Performance Reports and Offers of Placement

Performance Reports and Offers of Placement

All children who sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET) receive a Performance Report. If your child also receives an Offer of Placement, you must respond to secure their place.

Performance Reports

All Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program applicants who sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET) receive a Performance Report.

In 2020, more than 5500 students in Years 6, 8, 9 and 10 completed the ASET.

The ASET is comprised of four individual tests, each one designed to assess different skills, strategies and higher-order thinking in a specific context, eg working scientifically, thinking mathematically or reading for analysis.

Test items are designed to be difficult and it is unlikely for any applicant to achieve the maximum score in any test. All test questions are trialled and evaluated to ensure their efficacy in identifying the most suitable students.

The ASET is vastly different from, and much more complex than, school-based assessments. NAPLAN provides specific measure of skill ability and cannot be compared to ASET results.

Your child will receive both an electronic and a hard-copy Performance Report.

The electronic report will be sent on Monday, 25 May. It will state the standard scores for each component, as well as your child’s Total Standard Score (TSS) which is the sum of the four components.

These scores are ‘standard scores’ determined by the ranking of your child’s score relative to others. They do not represent a percentage or percentile rank.

Placement into an Academic program is based on the TSS. In order for children to be considered for Academic programs only, they must score a minimum TSS of 210. However, due to high competition for specific schools or programs, the actual TSS required for entry is often higher.

To be considered for a Languages program, children need to achieve the minimum benchmark TSS. They may then be invited to interview.

Consideration for Arts selection is based partly on the ASET and partly on your child’s performance in other selection tasks.

The hard copy report will be sent to you by the end of June. It will show two graphs.

The first graph (blue) represents the total range of scores across all tested applicants for each of the four tests. Your child’s score for each test will be indicated in black with a corresponding arrow.

The second graph (green) represents the range of Total Standard Scores (TSS). Placement into an Academic program is based on this score.

Your child’s TSS is calculated by adding the standard score for each of the four tests together. Your child’s score will be indicated in black with a corresponding arrow.

To help you gain an understanding of your child’s likelihood for placement in Year 7 2021, you can compare your child’s TSS with the minimum entrance scores that resulted in placement in previous years. 

It is important to remember that as the pool of applicants changes each year, previous scores should be used as a guide only and not as a guarantee for placement.

Note:

  • This table should be applied to the Year 7 intake only. Scores for older years will vary as they depend on a much smaller amount of available vacancies.
Program 2016 score 2017 score 2018 score 2019 score
Bunbury Senior High School 210.62 210.00 210.00 210.00
Bob Hawke College - - New in 2019 229.55
Carine Senior High School - - New in 2019 218.34
Comet Bay College 210.00 210.00 210.00 210.00
Duncraig Senior High School 216.98 222.30 229.47 219.73
Ellenbrook Secondary College - - - New in 2020
Fremantle College New in 2017 210.00 210.00 210.00
Governor Stirling Senior High School 210.00 210.00 210.00 210.00
Harrisdale Senior High School - - - New in 2020
Kelmscott Senior High School 210.43 210.00 210.00 210.00
Melville Senior High School 213.64 217.73 218.25 219.88
Perth Modern School 233.86 237.00 237.78 240.13
Shenton College 226.66 229.28 230.42 230.43
Willetton Senior High School 226.15 228.25 229.27 228.88
Selective Academic Program Online (country students only) 210.00 210.00 210.00 210.00

The following minimum TSS was required to qualify for a languages program interview. These applicants' TSS was combined with the interview score to rank the applicant for placement.

Program 2016 score 2017 score 2018 score 2019 score
Mount Lawley Senior High School 210.00 210.00 210.00 210.00
Rossmoyne Senior High School 220.00 220.00 220.00 225.00

 

Once you have received your child’s Performance Report, and before the first round of offers, you will have seven (7) days from the date on the letter to:

  • change your child’s preference order
  • reduce the amount of preferences
  • remove one or more preferences and exchange with another (limitations apply as below)
Preference change limitations
  • Arts preference additions can be made providing the child has undertaken the necessary testing.  For example, you will not be able to add the Drama program if the child has not gone through the Drama testing process.
  • Languages preference additions can be made up to 25 May 2020 for the first round of offers. As consideration for Languages requires the scheduling of an interview, preference additions after this point will be valid for the second round of offers only. The deadline for Languages preference additions for second round offers will be 12 June 2020 with no exceptions. 

Preference change requests must be made in writing to gtsu@education.wa.edu.au or by phone to 9264 4307.

Once you have received your child’s electronic performance report, and before the first round of offers, you will have seven (7) days from the date on the email to lodge a request for a re-mark of one or more of your child’s test components.

The process of appeal involves the hand-marking and analysis of the requested sections in the child’s original answer booklet by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER). 

Parents considering appeal should only do so if they genuinely believe an error has occurred in the marking of one or more of their child’s tests.

Parents will be notified as to the outcome of their appeal in writing. Any changes to scores that would have affected the first round of offers will be honoured in the second round.

Offers of Placement

Offers of Placement

After your child receives their academic Performance Report, they may receive an Offer of Placement. You must respond to the Offer of Placement to secure their place in a Gifted and Talented Program.

The first round of offers of placement for all programs (except Visual Arts) will be emailed to successful applicants on Monday 15 June 2020.

