Selective Entry Unit


Thank you for your patience while the Department of Education and Training has worked with the Department of Health to safely deliver the 2021 Selective Entry High School exam.This letter confirms that the exam will take place on 13 and 14 November 2021 at the Melbourne Showgrounds, subject to the appropriate health approvals.

The health and safety of applicants is our priority. To support this, there will be several changes to the examination conditions this year. Further information about these conditions, including infection mitigation measures, will be provided to all applicants in their candidate letters in early November. The candidate letters will also include the allocated sitting date and time for each applicant. The examination settings will maximise spacing and reduce mixing amongst students from different schools.


Getting vaccinated is the best way students can protect themselves, their family and their school community from outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19. If they haven’t already done so, students sitting the SEHS exam are strongly encouraged to book in for their first dose or second dose before the exam. However, it is recommended students don’t get vaccinated on the day of an exam, or the day before an exam, to avoid common but mild side-effects such as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, fever and chills and/or joint pain during the exam.

Students and parents can book and/or change a vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre through the website, or through the Coronavirus hotline by phoning 1800 675 398. To find a vaccination centre and opening times, visit the website.

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at a state vaccination clinic, a Commonwealth vaccination centre, or through a GP clinic, pharmacy or community health service. You can book your appointment online or by calling the vaccine provider nearest to you. For information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit


All applicants retain the right to withdraw from the Selective Entry High School examination process. The deadline to withdraw has been extended to Wednesday 27 October 2021. Please indicate your request to withdraw by email to the Selective Entry Unit at


  • The writing subtest has been removed to reduce the required time to complete the selection and offers process.
  • Students who are sitting the examination remotely or are already scheduled to sit the examination at an alternate date based on special arrangements requested at the time of application, can continue to do so. This date will be adjusted in line with the revised date of the main exam.
  • Please email the Selective Entry Unit at if you change your mobile phone number or your email address.
  • If special arrangements are required to support students with an underlying health condition, please contact the Selective Entry Unit at or (03) 9014 1400.

The Department appreciates your patience and understanding in these challenging times and is committed to supporting you throughout this process.

Yours sincerely

Selective Entry Unit

Department of Education and Training