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The NSW Selective High School Placement Test has been designed to allow students to demonstrate their abilities across a range of areas, including reading, mathematical reasoning, thinking skills and writing.

The NSW Department of Education announced a new format for the NSW Selective High School Placement Test starting from 2021. The NSW Selective High School Placement Test consists of four sections as described in the official NSW Selective High School Placement Test web site from The NSW Department of Education as well as in the following sections.

The reading test consists of 30 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are based on a diverse range of texts and assess a range of reading skills. The reading test questions are based on different genres such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, magazine articles and reports.

The mathematical reasoning test consists of 35 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice. The mathematical reasoning test assesses the student’s ability to apply mathematical understanding and knowledge to problems, with questions drawn from a range of mathematical content areas. Calculators are not used in the mathematical reasoning test.

The thinking skills test consists of 40 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice. The thinking skills test assesses the student’s ability in critical thinking and problem solving. There are a range of different question types in the test. No previous knowledge is required for this test.

The writing test consists of a topic about which students must write according to the instructions. Students have 30 minutes to complete the test. The test assesses the student’s creativity of ideas and ability to write effectively for a purpose and audience. The test will also assess grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. Students who do not address the topic in their writing, regardless of fluency or creativity, will receive low marks.

The NSW Selective High School Placement Test practice test papers indicate the types of questions to expect from the NSW Selective High School Placement Test but are not the questions that will be asked on test day.

**Reading**

Reading sample questions (PDF 476KB)

Reading sample answer sheet (PDF 663.5KB)

Reading sample answers (PDF 52KB)

Explanation of answers - Reading (PDF 521KB)

**Mathematical reasoning**

Mathematical reasoning sample questions (PDF 1.15MB)

Mathematical reasoning sample answer sheet (PDF 651KB)

Mathematical reasoning sample answers (PDF 85KB)

Explanation of answers - Mathematical reasoning (PDF 997KB)

**Thinking skills**

Thinking skills sample questions (PDF 3.54MB)

Thinking skills sample answer sheet (PDF 641KB)

Thinking skills sample answers (PDF 83KB)

Explanation of answers - Thinking skills (PDF 641KB)

**Writing**

**Reading**

Reading practice test questions (PDF 1413KB)

Reading practice test answer sheet (PDF 67KB)

Reading practice test answers (PDF 85KB)

**Mathematical reasoning**

Maths practice test questions (PDF 1.91MB)

Maths practice test answer sheet (PDF 67KB)

Maths practice test answers (PDF 87KB)

**Thinking skills**

Thinking practice test questions (PDF 3MB)

Thinking practice test answer sheet (PDF 67KB)

Thinking practice test answers (PDF 85KB)

**Writing**

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