academic Selective Entry category is limited and heavily oversubscribed​ each year.

Students are selected on the basis of an order of merit.

Before You Apply

Please read the following documents before commencing the enrolment application: 

Year 7 2020 Selective Entry Enrolment Information 

HAST Sample Question Booklet

The HAST Sample Question Booklet provides an opportunity for Year 6 students wishing to apply for the Academic Selective Entry test, to reflect on the types of skills required of the candidate but is not designed to teach candidates these skills. ACER has written this booklet to assist students become familiar with the style and content of the questions at the HAST Junior Secondary level.

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Applying for Academic Selective Entry

Students applying for Year 7 under this category of enrolment are required to sit the Academic Selective Entry​​ test. This test is used to spread and rank high-performing young students. Test results are the primary selection criterion for entry. In addition to the test results, students are required to demonstrate continued excellence in academic, behaviour and effort to remain eligible for Academic Selective Entry enrolment.

A non-refundable and non-transferable Processing Fee of $420.00 applies for all Selective Entry Applications.

Students undertaking the test are required to provide a completed Photo Identification For​m (PDF, 373 KB)​, upon registration at the test venue. 

Tests can only be undertaken on the dates listed on the Enrolment Timelines.

Year 5 process 

To gain ‘conditional entry’ into Brisbane State High School, applicants in Year 5 are required to: 

Year 6 process 

Current Year 6 students applying for Year 7 enrolment under Academic Selective Entry category are required to:

Years 8 to 12 process

Applicants for Years 8–12 must provide:

Submitting Your Application


Send your completed prospective student enrolment application package to:

Brisbane State High School
Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets​​​​
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Original documents included in the application can be returned by post if the application includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Brisbane State High School cannot accept any responsibility for documents sent by mail.

In person

You are welcome to lodge the completed application packages to the school administration office located on the Merivale Street Campus, between 8.00am and 3.30pm.​

For further information regarding Academic Selective Entry enrolment, please contact the Enrolments Office via or +61 7 3291 4111.

Merit Entry Equity Bursary 2019 - Selective Entry (Academic)

Brisbane State High School is a public school that is committed to providing opportunity for students.  For students who are out-of-catchment, this opportunity comes in the form of selected entry places.  Currently, there is a $420 enrolment processing fee associated with these places. 

We recognise that there are families who experience genuine hardship.  In cases of sustained hardship, this fee may prevent consideration of a select entry place.  We wish to consider all students who desire a place at Brisbane State High School under the category of Selective Entry - Academic and do not want this fee to be a barrier for those in genuine hardship. 

As a result, the School Council has endorsed a limited number of Merit Entry Equity Bursaries for Selective Entry - Academic in 2019. 

We invite families for whom this fee presents an insurmountable barrier to application, to submit interest in this bursary by the closing dates listed below:

​Selective Entry - Acacdemic Test​Closing Date for Bursary Applications​Selective Entry - Academic Test DayStatus   ​
​Current Year 6 for Year 7 2020
​Monday, 18 March 2019
​Sunday, 28 April 2019
Applications are now​closed
​Current Year 5 for Year 7 2021
Monday, ​9 September 2019
​Sunday, 13 October 2019
​Applications are now​closed

Please forward the completed application form and the additional required enrolment materials to

Click here for details and the Merit Entry Equity Bursary 2019 application form.