Since 2021, the Selective High School Placement Test has followed a new format. The Thinking Skills section replaces the old General Ability section, with a focus on higher-order thinking skills…
Term Two Program, 2015
The term two program follows on from the introductory lessons in term one. These lessons gave each student an initial exposure to the type of Mathematics, Reading, Writing and General Ability questions that are part of the Selective School test each year in March. As students have found, the educational standard in these subject areas is quite high, in my opinion, they are at a late Year 7/early Year 8 level. This is done to differentiate average selective school candidates from higher-achieving ones.
In term one; we discussed in class the importance of becoming familiar with General Ability as a subject. In my opinion, what differentiates candidates the most is General Ability. Therefore we will spend more time in this area in term two. Each week’s class will involve a detailed discussion and explanation of each week’s homework and subject area (i.e. Reading, Mathematics, Writing or General Ability). Once, we cover these areas under my guided tuition, we will focus on doing sample tests in term three. We will then focus on improving speed in tests in term four. All this takes time, but the overall aim is to build and maintain confidence for each student in the course.
Term Two program
Week 1 April 22nd: Homework and guided Writing
Week 2 April 29th: Homework and guided General Ability
Week 3 May 6th: Homework and guided General Ability
Week 4 May 13th: Homework and guided Mathematics
Week 5 May 20th: Homework and guided Mathematics
Week 6 May 27th: Homework and guided General Ability
Week 7 June 3rd: Homework and guided General Ability
Week 8 June 10th: Homework and guided Reading
Week 9 June 17th: Homework and guided Reading
Week 10 June 24th: Homework and guided Writing