Round 1 offers of placement will remain Active for seven (7) working days. Parents/carers will have the following options to respond to their offer:

Accept Unconditional

Choosing Accept Unconditional in Round 1 means that the placement is locked in and no other offers of placement will be made, regardless of preference order.

Applicants who accept an offer of placement are bound to abide by the strict enrolment deadline that will be communicated to them by the school. Applicants who do not enrol by the deadline will be viewed as a Withdrawal, and the place will automatically be offered to the next ranking applicant.

Accept Conditional - Visual Arts

This option is for applicants who have Visual Arts as a higher preference and still wish to participate in the upcoming Visual Arts testing (time and place to be confirmed). It will allow applicants to Accept their current offer while the outcome of the Visual Arts placements is still unknown.

Once testing has taken place, offers for Visual Arts will be sent out. Applicants who receive an offer for Visual Arts, and who have conditionally accepted their earlier offer, will have the choice to:

  • Accept their new Visual Arts offer, or
  • keep their original one.

Applicants who Accept Conditional will not have to enrol at the school until the Visual Arts results are known. Visual Arts results are not expected to be known until after Round 2.

Decline

Choosing Decline means the applicant is no longer interested in the offered placement, and the preference will be removed from their application.

Applicants who decline an offer of placement that is not their first preference will automatically be considered for their higher preferences in Round 2.

Applicants who decline a first preference offer, with no indication they wish to change their preference order, will not be considered for any further offers of placement for 2021.

Applicants who Decline their offer and have Visual Arts as a higher preference will automatically be included in the upcoming Visual Arts testing (time and place to be confirmed).

Withdraw

Choosing Withdraw means the applicant is no longer interested in any of their preferences, and will not be considered for any future offers of placement for 2021.

Hold

Applicants can only use the Hold option in Round 1 if they have been offered a place that is not their first preference. Choosing Hold means the Round 1 offer will remain valid in Round 2.

An applicant who has put their Round 1 offer on Hold will be automatically considered for a higher preference offer in Round 2. If they are successful for a higher preference offer, their original Round 1 offer will be automatically passed to the next eligible candidate. If they are unsuccessful for a higher preference offer, their original Round 1 offer will be reissued.


Note: Confirmation of Placement emails will be sent out within ten (10) working days.

The second round of offers for all programs will be emailed to successful applicants at the end of June.  Round 2 will offer all the places that were not filled in Round 1, as well as any offers that are the result of an increase in score following the remark appeal process.

Round 2 offers will remain Active for seven (7) working days. There is no option to Hold a place in Round 2.

Parents/carers will have the following options to respond to their Round 2 offer of placement:

Accept - No Reserve List

Choosing this option means that the placement is locked in and no other offers of placement will be made, regardless of preference order.

Applicants who accept an offer of placement are bound to abide by the strict enrolment deadline that will be communicated to them by the school. Applicants who do not enrol by the deadline will be viewed as a Withdrawal, and the place will automatically be offered to the next ranking applicant.

Accept - Yes Reserve List

This option is for applicants who wish to accept an offer which is not their first preference, but would like to remain on a Reserve List for potential future vacancies until the end of the year.

This option is also for applicants who have Visual Arts as a higher preference and still wish to participate in the upcoming testing (place and time to be confirmed).

Applicants who take up this option (except those participating in Visual Arts testing) are still bound by the enrolment timeline that will be communicated to them by the school, and will lose their place if they fail to enrol by the deadline.

Decline

As with Round 1, choosing Decline means the applicant is no longer interested in that particular offer of placement, and the preference will be removed from their application.

Applicants who decline an offer of placement that is not their first preference will automatically be considered for Reserve Lists for their higher preferences.

Applicants who decline a first preference offer with no indication they wish to change their preference order will not be placed on any Reserve Lists for 2021.

Applicants who Decline their offer and have Visual Arts as a higher preference will automatically be included in the upcoming Visual Arts testing (time and place to be confirmed).

Withdraw

As with Round 1, choosing Withdraw means the applicant is no longer interested in any of their preferences. They will not be placed on any Reserve Lists, nor considered for any future offers of placement for 2021.


Note: Confirmation of Placement emails will be sent out within ten (10) working days.

Offers of placement come from the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit (GTSU), not individual schools. Responses to all offers must be made in writing to GTSU, not the relevant school. 

Parents/carers who do not respond to their offer of placement in writing to GTSU by the end of the seven working day deadline will be assumed to have Withdrawn from the process, and their offer will be issued to the next eligible applicant.

Applicants who do not qualify for an offer of placement in either Rounds 1 or 2 will be notified by email by the end of July.

Reserve Lists for all programs will remain active until 1 December 2020. Any places that become available between the end of Round 2 and this date will be offered to applicants next ranked on the Reserve List.

Offers of placement from the Reserve List will be made by phone, and parents/carers will typically have up to 48 hours to accept or decline the placement.

Applicants who did not receive an offer of placement in Rounds 1 or 2 will be automatically placed on a Reserve List if both:

  • the program is included in their preferences
  • they have attained the minimum requirement for consideration for the particular program.

Any places that remain unfilled at the close of the Reserve List will be put into the pool of vacancies for the next intake year. 

Note: The next entry point after Year 7 is Year 9, followed by Years 10 and 11. Applicants who are unsuccessful for their desired program are free to apply in subsequent intake years.

If your child is no longer able to take up the placement they have previously accepted, you must immediately notify both:

  • the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit (GTSU)
  • the relevant school.

This allows us to offer the placement to the next ranked applicant as soon as possible.