Admission


High School Admission Requirements

Students can study in either public or private school sectors. Public high schools have excellent facilities and reputable education programs. Plus Education aim to place students in public schools that offer quality education programs. Private high schools also offer quality state-of-the-art education programs and facilities. However, private schools do require tuition fees and in return the student is provided with a more personalised study environment as well as a larger variety of extra-curricular activities.

Students who enter primary and high school (either public or private) may be exempt from providing English language evidence, however, previous academic records are required.




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Public

High School Admission Requirements

To apply to study at a Government public high school, the student must apply for admission through the relevant State Education Department.  Each State has a different department and a different set of admission requirements. Please see specific admission requirements below.

Admission Documentation Requirements  for entry into Public High Schools

Documentation Required

  • Academic Records
  • English Evidence (if applicable)
  • Passport photo
  • Passport

English Language Requirements

Primary school students are exempt from providing English language evidence.

High school students are required to demonstrate a certain level of English language ability for admission purposes.  The student will need to provide evidence of having studied English as part of their curriculum in their home country (usually at least 2 years) and have achieved good results in English in school reports.

If the student has not studied English, then one of the following must be completed:

  • Intensive English Program in an Australia government school
  • An approved Intensive English course through TAFE or a private college
  • Minimum IELTS test score of 5.0 for Years 7-10 or 5.5 for Year 11 and 12 or equivalent results in another approved English test (TOEFL, STEP Eiken etc.)

Students with limited English proficiency are given the opportunity to complete a High School Preparation course (or intensive English language course) prior to commencing enrolment in a high school. These intensive English language programs are designed to facilitate English vocabulary and conversation proficiency to the appropriate level for a high school student in Australia.  Students are placed in classes of up to 16 and according to their English proficiency.  The focus of teaching is on the development of English language skills. Centres are usually co-located with schools, making the transition to mainstream schooling seamless. Once in the mainstream, students are supported with instruction from specialists in English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

Once the student has completed an intensive English language course successfully, the results/completion certificate can be used to apply for admission to the high school (thus negating the requirements to supply an IELTS or other English test result).

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Private

High School Admission Requirements

Entry requirements vary from school to school throughout Australia. The selection involves consideration of the student’s academic record from their home country along with other factors, which may include:

  • Sporting achievement
  • Music achievement
  • Artistic achievement

Admission Documentation Requirements for entry into Private High Schools

Documentation Required

  • Academic Records
  • English Evidence (if applicable)
  • Passport photo
  • Passport

Entrance Assessment Test Requirements

Some private schools also require an entrance assessment test to be completed and an interview conducted as part of the admission process. Students are asked to complete English tasks (including dictation, comprehension and creative writing) and Mathematics (Number, Patterns and Algebra, Measurement and Data, Space and Geometry) including basic operations and problem-solving. If successful, the student may receive an offer for admission into the school. If unsuccessful, the student may complete the test again at a later date.

This is usually provided through the Australian Educational Assessment Services (AEAS) assessment centres located in Australia or in the student’s home country. The private school will specify if this test is required.

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AEAS test centres

  • For citizens of Brunei– testing can be arranged in Negara
  • For citizens of Iran- testing can be arranged in Tehran
  • For citizens of the United Arab Emirates – testing can be arranged in specific areas
  • For all other countries, we will liaise on your behalf to arrange the appropriate test location

The AEAS test result will determine if the student can enter their specific grade or if they will require an English language class prior to entry.  

Plus Education will provide assistance for all students who need to complete this test by arranging the appropriate test date and location in the students country of residence.

English Language Requirements

Primary school students are usually exempt from providing English language evidence.

High school students are required to demonstrate a certain level of English language ability for admission purposes.  If English is not the student’s first language, it is common for private schools to administer an English test to determine level of language ability.

If the student has not studied English (or has limited English ability), then one of the following must be completed:

  • Intensive English Program in an Australia private school
  • An approved Intensive English course through TAFE or a private college
  • Minimum IELTS test score of 5.0 for Years 7-10 or 5.5 for Year 11 and 12 or equivalent results in another approved English test (TOEFL, STEP Eiken etc.)

Private schools catering to international students usually have their own intensive English programs, making the transition to mainstream schooling seamless. These programs are designed to facilitate English vocabulary and conversation proficiency to the appropriate level for a high school student in Australia.  Students are placed in classes according to their English proficiency.  The focus of teaching is on the development of English language skills.  Once the child has successfully passed the required English requirements, English support will still be provided throughout their time at the school. 

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