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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When & How Should My Child Start Preparing for Selective Tests or Scholarship Exams?

Selective tests such as the Victorian Selective Schools Test, NSW High School Placement Test (HSPT), WA GATE and Brisbane State High School Placement Test and scholarship exams are super competitive so it’s a good idea to have a timeframe of when and how to start preparing your child to sit one of these tests. Below […]

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 […]

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 […]