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Scholarships & Private Education

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.

Scholarship Preparation

Has your son or daughter decided to sit for a scholarship exam at the beginning of the year? Students enjoy the challenge provided by the content of our scholarship courses. As they work through the content to prepare for a scholarship exam our teachers sit with individual students to guide them through challenges, with no more than 6 students per teacher. It may be to talk about their ideas for essays, discussing structure or to demonstrate techniques to make numerical reasoning problems easier to solve.

Course Components
Subjects studied for a scholarship include reading comprehension, mathematics & problem solving, writing, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, abstract reasoning, and humanities.

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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.

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

Intensive program
This program is available at some of our venues and includes enrolment for two modules, students attend for 3 hour sessions for 8 weeks working through all exam subjects.

Workshops
These programs are available from time to time at a range of venues to study areas such as numerical reasoning, mathematics or verbal reasoning. Currently available workshop programs and their venues will appear immediately below.

 

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 our 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.

 

 

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