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Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) - Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program for independent schools 

The Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) is an annual program of scholarship testing used by approximately 150 independent schools across Australia to select academically gifted students for the award of a scholarship. 

The test is held on one day, and is a cooperative test, meaning that candidates can register with more than one CSTP school, but they sit the test once only. 

Candidates register for this test through the school or schools of their choice. In the case of multiple registrations, candidates list the schools in order of preference. They sit the test on the scheduled date and the results are then reported to each school for which they have registered. Candidates should register directly with schools. 

ACER does not handle registrations for the CSTP 

ACER produces the tests, supplies them to schools, marks the test papers and reports the results to schools. Individual schools offer a scholarship based on their registered candidate list.  ACER does NOT report scholarship results directly to candidates. 

For 2015 Test Date - Go to ACER for Exam Tips, Sample questions and Test structure information 

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to young people in public education, their families and teachers. 

The Foundation works in collaboration with schools, communities, business and government to help students achieve their full potential at public schools, while enhancing the value and reputation of public school education. 

PEF supports students with particular educational needs. PEF operates from a simple principle that there many young people in public education who could achieve more in a range of fields if they were given a little help. There are just as many people who would like to help but don’t know how. PEF’s job is to bring them together. 

Examples of PEF scholarship programs: 

  • Talented musicians to attend the Conservatorium High School.
  • Refugee children to finish years 11 and 12 or early tertiary study.
  • Retain female students in year 11 and 12 science courses.
  • Increase attendance and graduation rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Fund programs to decrease the isolation experienced by young people in remote areas.

Find out how to apply or how to donate to the Public Education Foundation


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