Login

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

June 01, 2023, 09:23:58 am

Author Topic: Last minute tips for the selective school exams  (Read 158817 times)  Share 

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

PRE0018

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 1
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #45 on: February 10, 2018, 10:47:17 am »
0
How many superiors should you aim for at least to get into MacRobertson Girls High School?

Aearator

  • Forum Regular
  • **
  • Posts: 70
  • Respect: +2
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #46 on: February 11, 2018, 10:47:57 pm »
0
How many superiors should you aim for at least to get into MacRobertson Girls High School?

Donít worry about getting a certain amount of superiors, if you work hard and try your best youíll get in :) But really, it depends on your school as they use the 5% rule for the selection process. Also, make sure to be well rounded in terms of your results, you donít want to do well in some areas and do bad in others as they look for well rounded results.
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.

lovelyperson

  • Trendsetter
  • **
  • Posts: 136
  • Respect: +31
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #47 on: February 12, 2018, 07:35:25 am »
0
How many superiors should you aim for at least to get into MacRobertson Girls High School?

Typically at least 3 for Melb High/Mac Rob, but that was what I was told 5 years ago so it might've changed. The reasoning tests are also weighted more highly because they test skills that can't be taught. But yeah, as Aearator said above, try your best and you'll get in. :) :)
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 07:47:18 am by lovelyperson »

_fj_lifestooshorttoregret

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 1
  • <3 why not?
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2018, 09:08:41 pm »
0
Hey Pi,
Iím writing for both JMSS and Mac.Rob yr 10. Iím really excited for this. But... I really donít know what to expect. Last yr, I tried for MacRob but I didnít get in even tho I went to JAC. I say, going for the tuition was utterly useless
 N this time, Iím self learning all the topics and reading comp is smth I struggle with. I donít like it too.
 What do I do?...
Also, do you know what I should expect for the exam as Iím writing for yr 10?
thank you for ur time x
« Last Edit: February 27, 2018, 08:15:22 am by _fj_lifestooshorttoregret »
Thank you x

yaahmad12

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 1
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2018, 12:09:51 pm »
0
Can someone please guide me where i can purchase last couple of years select school exam papers or topics for writing ?

A.dolan

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #50 on: April 03, 2018, 08:57:20 pm »
0
Hi,
I was wondering if you could give me some good study advice. I tend to get distracted a lot and my selective school admission tests are in 2 months!!!!!! It would also be appreciated if you could also help me get an idea of what happens on the actual day of the tests.
Thanks!

justinely

  • Trailblazer
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Respect: +2
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #51 on: April 04, 2018, 11:28:33 am »
0
hii. so i'm yr 9 and i'm trying out for john monash and macrob this year, for yr 10 in 2019. right now, i need help with filling in the macrob application form! is there anyone who can help me out? Please reply back! it would be very much appreciated :') Thanks in advance!
'21
English 50 | FM 43
ATAR: 97+

Melodyt

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #52 on: April 05, 2018, 03:13:43 am »
+2
Hey guys,
Not really sure if you guys are in yr eight or nine tryng to get into macrob in 2019, but either way, I guess i hae some tips for both? Im in yr ten currently at macrob who tried out in yr nine last year. I also got into schs for yr nine entry but declined it.
Yr nine entry
MATHS AND NUMERICAL REASONING WILL HAUNT YOU. I remember sitting the tests andd just crying to myself while looking at the papers. There were a lot of linear equations and turning point questions and algeebra stuff. A good way to get your head around this stuff is to do a lot of questions from yr nine maths textbooks. Also would be helpful knowing your squared and a biit of cubed numbers, espcially for numerical reasoning. A lot of people who goes to james an (aka yr eight me) and struggled with the maths being taught there will find the maths papers toture.
READING COMP AND VERBAL
I actually found these papers easy. The texts in reding weren't that wordy (unlike what james an says) and i was able to thoroughly read through them. The verbal reasoning was really easy, a lot of people found it easy as well. For reading, I really wouldn't recommend much other than you read. James an does a pretty good job  with teaching reading and verbal, but thir tests are so much harder than the actual papers. I rememeber they taught us literary devices for reading like euphamism and allegories so i took it uppon myself to learn literally all the devices there was. Turns out it was a big waste of tiime because none of them were talked about on the test... However you may have some questions about alliterations and allegories, but nothing to tricky.
WRITING PIECES
The actual topics weren't too hard, but it was the time management that was obvviously the hardest thing. The topics that were on my test were "You  are locked in a  room with a box that said 'Do not open'" and "Should atheletes' salary be capped to be given to amateur sport leagues?". I didn't do too bad on these, but a really good way, if not the best way, to do well on essays is to give yourself 15 minutes to write ann essay. If you dont have enough time, skip out on planning. I know a lot of people emphasise the importance of planning, but when you're under pressure where every second counts, you realy doon't have time to write out what you're going too write even though you have it in your head.

