Examination

The Selective High Schools Test is made up of following components:

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There are 4 tests namely Mathematics, English, Written Expression and General Ability. Mathematics, English, and General Ability consist of multiple choice questions with answers recorded on computer-marked answer sheets. The writing task is done in the answer booklet provided. Each multiple-choice test takes 40 minutes. However, the writing task is 20 minutes.

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The Opportunity Class Placement Test is made up of the following components:

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  • Tow parts to the test
  • 30 minutes each for English, Mathematics and General ability, all multiple-choice
  • 35 items mixed in Parts 1 and 2
  • 20 questions in English and Mathematics and 30 general ability questions.

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The NAPLAN test is made up of the following components:

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The National Literacy and Numeracy Plan

A National literacy and Numeracy Plan has been implemented by the Australian Federal Government to assist in improving overall school literacy and numeracy standards in the country. The plan allows for national ‘benchmarks’ to be established and therefore sets the standard for students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 all over Australia. Students in all state undergo literacy and numeracy testing in accordance with these benchmarks and are thus assessed using the same criteria. For more information regarding the National Literacy and Numeracy Plan, see the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs website at: www.detya.gov.au/schools/literacy&numeracy/benchmarks.htm Under the education system in Australia, primary school students in NSW can undertake several key examinations that may help to determine the course of their high school career, whether it be at a school that is selective, specialist or private.

Creative Problem Solving is designed to develop and enrich students problem solving skills. It is a systematic approach to problem solving which contains challenging and interesting problems at varying levels from all strands of the maths curriculum.

Creative Problem Solving has a collection of puzzles, creative and recreational number games and general problem solving designed to strengthen students mathematical understanding. All the exercises and activities will provide a systematic development of problem solving and mathematical ability.

Problem solving tasks provide opportunities for students to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to solve meaningful and challenging problems which are encountered daily and can be solved mathematically, through a variety of strategies. This will develop their ability and confidence to solve problems and build the foundation for excellence in mathematics.