While the selective school entrance exam is challenging for students, the following information will help you and your child prepare in advance.
Apps Open: Thursday 18 February 2021
Apps Close: Friday 14 May 2021.
Due to the changing restrictions, the most recent date for the examinations is Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September 2021.
The entrance exam is made up of both ability tests and achievement tests. There are five tests in total and the examination takes about three hours to complete. The exam is as follows:
15 minute break
Yes, practice tests are available here. These practice tests cover all the six test areas, including verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics, creative writing and persuasive writing. The practice test should take about three hours to complete.
Practice tests aside, here are some ways that you can help your child feel prepared and calm in advance of the exam:
It is not unusual for students to only answer half the questions correctly and many do not finish the tests. Remember, these tests are designed to determine high ability and high-achieving students. Also, the entrance tests are designed in such a way that not all students may finish all the questions, so you and your child should not panic if this is the case.
Students must bring photo ID to the exam, such as:
Offers for all four selective schools will be sent via email from mid August 2021. Late offers may continue until November 2021. Reports on your child’s performance will be sent in August 2021. All offers will contain instructions about how to accept by the closing date provided. Responses must be sent to the selective entry unit, not to individual schools.
Students may only sit the entry test in Year 8 once; however, each of the selective schools offer limited entry through vacant positions in Year 10 and 11. Testing dates are advertised on the individual school websites each year.