- Is your child at the top of their class at school?
- Did your child perform above average on their NAPLAN test?
- Are you concerned that your child is being held back by the pace of their class?
- Does your child ever complain that their schoolwork is too easy?
- Is your child able to work hard on their homework without being nagged?
- Is your child constantly motivated to achieve?
- Will your child be commencing secondary school in 2019?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then your child may just be the perfect candidate for SEALP.
What is SEALP?
SEALP stands for Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program. SEALP is an initiative run by the Victorian Education Department to ensure that talented, gifted and motivated students are given the best possible chance to achieve excellent in their education. The program runs for years 7-10 and allows advanced students a chance to work at a more advanced pace and level. Student enrolled in SEALP usually complete the years 7-10 of their high school education in 3 years. This leaves them with more options for how they wish to complete their final VCE years. Some students finish their VCE in the next two years, while others use the extra year to complete a wider range of VCE and university extension subjects. In the end, this extra year will ultimately give students a far greater chance of achieving the high ATAR score that they deserve.
How do I get my child into a SEALP school?
Students that wish to be accepted SEALP usually have to sit a series of tests and interviews. Though the exact details vary from school to school, most school use testing companies, such as Edutest to provide their tests. These tests are designed to assess a range of abilities such as reading comprehension, mathematics skills, written expression, verbal and numerical reasoning. The tests usually run in May, so now is the time to sign your child up! Click here for a list of schools that run SEALP, as well as the dates for their exams.
What can we do to prepare?
As you can imagine, the entrance test for SEALP is extremely difficult; students are faced with tricky questions and strict time limits. What’s more, a lot of students are unfamiliar with the pressure that comes with sitting such a test. Fortunately, that’s where we come in. This April, we’re hosting a SEALP mock exam and feedback session. Students who sign up for our program will sit a full mock exam on Saturday the 14th of April, followed by a 5 hour feedback session on Sunday the 22nd of April. The feedback session will provide a comprehensive explanation of the most challenging types of questions, a breakdown of common mistakes, as well as some useful tips on essay writing and test taking. Click here to find out more!