Application guidelines

Registrations are open for entry into Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs for 2023. Register your interest here Application guidelines provide in-depth information on the selection process for the Department of Education’s It includes essential information such as:
  • criteria for entry;
  • enrolment policy;
  • selective entrance test;
  • selective entrance test exemption (arts only);
  • cost;
  • registration/application process;
  • placement process;
  • boarding facilities;
  • scholarships;
  • sample/previous papers;
  • withdrawal from programs; and
  • frequently asked questions.
Download this information here. If you have any questions please contact the Gifted and Talented branch or phone 9264 4307. APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY IN 2022 HAVE CLOSED. Children with academic ability and creative talent thrive in our Gifted and Talented Programs. These unique academic, arts and languages programs provide a challenging curriculum designed to bring out the very best in students. Available at 18 select secondary schools, including a fully selective academic school, an arts college, an online option and a regional school, children learn alongside like-minded peers and are taught by teachers with expert skills and knowledge. Your child can apply for these programs no matter where you live in Western Australia and, once selected, are guaranteed places at these schools. Successful country applicants may be eligible to board at City Beach Residential College and receive the Gifted and Talented Boarding Allowance. The Gifted and Talented Selection Unit hold information sessions regarding the application, selection and placement processes. To find out the dates and locations of the information sessions and to submit an online application, please visit Alternatively, you can contact the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit on 9264 4307 or by email at All Gifted and Talented Program applicants must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test coordinated by the Department of Education regardless of what program they are applying for. The test includes individual assessments in the areas of mathematics and science, language, writing and non-verbal reasoning. Offers of placement cannot be considered if this academic test is not completed.  A child with a learning disability may apply for a Selective Entrance Test Exemption (Arts Only) by requesting an application form from the Gifted and Talented branch. Children are then required to participate in workshops, auditions, and interviews. Shortlisted applicants are required to participate in an interview and to submit school reports. Music applicants: An applicant for the Gifted and Talented Music Program must nominate one or two musical instruments that they currently play. Applicants cannot be selected for piano/keyboard. Applicants who only play piano will be tested on the piano but will be expected to learn a second instrument once accepted into the program. An applicant who currently plays piano and a second instrument will be tested on the second instrument. Singing (voice) is an instrument and can be nominated. Piano students can enter through the percussion stream.

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