That is my advice for the yr eights trying out! TBH I kind of wouuldn't suggest going to james an's selective prep class because a lot of people dropped it midway through the year. Im not sure if this happened in other james an places but i went to the kealba/st albans branch.

BTW i got one superior, two above averages (the one before superior) and three high averages (before above average and after average) unfortunately that wasnt good enough to get in so thats why i tried again. This leads me to my...

YR TEN ENTRY ADVICE!!
I jusst want to start by sayinng that its okay if you guys havennt sat for the yr niine entry. A lot of people who got into yr 10 didnt sit for yr nine, but they still knew there stuff. I went to Hendersons for preparation,, thinking it was gonna be really good given their very pricey lessons. I was so hesitant for my parents to spend just over a grand on me, going to only 5 lessns and two practce exaams. However, the only thing that i really gained from that was doing the practice exams. They actually helped me becaus thy were actually quite similar to the actual tests, plus they would give out everyone's resultts on the tests on the same day!! but just to break down what was on the test....
MATHS AND NUUMERICAL REASONING
Okay remember how I said the maths stuff for yr nine entry was hard? Forget it. These papers were a breeze. There were questions about ppythag, algebra, inequalities, turning points and parabolas, surds, linearr stuff, just yr ten stuff. Numerical reasoning was kind of the same as the paper for the yr nine entry, but harder ofc and had a lot of simultaneous equations. Time managament wasn't an issue for me and i still hadd some time to check my answers twice. I know, it sounds crazy but legit. I think it  was because I was in the advanced maths class in yr nine and so that helped me with my yr ten maths skills. so yeah, just work off yr ten textbooks and know how to att least do some basic maths stuff of your head (like (x+3)(X+1)=x^2+4x+3)

READIG AND VERBAL
emember how i said these papers were easy for yr nine? well forget that as well. I had to guess at least 50% of the questions in reading comp. There were texts about the earth's atmosphere (ik its weird this is reading comp, not science) and there was evenn a text from Charles Dickens. Verbal wasn't too bad i guess but you really have to be good with your vocabulary. If you can't read or you suck in vocab, yoou can always rely on guuessing the answer as "C". This trick is probably why i go to this school tbh.

WRiTIng
These pieces were killer for me. I loved the persuasive piece but the creative piece was just... The topics were "Should canteens continue to sell unehealthy/junk food?" and "Write a creative piece with the starting sentences being 'it was almost as if i imagined it' and 'i couldn't believe it'" I was so surprised with the creative writing topic and spent five minutes solid thinking of a topic. I completely failed the creative, gettining a  below average (was it because my writing was just bad, or because i talked about drugs? just ill never know...) Anyways, a good way to practise is to ofc practise at home. I wrote an essay a day for a month and gave it t a tutor to correct them and send it back. I found her feedback help me to improve my essay skills which was good.

