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 […]

# The Hard Part in the Selective School Tests and Scholarship Exams is Problem Solving, It’s Not the Curriculum!

Parent: “What part of the school curriculum is important for this test?” and “Do you follow the school curriculum?” Me: “The curriculum isn’t particularly important in this test” and “No”. These are questions that I’ve been getting frequently as parents start organising coaching or tuition for their children in preparation of the selective school and […]

# 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 […]

# Getting into Brisbane State High School after Not Passing the First Round

I wanted to share with you great news – one of our students who went through the online course after not getting accepted into Brisbane State High School in the first round of the Academic test (students sit this exam in Grade 5) got an offer in Grade 6. Here is her mother’s happy response after she got accepted. […]

# This Girl Got into MacRob – A Selective School…So What’s Her Secret?

I received this email from the family of a girl who went through our online courses to prepare for the MacRob. What’s the secret of her getting into MacRob? Did she prepare years in advance? Nope. Did she cram and not do anything else? Nope. Actually, there’s no secret. Just a whole bunch […]

# How this Child Got a Spot at Perth Modern School

In the next four blog posts, I’m going to go into the qualities and work the following four children did in order to be offered a spot at their idea selective school. This post will focus on Perth Modern School. Here’s fantastic feedback I got from a parent of one of the children that when […]

# What’s the difference between maths and mathematical thinking?

In some selective school and scholarship tests they may test mathematics and then also mathematical reasoning. In general, and from experience with these tests, mathematics is just the knowledge of formulas and whether you are up to date in the knowledge of mathematics that the curriculum for your child’s year level prescribes. For example, if […]

# 11+ Sample Question 10 with Answer – Cloze Questions and Fill in the Blanks

Cloze questions are my favourite type of question because you can easily get quick marks for them and it reminds me of primary school activities when you used to find the missing letter. Cloze questions are common in the 11+ CEM test so we’ll go through one here and show you the approach to answer […]

# 11+ Sample Long Maths Question 9 with Detailed Step-by-Step Solution

Here’s a practice question in long maths with detailed step-by-step solution. Long maths is in the CEM 11+ exam, but mathematics questions like the one below appear in selective school exams and scholarship exams too. Let’s go through it. A flight to Japan costs £300 for an adult one way and for a child, it’s […]

# 11 Plus (11+) Sample Question 7 with Answer – Word Rearrangement in Verbal Reasoning

Here’s a sample practice question and solution for verbal reasoning. Rearrange the words to make the longest sentence that you can. Write down the remaining word was not used in your sentence. To a of keelhauled change was be but The delinquent captain had pressure the heart So how do we deal with this? Follow […]

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