Victoria’s four selective entry high schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically high-achieving students in Years 9 to 12. Melbourne High School (boys only), The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School (girls only), Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School.
A centralised selection process, administered by the Department of Education and Training, is used to select students for the selective entry high schools at Year 9, with approximately 1,000 places offered in any year.
Students are selected based on a competitive examination. The examination includes five tests:
- verbal reasoning (multiple-choice, 30 minutes)
- numerical reasoning (multiple-choice, 30 minutes)
- persuasive or creative writing (writing task, 30 minutes plus 5 minutes planning time)
- reading comprehension (multiple-choice, 30 minutes)
- mathematics (multiple-choice, 30 minutes).
At selective entry high schools 85 per cent of students are accepted based on examination results only. Within this “standard” category, no more than 5 per cent of Year 8 students from any one school can be accepted across the four selective entry high schools.
This information pack outlines the processes used for student selection for Year 9 entry. Entry to Years 10 to 12 is handled directly by the schools. Further information is available on the individual school’s website. The availability of places at Years 10 to 12 and the selection process is at each school’s discretion.
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Excel Test Skills - Selective Schools and Scholarship Mathematics Tests Year 5–6 is a comprehensive study guide for the selective school and scholarship tests (usually undertaken in Year 6). The boo k contains hundreds of multiple choice questions based on the three major strands of maths – numeration, measurement and space – so students can prepare for exams with a minimum of stress and maximum results.
To help your child practise for the tests, this pack provides four tests in each:
Excel Revise in a Month - Year 6 Selective Schools Scholarship Tests:
Includes an introduction to the NSW Selective High Schools Test, the Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP), the Scholarship Selection Test (SST), the Australian Cooperative Entry Program (AC EP), and the EAA Placement Test.
Excel Test Skills - Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests Years 5–6 is a comprehensive study guide for the selective schools and scholarship tests (usually undertaken in Year 6). The book contains sections on all four types of tests – Maths, English, General Ability and Written Expression – so students can prepare for exams with a minimum of stress and maximum results.
Mathematics Tests for Selective Schools Years 5-8 This bestselling book contains 20 practice papers (all multiple choice questions) based on previous papers. Answers to all questions are included, as well as an outline of the solution for nearly all questions. These papers are ideal for those preparing to sit exams for entry into selective schools in NSW and Victoria, for entrance into independent schools throughout Australia and also for those sitting for scholarship exams.
Year 5 & 6 Scholarship Tests (SELECTIVE SCHOOls & scholarship examinations) We are aware that several books have already been published which aim at this very large and ever increasing market. The few publications available at this point in time usually consist solely of test papers containing a wide variety of typical scholarship multiple-choice questions. Practising on these papers is obviously beneficial and useful for assessing the overall ability and potential of a student.
Mathematics: 100 Mini Exams for Selective Schools Entrance and Scholarships This book is designed to: prepare students for the Selective Schools entrance exam give students the variety of questions needed for Scholarship Examinations Lay the solid foundation necessary for High School mathematics 1200 questions for classroom and home use Based on previous selective schools and scholarship exams.
Excel Test Skills - Selective Schools and Scholarship Writing Tests Years 5–6 is a comprehensive study guide for the English part of the selective schools and scholarship tests (usually undertaken in Year 6). The book contains mostly multiple choice questions, based on a wide variety of text types, so students can prepare fully for the exam .
Excel Test Skills - Selective Schools and Scholarship English Comprehension Tests Years 5-6 is a comprehensive study guide for English Comprehension part of the Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests (usually undertaken in Year 6). The book contains hundreds of multiple choice questions based on a variety of text types – so students can prepare for exams with a minimum of stress and maximum results.
Excel Tests - Selective Schools and Scholarship General Ability Tests Years 5-6 is a comprehensive study guide for the General Ability section of the Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests (usually under taken in Year 6). The questions test a wide variety of skills including word knowledge, number series, analogies, reasoning, spatial ability and anagrams.
The aim of Excel Test Skills - Selective Schools & Scholarship Tests Skills & Strategies Years 5–6 is to identify, develop and practise the skills useful in test situations, in particular the Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests. Recognition of these skills and strategies, and confidence in applying them, will lead to better test results.
Basic Skills Giant Book of Reading / Comprehension Tests Years 5 to 8 (Exercises to prepare for Selective Schools Tests and Scholarship Examinations for Year 5 to 8).