All students who wish to gain entry to The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School must undertake an entrance examination in June of the year preceding enrolment and be an Australian citizen or have Permanent Residency status.
The Victorian Department of Education and Training Select Entry Unit is responsible for the whole entrance examination, enrolment process and and the allocation of offers for Year 9 2022 entry into the four selective entry high schools in Victoria.
The Department of Education Selective Entry Information Pack available here: www.education.vic.gov.au
An information package will be sent via email to all applicants in the week before the entrance examination. Student identification numbers, transport and venue information and tips for taking the entrance examination will be included. The primary source of contact and correspondence by both the DET and The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School will be through email. Applicants are advised not to provide a Hotmail email address.
Should the applicant happen to undergo a family crisis, illness or injury which would prevent them from undertaking the entrance examination, the DET Select Entry Unit must be contacted before the commencement of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, a doctor's certificate must be produced in support of the applicant.
The Entrance Examination
The Entrance Examination for Year 9 2022 will be held on Saturday 19 June 2021 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington.
Students in the second year of secondary education at government or non-government schools, who are either Australian citizens or who have Permanent Resident status are eligible to sit the Entrance Examination.
While the examination is based on the areas of English and Mathematics, the student's potential and ability to reason are assessed rather than the emphasis on knowledge of the curriculum.Students will be examined in the following areas:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Numerical Reasoning
- Persuasive or Creative Writing
- Reading Comprehension
Past exam papers or practice questions are not supplied by the school. The examination is prepared by an educational psychologist who is employed by the DET on behalf of the following select entry schools: The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne High School, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School.
The English component of the examination requires students to undertake a Persuasive or Creative writing task in addition to Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension tasks which are both in a multiple choice format. There are two numeracy-based multiple choice sections, Numerical Reasoning and Mathematics.
The examination is constructed to allow all students to demonstrate their intellectual capacity rather than curriculum mastery.
How Students Are Selected
85% on score and rank order of an acceptable standard after the Entrance Examination10% allocated through Equity Consideration (see DET Information Pack)
5% through the Principal's Discretionary Category
All students MUST undertake the entrance examination
Victorian government policy allows for a maximum of 5% of students in Year 8 from any one school to be accepted into a Select Entry High School based solely on the examination each year. For example: if there are 200 Year 8 students enrolled at a particular secondary school, a maximum of 10 students (5% of 200 = 10) from that school can be offered a place across the four Selective Entry High Schools.
This means 10 students between The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne High School, Nossal High School or Suzanne Cory High School, not 10 students at each school. For each Select Entry High School, 85% of the Year 9 enrolment will be filled in this manner. The 5% Rule does not apply to students who are offered a place based on Equity Consideration or Principal's Discretion and the number of places available (i.e. places are offered until all 1,010 are allocated.
The Cut-Off Mark
The Principal's Discretionary Category
The Principal's Discretionary Category places are offered after the Entrance Examination. Students will be invited to apply for a Principal's Discretionary Category place. Students will be advised by the DET Select Entry Unit if they have been invited to apply for PDC
The process involves selecting 15 students through application, short listing and interview. These places are not subject to the 5% Rule. The Principal's decision is final and not subject to appeal.
Year 10 and 11 Vacancies
There are a very few vacancies for Years 10 & 11, these are not known until late in the year. The number of vacancies for enrolment for Year 10 in 2022 will be conditional on any vacancies that may occur within the Year 9 cohort of the previous year. There is no guarantee that there will be any vacancies.
Vacancies and subsequent interviews to fill these vacancies may not be completed until well into Term 4.
The school does not offer enrolment at Year 12.
Entry Requirements For Year 10 and 11
There is an Entrance Examination for these levels. The examination will be held at The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School on Tuesday 8 June 2021 for entry to the school in 2022. Candidates will receive information relating to commencement times, what to bring to the examination and maps, by email,one week prior to the examination.
At all of these levels students are asked to submit evidence of academic and co-curricular involvement and achievement. Applications will be considered and a short list of candidates will be interviewed by a school panel. While it is preferable that applicants for Year 10 to study one of the four languages offered at the school (French, German, Indonesian and Japanese), it is not mandatory for students entering Year 10 in 2022 and selection will not be based on language choice. Offers of places at Year 11 depend on vacancies occurring in particular subjects: there may be several places available in some subjects, but none in others
Important Note for Year 10 and 11 Entry
School zone: As a selective entry government school The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School is not zoned.
Entry is gained via an examination and interview.