Should your child prepare for the Victorian selective schools exam? Watch the video to find out.
“We are very happy with the entire service provided by Spectrum. The fact that our son was able to take in so much in a relatively short period of time, from subject matter, examination tips and study preparation. He was successful in his aim to gain entry into his choice of school and now has the best opportunity to achieve his goals in life. We believe it was his time with Spectrum Tuition which made the difference and we are very grateful for all they did for Daniel.” – Daniel Rogers, Parent.
At Spectrum Tuition, we are passionate about preparing students for competitive exams. We believe that every student should be given the opportunity to perform at their best in order to improve their chances of securing one of these highly sought after positions at their chosen school.
Selective exams differ greatly from school work. Despite the popular view that students ‘cannot prepare for the tests’, we have found that this cannot be further from the truth. Often, the questions that appear on the actual exam assess material one or two years ahead of the school curriculum, so if your child solely relies on the knowledge learnt at school, they will be at a significant disadvantage.
Students will be facing six tests including:
- mathematical reasoning (60 questions in 30 minutes)
- numerical reasoning (50 questions in 30 minutes)
- verbal reasoning (60 questions in 30 minutes)
- reading comprehension (50 questions in 30 minutes)
- creative response (15 minutes)
- analytical response (15 minutes)
Learning concepts and being familiar with the different types of questions that are likely to come up, as well as practising good test taking techniques will put your child in a much better position to gain entrance into their preferred school. Many schools do not have the materials, time and resources to teach students to write full, well thought out essays within 15 minutes, let alone specific techniques on how to approach very complex reasoning, mathematics and reading comprehension questions in a very limited timeframe. These skills are very specific to the exam and we have spent many years developing a program and accompanying materials to improve your child’s chances of success.
Click here to listen to Episode 3 of the Spectrum Tuition Podcast: Talking Selective Schools And Scholarship Preparation With An Existing Spectrum Tuition Parent
Due to the extremely challenging nature of these exams, we recommend that you give your child ample time to prepare. If your child will be sitting a scholarship or selective exam when they are in Grade 6, our 40-week program starts at the beginning of Term 2. If your child will be sitting the selective schools’ entrance exam when they are Year 8, our 40-week program starts at the beginning of Term 3. We have the following options to help your child get the preparation they need to improve their chances of success:
1. Weekend classes
This is generally the best option to give your child every chance of achieving success. Through weekly classes, we will teach your child the actual steps on how to answer specific questions that are highly likely to come up on the exams. We take students through a carefully designed course, building up confidence and knowledge through worked examples on the board, practice questions to complete, the opportunity to ask questions and receiving detailed feedback via our online tracker: www.myspectrumtuition.com.
We provide carefully designed regular cumulative exams to test students’ knowledge from the beginning of the course up to that point to allow your child to continually revise and consolidate what they’ve learnt to increase the likelihood of remembering concepts taught – even from the beginning of the course. Enrolment in our selective preparation courses will familiarise students with types of questions likely to come up on the exam. We currently have 5 campuses located in Melbourne: Footscray, St Albans, Hoppers Crossing, Keysborough and Oakleigh.
2. Correspondence courses
This is a useful way to catch up on missed work in the event of late enrolment or if you cannot attend classes at our campuses in Melbourne. Our course books used in classes will be available to purchase containing explanations, worked examples and practice questions. You will be assigned a dedicated person to personally correct your work and provide you with written feedback on how to improve. Correspondence courses come with 10 email support questions to follow up on feedback or to clarify any concepts presented in the course materials, as well as basic answers for each question.
Prices are as follows:
|Year Level||One Subject||Two Subjects|
|Year 11 – 12||$400||$600|
|Selective & Scholarship||$500||$750|
Each package includes:
- Course books for 1 term (10 booklets);
- Personalised correction;
- Delivery of booklets; and
- 10 email support questions per subject.
Completed booklets may be scanned & emailed back for correction and feedback or sent back via our included self-addressed envelopes.
3. Private tutoring
One on one tutoring to teach and consolidate knowledge required for the exams.
4. Exam packs
This is recommended after the majority of topics have been introduced so students can begin to focus on their timing.
Our exam packages will cover the widest range of questions in a very short timeframe to familiarise your child with the format and level of difficulty. Our advanced packages will contain FULL worked solutions for each question so your child will understand why they answered specific questions incorrectly.
Here’s what a parent whose child successfully gained entry into a selective school had to say about our exam packs:
“Selective entrance exams are very competitive and providing the ability for kids to do more practice in timed conditions simulating the exam pattern is the best gift we can give to our children. Spectrum has complemented this and made it easy for kids to practice the exam at home. The books cover all the aspects of the exam pattern and the detail answers help the kids to develop fast and innovative techniques for performing the best. These books are a must for anyone preparing for the selective school exams and will surely increase your childrens’ chance of success”
– Srinivas, parent.
Click HERE to purchase exam packs or call 1800 668 177 for free to find out which exam pack is right for your child.
5. ‘Learn it quickly’ essay writing books
We specifically designed these writing books to help students who are anxious about the writing component of any selective entry or scholarship exam that requires a narrative and persuasive essay to be written under strict time constraints. We GUARANTEE your child will be more confident approaching the writing components and learn innovative techniques to produce winning essays after working through these practical guides.
6. Mock exams
Our simulated exam is designed to provide you with feedback and guidance on what it’s like to sit the Selective Schools Entrance Test. It’ll also highlight areas you still need to work on before the big day.
If you want to be prepared for the real exam this is the program for you. Prepare for the Selective Schools Test by sitting a simulated exam – real time constraints, real exam conditions and relevant questions.Receive answers and advice during a 3-hour feedback session from our team of expert tutors.
We also have an online mock exam that you can simulate in the comfort of your own home. This package includes: a full length mock exam, an answer booklet containing FULLY worked solutions for each question, sample analytical and creative essays based on the prompts and over 2.5 hours of videos of our mock exam workshop. These videos are presented by our co-founder and selective schools exam expert, Thuy Pham. During the workshop, Thuy runs you through major areas of difficulty and common problems students encountered during the mock exam providing you with a general overview of each area covered.
Our Recommended Timeline
The following timeline outlines the recommended options available to help your child get prepared, depending on where they are in the preparation cycle.
Other options: students who can’t attend weekend classes may consider our correspondence course or private tutoring.
Other options: Our correspondence course can be useful in catching up on missed work in the event of late enrolment.
Other options: use private tutoring to address any areas of concern.