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 […]

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 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 […]

What’s the Average Score My Child Should be Achieving in the Selective School Practice Test?

The selective school test, regardless of what state you would be applying for (Victorian Selective School Test, NSW High School Placement Test, Brisbane State High School) is extremely competitive with usually a rate of acceptance of lower than 30% of all total applicants. When practicing for the test then, a common question is what should […]