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 […]

Reading List Over 10 Weeks for Selective School or Scholarship Test Preparation for Year 7 Entry

Reading is a fantastic way to: Build up vocabulary – which helps you for verbal reasoning (part of general ability), reading comprehension and written expression. Model after excellent writing – regular reading of novels by your son and daughter will help them understand and experience first-hand what great writing looks like so that they can […]

Private Schools in Sydney and NSW Offering Scholarships & What’s Tested

There are a number of private schools in Sydney and the NSW area that offer scholarship to students. Scholarship offer students monetary reward (through the reduction of school fees) but it also benefits the school too because by attracting bright students, the results of the schools are more favourable to parents and therefore, it enhances […]

Who prepares selective school and scholarship papers and what are their styles (ACER, Edutest, Academic Assessment Services) like?

There are 3 major selective school and scholarship test preparers in Australia being ACER, Edutest and Academic Assessment Services.  Each of these test paper preparers/creators are detailed below along with what they test in their test papers. (1) ACER aka Australian Council for Educational Research They are one of the largest test paper preparers and […]

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 […]

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 […]