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Academic Selective Entry

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


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 Academic Selective Entry Applications.

Students undertaking the test are required to provide a completed Photo Identification Form (PDF, 153KB), upon registration at the test venue. 

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Tests can only be undertaken on the dates listed below:

  • Year 6, 2023 for Year 7, 2024 Academic Selective Entry – Sunday 26 March 2023
  • Year 5, 2023 for Year 7, 2025 Academic Selective Entry – TBC​

Year 7, 2024 Selective Entry Enrolment Information Session

Information Session for Parents/Guardians of Students in Year 7, 2024 for Selective Entry only.

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Date: Monday 6 February 2023
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Venue: Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
Entry via M3 Gate, Merivale Street
Registration: Click here to register your attendance.



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

Refer to the Enrolment Timelines (PDF, 99.7KB) ​ for online application opening and closing dates.​​


Year 7, 2025 Selective Entry Enrolment Information Session​

An information session date for parents and guardians of students enrolling in Year 7, 2024 via the Academic Selective Entry program will be confirmed in 2023.

Year 6 process for Year 7, 2024


Applications open: Friday 10 February 2023

Applications close: Friday 10 March 2023

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

  • complete the Selective Entry Online Application Form (applications close on Friday 10 March 2023)​
  • submit school reports for previous three semesters
  • submit Year 5 NAPLAN report
  • complete the Photo Identification Form (PDF, 153KB) - must be presented with the Year 6 student for registration at the test venue
  • sit the Academic Selective Entry test on Sunday 26 March 2023 and be ranked above the cut-off
  • demonstrate continued excellence in academia, effort and behaviour. 
Year 7, 2024​ enrolment application due dates and test date are listed in Enrolment Timelines (PDF, 99.7KB).

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HAST Information for Year 7, 2024

The Higher Ability Selection Test - Secondary (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.

Information sourced from https://www.acer.org/au.

Year 5 process for Year 7, 2025

Applications open: mid-2023​

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

  • ​complete the Selective Entry Online Application Form
  • submit school reports for previous three semesters
  • submit Year 5 NAPLAN report (when it becomes available) via email: bshsenrolments@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au​
  • complete the Photo Identification Form (PDF, 153KB) - must be presented with the Year 5 student for registration at the test venue​
  • sit the Academic Selective Entry test and be ranked above the cut-off
  • demonstrate successful participation in the Aspiring Minds Program in Year 6
  • demonstrate continued excellence in academia, effort and behaviour.

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HAST-P Information for Year 7, 2025

The Higher Ability Selection Test - Primary (HAST-P)  provides an opportunity for Year 5 students wishing to apply for the Academic Selective Entry Program for entry into Year 7 2025.

Information sourced from https://www.acer.org/au/hast-primary

Achievement level for Year 8 - 11 entry

Applications open: Monday 31 July 2023

Applications close: Friday 8 September 2023

Entry to the school through the Academic Selective Entry category for Year 8 -11 is very limited and heavily oversubscribed for 2024.

Applications for Year 8 - 11 will only be accepted for students who have achieved: 

  • Straight A's on school reports and high level reporting information.

Application process:

  • complete the online application form 
  • submit school reports for previous three semesters
  • submit most recent NAPLAN report 
  • submit results of academic competitions and achievements.  

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

All places for Selective Entry in Years 8 –11 are subject to availability.​​

Enrolment application due dates are listed in Year 8 - 11 Enrolment Timelines (PDF, 39.7KB).


Merit Entry Equity Bursary – 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 non-refundable Processing Fee of $420.00 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 available for Academic Selective Entry in 2023. 

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 – Academic Test

Closing Date for Bursary Applications

Test Day

Year 6, 2023 for Year 7, 2024

Friday 3 March 2023

Sunday 26 March 2023

Year 5, 2022 for Year 7, 2025

Friday 25 August 2023

Sunday 22 October 20223

To prepare the bursary application for submission, please download the 2022 Merit Entry Equity Bursary application form (available in 2023).

Contact admin@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au for Merit Entry Equity Enquiries.

Submitting your application

1. Before you apply

Before you start the application, please ensure that you have reviewed the following​ information:

2. Completing an application​

  • Year 7 2024: complete the Selective Entry Online Application Form.​​

  • Year 7 2025 and Years 8 - 11 2024: complete the online application form.

  • submit the required documents.

3. Payment​​

The Processing Fee is required to be paid via an app called Qkr! 

  • download Qkr! for free from Apple's app store for iPhones (iPads to download iPhone version) or from Google Play for Android phones and tablets.​

  •  refer to the Qkr! Guide

  • enter your child's current year level (for e.g. Year 6  2022) when adding a student profile in Qkr!​

  • submit evidence of payment with the online application form.

​​Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.​​​

4. Submitting your application​

Enrolment application packages must include copies of the relevant supporting documentation along with the submission of the online application form. Evidence of the Processing Fee payment is required to be submitted with lodgement of an application.​ 

If required, original documents will be sighted​ by our Enrolment Office at a later date (to be advised).

Online submission: Applications for Academic Selective Entry are required to be submitted online. 

For further information regarding Academic Selective Entry enrolment, please contact the Enrolment Office.​


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Last reviewed 24 January 2023
Last updated 24 January 2023