The process of preparing for the Victorian Selective Schools exam can be daunting. Firstly, students are required to sit a gruelling 3 hour exam which will test students on concepts beyond the Year 8 curriculum. After passing to a high enough standard, students may find themselves just missing out due to the 5% rule.
What is the 5% rule?
The maximum number of students admitted to the four selective schools from any one school must not exceed 5% of that school's year 8 enrolment. For example, if there are 100 students in year 8 at a school, then no more than a total of five may be selected, even though more students may have reached the required academic threshold.
What does this mean for you?
For students who missed out due to their exam performance, approximately 5 percent of students will be offered a place at the principal's discretion based on their co-curricular activities, community service and leadership skills.