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Whether your goal is to overcome the NAPLAN tests, enter into OC classes or Selective schooling, do well in Olympiad tests or to secure an ACER scholarship - we have everything you need. We have up-to-date textbooks filled with practice tests, these are an invaluable resource to those wishing to become familiar with the testing style. We also have tutors who have full knowledge of what the exams entail, who can effectively prepare your child to answer questions quickly and correctly. Whatever you need, we are here to help.
Literacy and NumeracyEach year students from Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 are required to sit for common assessment tests in Literacy and Numeracy. The four sections are Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. In Years 3 and 5 there will be one test for each section. In Years 7 and 9 there are 2 tests for Numeracy – one with calculators allowed and the other without calculators allowed.
OutcomesThese tests usually take place in Term 2 and the results are generally published in Term 3. The results will provide information about a student’s achievement in relation to his or her cohorts as well their school’s average achievement. These results help a school to evaluate its own teaching methods and identify students who may need more assistance.
How we can assistOften the questions presented in such tests can be tricky and are sometimes interpreted incorrectly. Even when children have mastered all of their current syllabus content, they may not perform well because of this. At K12 we can assist your child to prepare for the test by running through lots of examples of the types of questions asked.
Who are they for?Opportunity Classes (OC) in Years 5 and 6 and Selective High Schools are for children who have demonstrated that they perform well above their year levels and well above their peers. The tests are taken in Year 4 for the OC placement and in Year 6 for Selective High schools. Roughly one-third of those who sit the test will gain a placement. These schools or classes have programs that are much more intensive and challenging than the activities of a regular class, and as such, placements are given to those who are disciplined and enjoy challenges.
What is testedStudents are tested on their higher order thinking in English, Mathematics and General Ability. The test focuses on how well a child can think beyond what they have been taught in school. Each test is 40 minutes long. The tests contain multiple-choice questions; 45 in reading, 40 in mathematics, and 60 in general ability.
How we can assistK12 is ready to give a helping hand to any children who wish to be placed in these schools and classes. Many of the problem solving questions are of the same type from year to year so it is possible to master these thinking patterns. Our classes will be rigorous and we will focus on these thinking strategies rather than merely doing practice tests. We want your child not just to succeed in the test, but also, to take these learnt skills with them for life.
Private SchoolsYou may want your child to attend a private school but the costs prevent you from going through with it. Most private schools offer scholarships for deserving students. Some schools are very much in demand and they have implemented tests to help them select the most deserving students who want to attend their school. Tests are available for entry to both primary and secondary schools.
Independent Testing OrganisationsMost private schools use ACER Scholarship Tests. Some others use Academic Assessment Services. These tests assess for high skill levels and high thinking skills. The advantage of having independent testing organisations is that the student only does a test once and their score is sent to all the schools that they wish to attend.
How we can assistThe tests are highly competitive. They require strategic thinking as well as speed and accuracy. There may be many students who are able to answer the questions, but the schools are looking for those who can also answer quickly. At K12 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 abilities.
Maths Olympiad & GamesThe Maths Olympiad is a challenging problem solving competition for high performing students. K12 offers tutoring for this exam and plenty of practise building up your problem solving skills in preparation. However, this competition is entered by invitation only. If you have been excluded by the Maths Olympiad, K12 offers a Maths Challenge program which you can join to progress in your problem solving skills - no invitation necessary.
ICASThe 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 school-supplied diagnostic tool available to students for skill assessment. There are tests in English, Mathematics, Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling and Writing.
Technology competitionsThere 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 requires no previous programming experience. The Australian Information Olympiad (AIO) like the Maths Olympiad is aimed at a very high level of ability and tests problem solving through programming.
History & GeographyThe Australian History Competition for years 8 and 10 usually occurs during the month of May. The Geography competition is also held in May for student teams from all years of secondary schools. Winners may be selected to represent Australia in an international competition.
Speaking CompetitionsThe NSW Arts Unit offers three different competitions 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.
Writing ChallengeIn Australia, there are often writing challenges. These competitions are more for the fun of the child. Depending on the particular competition, winners are often awarded with a popular book or a similar gift, and a certificate.
Some useful information for gifted child
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. For more information please visit https://www.mensa.org.au/