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 […]

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 […]

How to Ace Written Expression in Scholarship Tests in 2017

Private school scholarship testing season is about to start (February – March) and in scholarship tests, written expression tests how well your child can write: based on a specific genre – usually persuasive/argumentative writing or creative/narratives), in a very short time frame – usually 20-25 minutes for Year 7 scholarships) and, to a specific prompt […]

Scholarship & Selective School Written Expression Examples (Plus 5 Steps to Get Your Writing to this Standard)

In Writing & Reading Club (a weekly writing and reading improvement program), we score essays and provide feedback. Often, people don’t know what high-scoring written expression looks like so that’s what we’re going to show you. Here are 3 top written expression essays we collected that would rank highly in the selective and scholarship exams […]

Why your child should NOT use “talking marks” or “speech” in scholarship and selective school written expression tests

Does your child write using a lot of speech?  Speech is when you put something into “speech marks” and it shows that someone is saying something. I see this kind of writing when children start preparations for their selective school or scholarship test.  In fact, sometimes I read whole stories that are practically written in […]

Students Used These 3 Ingredients To Get Better Writing Scores in IELTS, Selective Schools, Scholarship Exams and NAPLAN…

What are the 3 ingredients to better writing for your exams – NAPLAN, Selective Schools and Scholarships and IELTS? No. It’s not grammar and spelling exercises. It’s practice, modeling after good essays and review. Everything we do in writing club.   I want to show you the proof upfront and here it is:     In […]

Selective School & Scholarship Written Expression Test: 3 Things You Must Avoid Doing!

The Vic Selective School Test is coming up soon on 18 June 2016! This is the main entrance exam to gain entry into the four selective high schools in Victoria being MacRobertson Girls’ High School (MacRob), Melbourne High School (Melb High / Mel High), Suzanne Cory and Nossal. There are two writing tests (creative writing […]

5 Time-Busting Tips for Your Child’s Selective School and Scholarship Exams

Selective school and scholarship exams have demanding time limits! Around the 15 – 25 minute mark for a writing piece and around 30 – 40 minutes for a multiple choice test such as mathematics and reading comprehension.  These restrictive time limits mean that when your child is monitoring how much time they’re spending on each […]

5 Tips on Writing a Persuasive/Argumentative Piece for a Selective School/Scholarship Test

In this post, we’ll go through our top 3 entries for the writing competition and go through what was done well and what needed improvement. I’ll collect them into 5 tips below for how to write a competitive writing piece for the selective and scholarship exams. I’ll also announce the winner of our writing competition […]