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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

How to Answer 4 Commons Types of Reading Comprehension Questions (With Reading Strategies)

If you think that studying for a reading comprehension test is similar to studying for a maths test – you’re wrong! Reading skills are very different from mathematics skills so “How do you study for a reading comprehension test EXACTLY?” You can’t really study in the form of “cramming” for a reading comprehension test because […]

2 Verbal Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Sample Questions with Detailed Solution – Christmas Themed

Here are two practice verbal reasoning questions that you can do while on school holidays (and in the lead up to Christmas).  Verbal reasoning questions are common in nearly all selective school tests or scholarship exams so it’s a good way to get a little practice for your upcoming test. Here are the questions (below […]

Mathematics Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Practice Question with Detailed Solution – Santa Style!

Here’s a mathematics practice question with a detailed solution you can do: If Santa had 1 billion presents to deliver within a 24 hour period on Christmas Eve of last year and this year, he had 2% more presents to deliver, how many Christmas presents would he need to deliver this year? a. 20,000,000   […]

Numerical Reasoning Selective School/Scholarship Practice Question with Detailed Solution – Christmas Theme

Because Christmas is fast approaching, we’re going to do Christmas themed practice questions.  There’s four: Numerical reasoning – 1 practice question Mathematics – 1 practice questions Verbal reasoning – 2 practice questions Let’s start with the numerical reasoning practice question: If the number of toy dolls is double that of the number of toy trucks […]