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Scholarships & Private Education

Each year private and independent schools offer academic and general scholarships. The process involves sitting a specific exam and often an interview. This can be challenging for students.
Brainworks prepares students from years 3 to 9 for scholarship exams by working through a framework of content that is customised and targeted to their needs. All students are taught one to one using key techniques for their scholarship exam preparation.

Being taught one to one is important to your child because they will;

- become confident about the exam process and their own capabilities
- build skills progressively to be able to effectively assimilate new knowledge
- familiarise themselves with the test format and style of questions
- improve exam technique and strategy including timing to be able to cope with the format

When to prepare?

Most scholarship exams are conducted during February and March. Term three or four is an appropriate time for students to commence scholarship preparation programs. Some schools now conduct their initial exams at earlier dates, during October and November. Scholarship preparation for these exams can commence in term 2.

 

|Course Structure


The course is taught in modular format which consists of 8 weekly one and a half hour sessions. Students have access to the online learning site which provides for greater familiarity and challenge. Students may accelerate the module by attending for 3 hours over 4 weeks at available venues. At the end of the first module the student completes a practice exam. Using all of the information from the module combined with the practice exam realistic advice is provided regarding progress and the benefits of a second module.
Course Components
Subjects studied include reading comprehension, mathematics & problem solving, writing, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, abstract reasoning, and humanities.

Scholarships

Edutest

The Edutest format generally includes Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, Writing, and Numerical and Verbal Reasoning

Reading Comprehension:Multiple choice questions of reading comprehension requiring students to interpret meaning and sentence correction. Duration is 30 minutes.

Mathematics: Multiple choice questions including mathematical process and problem solving. Duration is 30 minutes.

Writing: Any of the following can be required: creative, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, informative. Duration of 15 minutes.

Numerical Reasoning: Multiple choice questions requiring students to reason using numbers. Duration 30 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning: Multiple choice questions requiring students to reason using language. Duration 30 minutes.

Allwell

The Allwell format generally includes Reading comprehension, Mathematics, Writing and General Abilities.

Humanities Comprehension: Multiple choice questions of reading comprehension requiring students to interpret meaning. Duration is 45 minutes.

Mathematics: Multiple choice questions including mathematical process and problem solving. Duration is 45 minutes.

Writing: Written expression that can be either creative or an opinion piece. Duration of 25 minutes.

General Abilities: Multiple choice questions including numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning. Duration 45 minutes.

ACER Primary

The structure of the test changes according to age.

Primary Level

Test 1: Reading and viewing: Multiple choice questions of reading comprehension and interpretation of written and visual content. Duration is 30 minutes.

Test 2: Mathematics: Multiple choice questions including skill and problem solving. Duration is 30 minutes.

Test 3: Writing: Creative and opinion writing. Duration of 20 minutes each.

ACER Secondary

Secondary Level

The test is used at various levels, most commonly at years six (level 1) and eight (level 2), but also later years. (level 3).

Test 1: Written Expression: Duration 25 minutes

Test 2: Humanities: Multiple choice questions of reading comprehension and interpretation of poems, maps charts, diagrams and illustrations. Duration is 40 minutes.

Test 3: Mathematics: Multiple choice questions including problem solving with worded problems, including some questions involving reasoning. Duration is 30 minutes. Science questions are included in the mathematics component for level 2 and 3.

Test 4: Written Expression: Duration 25 minutes

Scholarships Intensive & Workshop Programs

Current programs and their venues will appear immediately below.

Intensive program
This program is available at selected venues. The program encompasses three hour sessions, with students working through all exam subjects over a shorter time period.

Workshops
Workshops are available from time to time at a range of venues to study specific subjects such as numerical reasoning, mathematics or verbal reasoning. 

 

Brainworks Scholarship Curriculum

The study materials used are easy to follow, appropriate for age but also offer the necessary challenge. Whilst students gain great confidence from our classes and that benefits their every day schooling, the curriculum that is taught is markedly different from the school curriculum. The questions that are posed to students require a strong understanding of fundamentals to then be able to confidently tackle various tasks. Therefore the curriculum at all levels is written to ascertain a student's conceptual understanding, to teach to the required level and then to apply those concepts to solve problems.