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Selective Schools Test Information
The NSW Selective High Schools Test will be held on the 15/3/2012. The exams consist of four test papers covering four different areas: Reading Comprehension, General Ability, Mathematics and Written Expression. All sections except Written Expression are in multiple choice format.
Part 1 - Reading Comprehension or ‘English Language’ (40 min)This section is included in all NSW Selective Schools and Scholarship tests. The student is required to read a series of different texts of various types and answer questions to show how well they understood them. Generally, there is only one question per text and 40 questions in total. In some cases there can be questions relating to more than one text.
Part 2 - General Ability Test (40 min)This tests your reasoning skills – how well you can think through problems. This part of the test varies from year to year but as a guide there can be up to 60 questions in a 40 minute period. The questions are a mixture of literacy and numeracy questions focusing on verbal and non verbal reasoning skills. A good background in reading and writing is essential to this section.
Part 3 - Mathematics (40 min)This part consists of around 40 questions. Remember calculators, geometric equipment and rulers are not allowed. Questions cover Numbers, Data, Measurement, Patterns and Algebra. There will be room for working on the booklet.
Part 4 - Written expression (20 min)In this part students can be asked to write one or two pieces of creative writing based on a stimulus (words or pictures). Typically 20 minutes is allocated for each piece of writing. There is no set length for the pieces but it is recomended that they be about one and a half pages or 200-250 words.
1. Use your time wisely! Don’t spend too much time on any one question.
2. There is not much “study” that can be done for these tests. The best way to prepare is to find past papers or similar questions to do.
3. If you have some time to spare, go over your answers.
Students are encouraged to book further lessons to preprare for their selective schools exam.