FAQs

How do I apply to sit the ACER Scholarship Test?
How do I edit details from my child's scholarship application?
Are non-Australian residents/passport holders eligible to apply for a scholarship?
If I apply to more than one school will I need to sit more than one test?
What if my chosen school is testing on a different date?
What if two schools have tests on the same non-cooperative date? Can I sit for both schools?
Will the cooperative schools I apply to know about the other cooperative schools I have also applied to?
How much does it cost to apply?
When is the deadline for applying to a school?
Can I take the test at the nearest school in my neighbourhood? What if I live a long way from the school?
What is the process if I live a long way from the school and would like to sit the test at a different test centre?
My family is living overseas. Can my child sit the test in our current location?
How can I prepare for the test?
Can I purchase past papers or sample questions?
Which practice materials should I purchase?
What is the difference between the practice materials?
I have purchased an online practice test. How do I access it?
I have purchased a downloadable PDF practice test. How do I access it?
How do I find out about the results?
How do I find out about whether my child has been offered a scholarship?
My child has an injury or disability. How can I request special arrangements for sitting the test?
What is the process if I dispute my child's test results?

 

How do I apply to sit the ACER Scholarship Test? 
To apply for a test you need to create a Parent Account in the ACER Scholarship Test online system and then complete an application for your child for each school.
Check the individual school/s website before applying online. Some schools may require additional information or have extra forms to fill out. It is your responsibility to check whether you have met a school's requirements before making an application.

How do I edit details from my child's scholarship application? 
To edit any details in your account (for example your address), your child's details or your school application, login to your Parent Account in the ACER Scholarship Test online system.
You will create your own Password when you create your Parent Account. Your Username is the email address you registered with.
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this at the Login page of the ACER Scholarship Test online system. You can edit your application by clicking the green 'Edit' button next to the application on your Dashboard.

Are non-Australian residents/passport holders eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Each school decides which candidates are eligible to apply for their test.  Please check with the individual school prior to applying if you are a non-Australian resident/passport holder.

If I apply to more than one school will I need to sit more than one test? 
If all schools that you are applying for are testing on the cooperative date, then your child will only need to sit the test at one school, and the results will be sent to all schools applied for.  However, if your chosen schools have different test dates then each of these schools will be using a different test, and your child will need to sit the test at each school on their nominated date. Scores cannot be shared amongst schools when they are not part of a cooperative program.  Click on the Participating Schools link on the left to check if a school is using the cooperative program or testing on an alternative date.

What if my chosen school is testing on a different date? 
If your chosen schools have different test dates then each of these schools will be using a different test, and your child will need to sit the test at each school on their nominated date. Scores cannot be shared amongst schools when they are not using the cooperative program.  Click on the Participating Schools link on the left to check if a school is using the cooperative program or testing on an alternative date.

What if two schools have tests on the same non-cooperative date? Can I sit for both schools? 
No, you will need to choose one school which you sit for. Schools who do not use the cooperative program are 'stand alone' schools who do not share results with other schools. Please note that this does not apply to the cooperative schools - you may then apply to more than one of these schools and only sit the test at one school. If in doubt, check with the schools you are interested in.

Will the cooperative schools I apply to know about my other cooperative school applications?
Yes, all the cooperative schools you apply to will have information about your other cooperative school applications and your preference order. If you have applied to multiple Alternative Date schools then those schools will not be aware of any other applications you have made.

How much does it cost to apply? 
Each school sets their own application fee. You must pay a separate fee for each school that you apply for. Details are available on the school websites.

When is the deadline for applying to a school?
Cooperative schools' applications will close at 11:30pm CDT Thursday 18 January 2018 (ACEP SA schools only), midnight AEDT on Monday 5 February 2018 (NSW, QLD and Vic schools) and 10pm ASWT Thursday 22 February 2018 (WA schools).  There will be NO late applications taken by ACER.

For schools not testing on the cooperative date, these schools determine their deadline for applications. You need to go to the school website and find out that closing date. You must abide by the school's deadline, as no late applications will be accepted.

Can I take the test at the nearest school in my neighbourhood?  What if I live a long way from the school? 
For the cooperative schools' test, your child must sit at your 1st preference school. If you live over 200 kms away your child can sit the test at a participating school, Cooperative ACER Test Centre or Non-ACER Test Centre. Please contact scholarships@acer.org for further information.

For alternative date schools, you must sit the test at each school you have registered with. However, some schools offer the option to sit at a Non-ACER Test Centre if more than 200kms from the school - parents should check with the school.

What is the process if I live a long way from the school and would like to sit the test at a different test centre?
On the cooperative test date, if you live more than 200kms from your 1st preference school, your child can sit at another participating school, or at an ACER Test Centre (24 February 2018 only). Please contact scholarships@acer.org for further information about ACER Test Centres. 
Parents should select the appropriate ACER centre as their Test Venue during the online application process.  A surcharge applies for overseas test centres which is payable during the online application.

If you live more than 200kms from a participating school or ACER Test Centre, you can organise a Non-ACER Test Centre.  Parents should select 'Non-ACER Test Centre' as their Test Venue during the online application process.  Parents will need to source a supervisor for the test (must be a registered teacher, experienced exam invigilator or church minister) as well as an appropriate venue (local school, library, hall, etc).  ACER will email you shortly after receiving your application with further details.

A surcharge applies for candidates sitting at a Non-ACER Test Centre within Australia, and for all sittings overseas - please contact ACER for details.

Please note that requests for Non-ACER Test Centres must be made AT LEAST 4 weeks prior to the test date for all schools.

