Writing Test in Selective schools & Scholarships – Good Vocabulary & Spelling is NOT ENOUGH [Case Study]

I want to tell you the story about Anna [name has been changed to protect privacy]. Like many students who sit a selective or scholarship school test, she did well at school – she was even in the accelerated program! So… she went into the very hard selective school test with a false sense of […]

6 Steps on How to Teach Your Child to Write an A+ Story and Learn English at the Same Time (Includes 10 Creative Writing Prompts)

Writing creative stories is one of the easiest and simplest ways for your child to learn English (and start building their essay writing skills). Why? Because it means your child not only learns English vocabulary but that they learn to use vocabulary in a sentence. Learning words or vocabulary is one thing – knowing when […]

5 Boxes to Tick to Make Sure Your Child Aces NAPLAN Persuasive Writing (With Examples for Year 7)

Practice makes a better writer and with it, your child will ace the Year 7 NAPLAN Persuasive Writing section! Strong persuasive writing skills will pave the road to success beyond the exam. We’ll review five key points to improve skills and close with a list to help your child practice. Along with that, we’ll review […]

2 Past Sample Persuasive Writing Prompts for Selective School Entrance Test – Part 1 of 2

The writing test or written expression in a selective entry test is arguably one of the hardest parts of a multi-part test that generally examines reasoning (verbal, numerical), reading and maths. The writing test appears under the following select entry exams: Victorian selective school entrance exam for Melbourne High, MacRob, Suzanne Cory and Nossal or, […]

IELTS Writing Task 1 Preparation – Checklist to Write Clear Sentences (with Samples)

The IELTS General Writing task 1 is generally designed to test letter writing skills. A clear and effective writing style will help you earn a score of 6, shows competency, and opens opportunities for studying abroad. This article will highlight five key areas and offer a mental checklist for IELTS preparation. You’ll walk in confident […]

1 Crucial Strategy Your Child Needs to Know for Each of the 7 Tests in Scholarships and Selective School Exams

I do a lot of tutoring for selective school and scholarship tests and our online course packages that cover abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, reading comprehension, maths, creative (narrative writing) and argumentative (persuasive writing) has helped over 1,700 students. But there’s always one thing that sticks out in terms of an overall strategy or tactic for each […]

5 Common Q&A on Written Expression for Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests

In this blog post, I answer 5 common questions that students and parents ask about preparing for the written expression or writing task of the selective schools test and/or scholarship tests. The 5 questions are: How does my child prepare for written expression specifically for Academic Assessment Services, ACER and Edutest Written Expression? Will their criteria differ? How […]

General Ability Test – Beware ‘fake’ figures, check direction and figures aren’t always unique

General ability tests are notoriously difficult (especially those by ACER—one of the main scholarship and selective school exam writers). In this post, I’ll run you through two questions and the things your child should learn from them. Question 1     Question 2     Got the answer? Let’s go through it… With question 1, […]

One Word Makes a Huge Difference In Written Expression (NAPLAN, Selective Tests & Scholarship Tests)

I correct and give feedback to a lot of written expression pieces. Many of the creative writing and argumentative writing pieces are done by students vying for a coveted spot in a selective school or sitting an exam to obtain a hard-to-get scholarship offer. This is one sentence I read recently (and was written by […]

Scholarship Test Areas Your Child Must Ace with Practice Questions & Solutions

Sitting a scholarship test, as many would agree is the most dreaded part of a scholarship application. The exam is hugely competitive with strict time limits in place—as little as 25 minutes is given to write a full essay. Moreover, to be successful in a scholarship test, your child cannot excel in just one area […]