NAPLAN tests take place in Term 2 and the results are generally published in Term 3. The result will provide information about a student’s achievement in relation to his or her cohorts as well a school’s average achievement. These results help a school evaluate its own teaching methods and identify students who may need more assistance.

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Often the questions presented in such tests can be tricky and are sometimes interpreted incorrectly. Even when children are good at the subject, they may not perform well because of this. At k12 we can assist your child with preparing for the test by giving lots of examples of the types of questions asked. The next NAPLAN test key dates you can find here. To avoid last minute stress, we recommend starting preparation classes at the beginning of Term

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The test are taken in Year 4 for the OC placement and in Year 6 for Selective High schools selection. Students are tested on their higher order thinking in English, Mathematics and General Ability. Each test is 40 minutes long. The Opportunity placement Test  as well as Selective Tests have multiple-choice questions; 45 in reading, 40 in mathematics, and 60 in general ability.

How we can assist

At K12 is ready to give helping hand to children who want to be placed in these schools and classes. There are particular thinking strategies that are tested and it is possible to learn these strategies. The classes will be rigorous and we will focus on thinking strategies rather than merely doing practice tests. We want your child not just to succeed in the Selective or OC test but to be able to cope with the demands that these classes demand.

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Most private schools use ACER Scholarship Tests while some use Academic Assessment Services. The tests assess for high skill levels and high thinking skills. The advantage of having independent testing organisations is that the students only does a test once and their score is sent to all the schools that they hope to attend.Tests are available for entry to both primary and secondary schools.

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The tests require strategic thinking as well as speed and accuracy. There may be many students who are able to answer the question but the schools are looking for those who can think quickly. At K12 Academy we will assist in building the speed and accuracy required. Even if you do not want to attend a private school, preparing for such tests are a good way to challenge and extend your high performing child.

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The Maths Olympiad program consists of sets of challenging problem solving competitions for high performing students and is entered by invitation only. However for mainstream students these problem solving skills can be learnt by entering Maths Games.

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There are two technology related competitions for school students. The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is mainly a problem solving competition and it goes for one hour. It aims to seek programming potential but no programming experience required. The Australian Information Olympiad (AIO) like the Maths Olympiad is aimed at at very high level of difficulty and targets problem solving through programming.

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Curious Minds: a hands-on extension and mentoring program to ignite girls’ passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics Curious Minds is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 8, 9 and 10 girls who are interested in STEM. K12 Academy only helps in Theoretical part of science and practical part of other other topics.

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OTHER COMPETITIONS AND USEFUL INFORMATION FOR CURIOUS MIND

Speaking Competitions

The NSW Arts Unit offers three different areas to compete in for those who are prepared to stand up and speak. Debating and Public Speaking competitions are designed for primary and secondary school teams whereas the Premier’s Spelling Bee competition is targeted at primary school students.

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Writing Challenge

In Australia there are some writing challenges and competitions arranged very often. These competitions have a more of fun and personal approach. Depending on the particular competition, winners are often awarded with a popular book or a similar gift and a certificate

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ICAS

The ICAS tests are aimed at helping parents and teachers track the progress of a student from year to year, and to see the current skill status of the student compared to the rest of the test population. This is the best diagnostic tool for skill assessment. There are tests in English, Mathematics, Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling and Writing.

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Geography Competitions

The Geography competition is also held in May for student teams from all years of secondary schools and winners may be selected to represent Australia in an international competition.

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History Competitions

The Australian History Competition for years 8 and 10 occurs during the month of May. 

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GERRIC and MENSA
GERRIC organizes programs and events for years 3 to 10 students. To help the gifted child expand their mind.

The goal of Mensa is to create a society that works for the benefit of the humanity. It encourages research of the human intelligence nature and the use of it for the good of the human kind. Mensa provides an environment which is socially healthy and intellectually stimulating.

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