Updated: Mar 9
Timing is Key
It’s crucial your child understands the time-factor that is involved with the selective school exam. With over X amount of questions, allocating an appropriate time for each question is key to finishing the test itself. A core example of this is the General Ability section which has 60 questions and 40 minutes allocated to it. It’s important for your child to complete 15 questions every 10 minutes at maximum, this gives the child enough time to think through the set of questions and still complete it within the allocated time frame.
Many parents and teachers think that you should allocate more time to the harder questions. This way of thinking needs to be altered as ALL question have the same marking allocation, thus, spending more time on a harder question is ineffective. If a question is becoming too hard, it’s best to disregard it and come back to it later to maintain the steady pace required for these types of exams.
With the 300 Selective program, your child can practice the same type of questions in an exam styled environment similar to the 2019 selective exam!
With an allocated timer, your child can practise his efficiency whilst our integrated software targets the child’s weak points, allowing the child to adapt and improve on their weak points – this proves more beneficial than doing countless of the same practise questions.
Vocabulary Should Not Be Your Key Focus
While preparing for the general ability section of the exam, knowing your vocabulary is extremely important. However, it is not a wise idea to make it a key focus within the last two weeks of studying for the exam. From our own years of experience tutoring children and analysing the selective school exams, new words that have been incorporated into the child’s vocabulary within the last two weeks rarely show up on the exam itself. This shows to us that making vocabulary a point of focus within the last two weeks Is an ineffective study strategy, more time should be spent brushing up on the numerical section and mastering the pattern and shape questions.
The Importance of Mastering Pattern and Shapes
The selective school exam general ability section is filled with plenty of questions that asks the child to determine what the sequential answer would be to a certain pattern. Below is a question that fits the description:
The best way to study for these questions is by targeted repetition. As each pattern/shape question generally have a similar type of rule and through repetition, the child becomes accustomed to the nuances associated with these patterns
If your curious, and haven’t figured it out yet, the answer to the above question is through following the pattern the first letters within the question (A,B and C) move sequentially by 1 while the second letter (C,E and G) move sequentially by 2 therefore making the next set of letters to be DI.
Above all, the key tip we have for parents is to ensure that your child is more than prepared for the selective school exam. With thousands of students partaking in it, it’s getting more competitive than ever to achieve the score needed to get into the school you want. Here at 300 Selective, we’ve created a program to double check that your child is more than prepared for it. With questions prepared from James Ruse tutors who have coached many children with their selective testing preparation and an advanced algorithm that identifies the child’s weaknesses, your child will be more than prepared for the test he or she is taking.
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