I often get asked by parents whether their child should be doing anything to prepare for an upcoming test. Whatever the test is, whether it is the NAPLAN, VCE exams, a Scholarship exam, a Selective Schools entrance test, or even the weekly spelling test, my answer is always the same:

“Yes, of course.”

Check out my top 4 reasons why test preparation is vital for every student and for every test. So, what are you waiting for? Go!

1. A Test is Never Pointless

There is no such thing as a pointless test. Even if the results are not directly important to your child’s future, preparing for and sitting a test is a great way to build experience, gain confidence and consolidate knowledge. Preparing for a difficult test, such as the NAPLAN tests or the Scholarship and Selective tests doesn’t just help you succeed on test day, it also teaches students a variety of skills that they can apply in their day-to-day education.

2. Test Taking is a Learned Skill

Every skill takes practice. A professional athlete will train for months or even years before an event, a musician will practice for hours each night before a big performance, so how can you expect your child to perform well on a test without preparation? What’s more, studying hard for a test doesn’t just make you better at taking a test, it also makes you better at studying. A student who conscientiously prepares for every test they take throughout their education is far more likely to have the test-preparation skills required to succeed in VCE.

3. Good Performance Has Many Rewards

This is an obvious one. Performing well on a test can bring amazing rewards. Obviously, high VCE scores can open a range of possibilities for your child’s future; a high score on a Scholarship or Selective Schools test will allow your child to have access to a high quality education at a fraction of the price. Isn’t that worth preparing for? Less dramatically, high scores on the NAPLAN and on regular school tests and exams may boost your child’s confidence, show their teachers their true potential, open access to advanced programs and even determine whether or not your child will get into the high school of their choice. These things are definitely worth studying for.

4. Lots of Other Student are Already Preparing!

If you are thinking about preparing your child for a test, that means that someone else has already started preparing. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our website for more information on preparing for Selective Schools entrance tests, Scholarship exams, VCE exams and the NAPLAN test. You can also check out some sample exams for the Scholarship and Selective test.