All students applying for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance programs must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET).

All students applying for:

  • academic programs are offered a place based on the results of the Academic Selective Entrance Testing (ASET) only
  • arts programs have to complete the ASET and an audition or workshop. Students may also be required to participate in an interview
  • language programs are placed on the results of the ASET and will also be required to participate in an interview.

The ASET is made up of 4 components:

  • reading comprehension
  • communicating ideas in writing
  • quantitative reasoning
  • abstract reasoning.

The following video guide is provided for students taking the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET).

Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET) - A guide for students

The tests are designed to identify students most suited for our Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance programs. They identify a student’s potential, rather than acquired knowledge. We do not endorse nor recommend any form of private professional coaching or tutoring services.

Sample tests

The Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET) Sample test is now available. The Sample ASET is aimed at the Year 7 intake, however can also be a useful tool for children applying for Years 9, 10 and 11.​​​​

The Sample ASET is broken up into its 4 components:

There is also a Sample answer booklet which is identical to the one children will use on the day, as well as the associated Sample ASET answer key.

The sample tests are provided as a guide to help applicants feel more comfortable with the test process as well as the:

  • format of the test
  • types of questions asked
  • what the answer sheet looks like.

Results of sample tests do not show how an applicant will score in the ASET and consideration will not be given for scores on sample tests or any other practice tests.

For the health and well-being of all participants, children who are unwell should not be brought to testing. The following may be considered reasons to request an alternate testing date or time.

Illness or misadventure leading up to the test

Parents of children who become ill or experience misadventure that will make them unable to sit the test on their scheduled date must contact GTSU on 9264 4307 prior to the test to discuss the potential for an alternate testing date. 

Requests for an alternate testing date based on illness/misadventure will be considered on a case-by case basis and must include supporting evidence.

Illness or misadventure on the morning of the test

Parents whose children are sick or otherwise unavoidably unable to attend on the day of testing, must email gtsu@education.wa.edu.au within 48 hours of the original testing date to request an alternative date where possible.  Evidence in the form of a medical certificate or appropriate alternative for the date in question must be supplied. Additional travel to an alternate venue may be required due to the tight timeframe and limited venues.

Pre-booked holidays or state-level sporting commitments

Reschedules may be considered for pre-booked holidays or state-level sporting commitments where appropriate evidence can be provided. Children approved for a reschedule on the basis of a state-level sporting commitment will be limited to one change of date, regardless of any potential conflict with additional similar commitments.

All reschedules are at the discretion of the GTSU and will be limited due to the scale of the testing and the limited testing time frame. Parents and carers are expected to plan in advance and reschedules will not be available for work conflicts, school camps/excursions/activities, non-state-level sporting events, participation in entertainment, personal preference or anything that is voluntary and/or avoidable.

A request for review based on sudden illness, incident or misadventure (including the misalignment of answers) can be made if there were unforeseen factors which occurred during the test which could have prevented the applicant from performing to the best of their ability. 

A parent who wishes to lodge a formal review based on illness, incident or misadventure will have seven days from their child’s testing date to lodge an Illness, Incident or Misadventure Review Request form and which will be available on the website from the start of formal testing.

Matters considered valid grounds to lodge a request include:

  • suspected misalignment of answers in the exam
  • test centre problems such as disruptions
  • unforeseen illness or injury occurring during the test
  • difficult family circumstances and/or bereavements in the immediate period leading up to the test where the impact could not be reasonably managed with a reschedule.

Matters which are not considered valid grounds to lodge a request include:

  • a known disability, illness or impairment for which a reschedule and/or Adjusted Testing Conditions could have been sought prior to the testing
  • lack of familiarity with the placement process, the English language, Australian culture and/or the WA education system
  • age or background of the student, lack of test preparation or failure of the child to complete one or more tests
  • anything voluntary and avoidable that stopped the child from sitting the test or doing his or her best in the test, such as participation in entertainment, sporting events, attendance at excursions, camps, or a holiday trip.

Misalignment reviews involve a rigorous examination of response patterns on a child’s answer sheet corresponding to the answer key in conjunction with the Lead Supervisor’s Report.  Misalignments usually occur when a child skips a question and puts the rest of their answers out of order on their answer sheet. Misalignment investigations are labour intensive and time critical and are undertaken by Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 

All other reviews will be conducted by an ASET Review Panel who will consider the evidence provided in conjunction with the Lead Supervisor’s Report. The outcome of all Illness, Incident or Misadventure Review Requests will be communicated to families prior to the release of ASET Performance Reports.

A review based on sudden illness, misadventure or suspected misalignment may or may not result in a change to a child’s scores and impact a current or future offer of placement.

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For more information about Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance programs, call 9264 4307 or email gtsu@education.wa.edu.au

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