Anyone else been rejected from a selective school?

To start off, it definitely hurts and you go through a wave of emotions. But in a while, it wouldn't matter as much.

However, in saying so, it tells you what you need to improve on and it is up to you whether or not you take it as a learning opportunity.

I, myself know that I really need to improve on timing and worded questions, which I will work towards.

It does help you improve and you can use this experience for another chance, for me, unfortunately, it was the first and last time I could apply since I am in year 10 lol.

For people like me who don't know what to expect in the test and is their first time. I thought I will just write some tips and yeah.

It consists of, components that are 30 minutes in duration with about 60 to 80 questions, in the components.

Verbal Reasoning

Reading Comprehension

Numerical Reasoning

Mathematics

**For verbal reasoning, **It is extremely helpful to write and draw things out quickly to see connections.

For example this question,

A local shopping centre is made up of a small group of shops. A bakery is four to the right of the milkbar. The newsagent is three to the right of a dental practice, which is four spots to the left of the milkbar. The post office is two shops to the left of the chemist, which is three shops left of the bakery. You would draw this out,

Dental practice - - Newsagent - Milkbar&Newsagent - Chemist - - Bakery

Thus, the milkbar and newsagent work on the same premises.

Note: there are a lot of questions which have word x is to word y as word z is to... e.g honesty is to deception as submission is to rebellion.

There are questions where you need to find antonyms or synonyms from the given choices, and finding the words that don't resemble the rest out - odd words out sort of thing

**For reading comprehension**Always read the question first to see what you need to look for from the given text.

Have a sheet of paper, writing what each paragraph is about. This makes you read the important parts for each question.

E.g. P1 - Introduction on conformity

P2 - Past studies on conformity

P3 - Results and effect on the level of conformity

P4 - Conclusion and generalizations on people today

**For numerical reasoning**A lot of it is based on finding patterns. Something to remember is that patterns can be from using all, of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These patterns can be consecutively so, each time x+10 you get another number.

Or it can even be after skipping a number

x, y, x+10, y+15, (x+10)+10, (y+15)+15, and so on.

There are also worded questions, some that may use time for example like at an athletics carnival, a race begins at 11 am takes 2 and 1/2 hours while another race starts 20min after and there would be a few more scenarios with a question to solve. For this, also remember to write things out.

**For Mathematics **There are a variety of different questions, including worded questions.

But overall, remembering certain concepts is helpful.

- null factor law

- SOH CAH TOA

- linear relationships

- surds

- probability, (conditional probability)

- simultaneous equations (algebra concepts in general)

- parabolas (identifying equations from graphs, knowing the formula, what turning point, x and y-intercepts are and axis of symmetry)

- financial maths (compound interest and simple interest, percentages)

Sorry this is all I remember

I hope I was able to help someone, sadly that's all I remember from the test.

I wish everyone the best of luck