I somehow manged to get three superiors, one above and one high averge and a very sad below average. I really don't know how i made it in tbh


ALSO KEY THING FOR YR TENS
YOU GUYS HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES . IT IS SUCH A KEY I CANT STRESS IT ENOUGH!! I heard from my  mum that girl in yr ten got a really good score with four superiors but she didnt make it in because she wasn't involved enough. It is very important to do something outside of school, whether it be dancing, singing, swimming or even volunteering. I did stuff like debating, swim squad and math comps so i think that made up for my below average?
INTERVIEWS
Interviews are unfortunately required for potential students after sitting the test. Im not ure how many people get to be interviewed, but im thinking maybe 50? considering that i have 25 people in my form/new yr ten students. it's really good to just practise and practise interview questions if you are able to be interviewed. I was interviewed by the transition director and the principal and were asked questions that knd of surprised me? I remember they asked me'what was the best moment of your life?'ans i was so clueless on the spot and sat there for five seconds before saying ' tbe best moment of my life was sitting for the test for this school as i know hat if i gt in, it will change my life so sitting for the test is only one stepping stone for my future' and completely sucked their ass, which im sure they were fully aware. these are the following questions they asked as well
how do you feel about leaving your school to potentially come here?
if youre in term two, and you dont have any friends, what ould you do to find some?
why do you want to come to this school?
what do you know about this school?
what can you offer to this school?
and a bunch of questions like that. its importnt not to get scared or nervous as it is really obvious. i am a really anxius person that the transition diretor had to tell me to breathe right when she saw me. Not a very good impression. But in the end, i realised that we had such a normal conversation and talked about books and movies. its also important to come up with a question for them when they ask for one. When they asked 'do you have any questions?', it's so obvious that they want one to see if you arereally interested in this place so i answered with 'what sort of competitions do you guys hold?'. Just the most obvious question will probably be good enough. But just remember that you're not only there to be interviewed because youre alo interviewing them to see if you really want to be a new student at macrob.

So yeah, those are all my tips and adviCe for getting into macrob or schs in that case. i remember trying to find tios for yr ten entry last year but i seriously couldnt find any so i had to learn it the hard way. Hopefully this helps at least one of you guys   
 :)

A.dolan

  • Fresh Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #53 on: April 06, 2018, 08:27:13 pm »
0
Hi everyone,
I'm taking the selective school exams in about 2 months and I am extremely nervous!! My first preference is Nossal and I am trying for year 9. I would really appreciate it if anyone could give me some advice on a few things:
 - How to memorise information easily
 - How to not get distracted and stay focused while studying
 - Any useful study tips
 - Specific topics I need to be learning
Thank you!

ImAdit

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #54 on: April 11, 2018, 11:42:10 pm »
0
Hi ! i am doing the Melbourne high test this year.

I have two questions i want to ask you

1. what is the order of the tests done in the exam date. ect 1. numerical 2. creative 3. rc... ect

2. for analytical, do you think the style of writing you have suggested is better than just: an intro with three body paras about why its important/bad. Do you think the examiners would like it more. and did you get a superior in writing by using that style.

honestly i am not the best at analytical but i have a nice potential.

it would be highly appreciated if you responded pi. :D


SomeGuy101

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 18
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2018, 04:36:03 pm »
0
Hi,
This is the order:
1. Verbal Reasoning (30min)
2. Numerical Reasoning (30min)
3. Persuasive Written Expression (15min)
SHORT BREAK
4. Reading Comprehension (30min)
5. Mathematics (30min)
6. Creative Writing Expression (15min)
END
Hope this is helpful.
Bye

crystahlll

  • Trailblazer
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2018, 04:12:45 am »
0
hi all, i would like to ask how many questions are there on average for each section? and does anybody have tips for year 11 entrance exam :D
the roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet

cloudyy

  • Forum Regular
  • **
  • Posts: 97
  • !
  • Respect: +2
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2018, 09:38:55 pm »
+1
hi all, i would like to ask how many questions are there on average for each section? and does anybody have tips for year 11 entrance exam :D

Hm TYPICALLY,

verbal reasoning- 60
Reading- 50
Numerical reasoning- 50
Mathematics- 60
 

crystahlll

  • Trailblazer
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #58 on: June 11, 2018, 01:20:13 am »
0
Hm TYPICALLY,

verbal reasoning- 60
Reading- 50
Numerical reasoning- 50
Mathematics- 60

thanks! is this the same for y11 exams too?
the roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet

Albert Einstein

  • Forum Regular
  • **
  • Posts: 59
  • Respect: 0
Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #59 on: June 11, 2018, 06:19:34 pm »
0
thanks! is this the same for y11 exams too?
The type of tests are the same but the order might differ.
Crying doesn't mean you're weak. Enduring doesn't mean you're strong.