My family is living overseas.  Can my child sit the test in our current location?
On the 24 February 2018 cooperative test date, your child can sit the test at an ACER Test Centre overseas (London, UK or Dubai, UAE).  Alternatively, your child can sit the test at a Non-ACER Test Centre (see information above).
Parents should select the appropriate ACER or Non-ACER Test Centre as their Test Venue during the online application process.  A surcharge applies for overseas test centres - please contact ACER for details.

For selected alternative date schools (you will need to check with the individual school) you can organise a Non-ACER Test Centre.  Parents should select 'Non-ACER Test Centre' in the Test Venue field during the online application process.  Parents will need to source a supervisor for the test (must be a registered teacher, experienced exam invigilator or church minister) as well as an appropriate venue (local school, library, hall, etc).  ACER will email you further details upon recipt of your application.  A surcharge applies for candidates sitting at a Non-ACER Test Centre within Australia or overseas - please contact ACER for details.

Please note that requests for Non-ACER Test Centres must be made AT LEAST 4 weeks prior to the test date for all schools.

How can I prepare for the test?
Click on the Preparing for the Test link to the left. The preparation materials will give you examples of the types of questions that will be asked.

The materials are not designed to be part of an intensive drill before the test. The tests you will take are designed to reveal your thinking skills and abilities not your detailed knowledge of subjects. The questions may ask you to analyse, interpret, comprehend, or draw conclusions from information presented. 

In the Written Expression tests you may respond to the topic in any way you feel is most appropriate, perhaps a story or a persuasive piece. You need to organise your ideas and express yourself clearly and succinctly. The amount you write isn't as important as the thoughts you express and how you express them. Take a couple of minutes to carefully plan your piece before you start writing.

These skills are learned over your lifetime both in and out of school so short term training for the tests is unlikely to improve performance. Your best preparation is to read widely and think critically.

Can I purchase past papers or sample questions?
Click on the Preparing for the Test link to the left.  There are online and downloadable preparation materials available for purchase.  There are no past papers available for purchase.

Which practice materials should I purchase?

Primary (children entering Grade 4, 5 or 6):
There is one practice test available­.
ACER Primary Scholarship Practice Test: available in online format. 

Level 1 (children entering Year 7 or 8):
There are two different practice tests available.
Online Practice Test: Level 1: available in online format only. The content is different to all other practice tests.
Scholarship and Select Entry Tests Practice Questions: available in online format or as a PDF booklet that you can download and print. The content is the same between formats so only purchase one format. The content of this practice test is different to all other practice tests.

Level  2 (children entering Year 9 or 10):
There are two practice tests available.
Online Practice Test: Level 2: available in online format only. The content is different to all other practice tests.
Scholarship and Select Entry Tests Practice Questions for entry in Years 9 and 10: available as a PDF booklet that you can download and print. The content of this practice test is different to all other practice tests.

Level 3 (children entering Year 11 or 12):
There are two practice tests available.
Online Practice Test: Level 3: available in online format only. The content is different to all other practice tests.
Scholarship and Select Entry Tests Practice Questions for entry in Years 11 and 12: available as a PDF booklet that you can download and print. The content of this practice test is different to all other practice tests.

What is the difference between the practice materials? 
The materials are similar in content, but the questions are not the same. The format of the questions, the subtests covered and the levels are the same. You can purchase the Scholarship and Select Entry Tests Practice Questions booklet and the online test and not double up on questions. However please note that Scholarship and Select Entry Tests Practice Questions for Entry in Year 7 and 8 is available in both online and downloadable PDF format so only purchase one format of this practice tests.
The Online Practice Test questions must be completed online - they cannot be printed.

I have purchased an online practice test. How do I access it?

Login to your parent account. Click on the green Practice Materials tab and then the View Test link on the right hand side of the screen. Note that the online practice tests cannot be downloaded and must be completed onscreen.

I have purchased a downloadable PDF practice test. How do I access it?

Login to your parent account. Click on the green Practice Materials tab and then the Download link on the right hand side of the screen. You can then print this booklet.

How do I find out about the results?
ACER will provide your results to the school(s) you've applied to. For Alternative Date schools your child's results may be available online approximately four to six weeks after the test date (depending on when the school would like them released) or the school may post the results directly to parents. For Cooperative schools results will be available online in early March 2018 (SA only), early April 2018 (Vic, NSW, Qld, WA).
On the day results are available, you will be sent a notification email from ACER and you will able to access the results online in your Parent Account.

How do I find out about whether my child has been offered a scholarship?
The school/s will contact parents whose child they would like to offer a scholarship. If you have not been contacted by the school/s, you can still access your child's results online as stated above.

My child has an injury or disability. How can I request special arrangements for sitting the test?
Under certain circumstances, and with supporting medical evidence, modified testing conditions may be arranged for applicants with injuries or disabilities. For example, test material can be provided for applicants with sight disabilities; and for applicants with arm or hand injuries, a scribe or computer may be permitted. Please first contact the school you have applied to (or for cooperative testing, the school where your child will be sitting the test) to alert them to the relevant issues and requirements. The school should then contact ACER for guidelines about the provision of modified testing conditions for applicants with disabilities. Parents must email requests and submit supporting medical evidence to ACER at least four weeks prior to the scheduled test date. Late submissions may not be accommodated. If approved, arrangements will be made between the school and ACER to provide the necessary accommodations for your child.

What is the process if I dispute my child's test results?

Please contact scholarships@acer.org for further information.