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 […]

Principal’s Discretionary Category Application Form MacRob, Melb High Help!

Congratulations if you’ve been offered an application to the principal’s discretionary category for a selective school!  They’re very hard to get into and to be offered one means you’ve done well in the exam and may have been offered a spot in another selective school.  If you haven’t been offered one but am interested in future […]

Approach to Writing an Argumentative Piece in Under 15 Minutes for Entrance Exams

Writing an essay or writing piece in exam conditions almost always has a time constraints.  The time constraints for the following exams are: Victorian Selective School (Melbourne High, MacRob, Suzanne Cory and Nossal) is 15 minutes for each writing piece – there are 2 types being creative and persuasive. NSW Selective High School Placement Test […]