Brainworks provides individualised tuition for the greatest benefit.

My Choice of School

To maximise the chance of students receiving a scholarship offer or entry to their preferred selective school exam, Brainworks prepares students for competitive tests by working through a framework of content that is customised and targeted according to student needs. All students are taught one to one using key techniques for examination style questions.

Our aim is for students to:


Scholarships can be either academic, sport, music or general achievement and are available for primary and secondary independent schools. Academic scholarships to private schools require the completion of an examination. General scholarships for sport and music may also require the completion of an examination and results are then used in conjunction with sport and music skills. An interview is commonly part of the process.

Scholarships awarded may account for a percentage of the tuition fees at private schools. The number of scholarships awarded by a school is determined from year to year. Academic scholarship examinations tests are conducted by schools themselves or for the vast majority of schools by independent testing services such as ACER, Academic Associates (Allwell) or Edutest. Typical scholarship formats are indicated below but it is always best to check with the school.

When to prepare?

Preparation for scholarships to private schools is available from year 2 to 9. Preparation includes common elements of the exam formats and elements that are specific to ACER, Edutest and Academic Associates. Most scholarship exams are conducted during February and March and therefore term three or four is an appropriate time to introduce students to these programs. Some schools now conduct their initial exams at earlier dates, during October and November. In those cases it may be preferred to begin earlier.


Preparation for selective school entry to government schools is available from year 5 to 10 and is specific for each school, such as Melbourne, MacRob, Suzanne Cory and Nossal Highs, John Monash Science School and SEAL and ALP schools or similar tests.

Our main aim is to make a difference to student abilities and examination performance, which is why we work with individual students and no more than 6 students per teacher. We determine a student’s current abilities and customise the teaching, ensuring that we cover everything required for the specific exam, targeting areas that will assist each student.


NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, language conventions and numeracy.
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