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What is the Selective Test?

The Selective Test is a measure for students academic merit and critical thinking abilities. Your child's performance is measured out of 120. In order to attain placement into your desired school, your child must achieve the minimum entry score required.

The NSW Selective High School Placement Test for Year 7 entry consists of 3 multiple choice tests (Reading, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Reasoning) and a Writing task.

How much time left?

The Selective Test date:
4 May 2023.


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2. Increase confidence by providing students with the understanding of the test structure, time constraints and question types.

3. Regularly updated to prepare students for a higher level of reading, problem-solving and thinking skills.

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The best online learning device out there to help train my child's brain to the questions and time limits of the Selective High School test. In addition, NotesEdu’s thorough explanations helped my child learn through her mistakes, making it possible for her to achieve the score she did.
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Selective Test Categories

The Selective thinking skills test is crafted to analyse a student's problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills. The foundational topics include logical reasoning (~60% of questions), mathematical deduction (~25% of questions), and the remaining 15% of questions as spatial reasoning.                          
Thinking Skills Test Structure
Consists of 40 multiple questions with the time limit of 40 minutes.

The Selective reading comprehension component are multiple choice questions that measure your child's ability to inference and interpret meaning from a passage and then problem solve to find out the answer. Reading passages could range from poems, novel extracts, cartoons and articles.

Reading Test Structure
Consists of 30 multiple choice questions with the time limit of 40 minutes.

The Selective mathematics component are multiple choice questions that measure your child's ability to spontaneously use their mathematical skills such as mental maths and formula re-collection to find out the answer in the quickest and most accurate way possible. Topic areas include data interpretation, spatial awareness, measurements, number patterns, arithmetic, algebraic & geometric operations.

Mathematical Reasoning Test Structure
Consists of 35 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 40 minutes.

The writing test in Selective is an open response where students have to write either a creative, informative or persuasive text depending on the stimulus.

Writing Test Structure
Consists of a stimulus where students have to write a written response to a single prompt in a time frame of 30 minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

01. Common Questions

What is the Selective Test?

The Selective Test is a measure for students academic merit and critical thinking abilities.

Selective High Schools offer an extra challenge for academically gifted children and provide an environment with similarly talented students. To achieve placement in these Selective schools, a highly competitive exam is held every year in March for Year 6 Students.

The test consists of 3 multiple choice tests (Reading, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Reasoning) and a Writing task which would consist of a stimulus (either creative, informative or persuasive).

How do I apply for placement into a selective high school?

To apply for a Selective High School, there is an online application which the NSW Education Department offers. The application opens around Mid-October and closes Mid-November depending on when it is issued. NotesEdu will update the Selective page and send email reminders when the time comes to apply.

When is the Selective Test?

The Selective Test on 4 May 2023. The test is annually held in early May varying based on NSW's Education Department schedule. 

Where is the Selective Test held?

The Selective Test is held at the nearest High School depending on where you live and your child's current primary school. The location is sent aside with the confirmation details for your Selective Test by the Department of Education closer to the exam date. It is often the closest high school to your child's primary school.

02. Why go to a Selective High School?

What are the benefits of sending my child to a selective high school?

The benefit of sending your child to a Selective High School is that it provides a unique and stimulating academic experience. It achieves this through having children with a similar academic ability in an academically enriching environment.

This could include providing more challenging content for students to develop their skills and faster-paced learning processes, so your child remains intellectually stimulated.

Selective schools often have a higher percentage of Band 6 (top band) marks in the Higher School Certificate and higher ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) to determine university entry.

How many selective high schools are there in New South Wales?

There are 21 fully Selective High Schools, 4 Agricultural High Schools and 25 Partially Selective High Schools in New South Wales.

03. About Test & Structure

What is the Selective Placement Test Structure?

The Selective Test Placement Structure consists of 4 tests. Three multiple choice tests with 5 answer options for Thinking Skills (A,B,C,D, E) and four answer options for the rest.

The first test is Reading with 40 minutes to answer 30 questions.

The second test is Mathematical Reasoning with 40 minutes to answer 35 questions.

The third test is Thinking Skills with 40 minutes to answer 40 questions.

The last test is Writing with an Open Response and is 30 Minutes.

How difficult is the Selective Placement Test?

The Selective Test has been recently updated by Cambridge Assessment. The new structure focuses on problem solving, mathematical reasoning and thinking skills to better highlight students understanding of the topics. The test difficulty level aligns with high school content.

Additionally, as entry becomes more competitive, the questions will continually become unpredictable. Hence, NotesEdu's approach is to perfect a student's critical and analytical ability to have the intrinsic skill-set to approach any question.

Are NotesEdu practice tests similar to the Selective Test?

NotesEdu's Selective tests follow the exam-style questions and test format according to the examination conducting bodies (Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group) to simulate the actual test environment.

To align with the actual Selective test, we modify our questions and bring in more quality questions with the varying difficulty level. We often survey top students who have recently completed the Selective Test to understand changing trends and difficulty of questions asked.

04. How NotesEdu helps

What is the purpose of NotesEdu Online Tests?

NotesEdu's online tests challenge students' academic ability and intends to measure the level of knowledge gained in a particular concept. From this information, we empower students, parents and teachers to discover area for further improvement.

How do NotesEdu test results help parents?

NotesEdu test results provide valuable information to the parent about their child's performance and enables them in identifying the subject areas their child needs improvement.

Will NotesEdu practice tests improve my child's test scores?

Besides talent, the intense practise for an extended period makes a person an expert in their field. The differences in performance between top students and average marks is due to a notion known as "deliberate practice".

A student needs to be motivated to improve their performance and continuously put an effort to become better. Use your pre-existing knowledge and review your performance to know what went wrong and what needs improvement.

There are three reliable ways to improve your child's test scores:
1. Genuine improvements in the subject knowledge to improve your abilities.

2. Decrease anxiety, increased familiarity with format, and time management.

3. Practice tests that increase familiar with what to expect in the tests, for example,
questions types, and test format. Taking practice tests under time constraints similar to the live testing situation will best prepare the student for test-taking conditions and hence lower stress on exam-day.

The practice may not make you perfect, but it will certainly improve your abilities.

How does NotesEdu support students to make them exam ready?

We offer a range of time-bound tests that are modelled on past papers. Our test familiarises the students with the test format and questions types. NotesEdu's subscription offers unlimited access to a large bank of multiple-choice questions formatted similar to the Selective Test. We incorporate the exam-style questions that a student needs to build an in-depth knowledge for gaining a placement into their school of choice.

NotesEdu online tests will help you to identify your child current knowledge in reading/mathematical reasoning/thinking skills, their knowledge sets and capabilities for the examination. It also provides you with the opportunity to develop a baseline to work from and develop your child academic journey plan for consistently testing their knowledge and further developing their skills. The child scholarship examination is a family journey where you and your child can enjoy by being with each other until your child has taken the test.

I am disappointed with my score. What should I do?

If you are disappointed with your score, please do not give up or get sad about it.

It is usual for a score to fluctuate and differ between tests. Various factors may impact your performance, for example, your knowledge about the concept, concentration level, review of answers or even luck with guessing.

Take the low score as an opportunity to improve further. Focus on what you can do about it. After finishing NotesEdu's practice tests, review all questions to check what went wrong and how can you improve next time.

Remember: Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.

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