What Resources Are Available In Your Online Bookstore?

Our online digital bookstore is a place where you can purchase materials geared towards helping your child prepare for the selective entry accelerated learning program (SEALP or ALP) exam in May and the selective schools exam (for entry into Melbourne High, The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High, Nossal High School and Suzanne Cory High School) in June. We also have many more titles planned for release over the next few months.

All materials available on the site are provided as digital books. This means that as soon as your payment is confirmed (which only takes a few minutes) you’ll be able to download your book and start studying. Check it out at http://spectrumlearning.com.au/

When Should My Child Start Preparing For The Selective Schools Test?

The short answer is “as soon as possible!” The test takes place in term 3 of year 8, so the sooner your child begins preparing and planning ahead for this test, the more likely they will be of gaining entrance to the school of their choice. For more information on what to do and when, have a look at the following timeline.

Year 7, Term 1 & 2:

Year 7 is the time to figure out which selective schools you want your child to apply for, There are currently four selective entry high schools in Victoria for students in years 9 to 12. These are MacRobertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne High School, Susan Cory High School and Nossal High School. It is a good idea to have a close look at their websites as soon as possible to see which school is right for your child.

Whether or not your child already attends classes at Spectrum Tuition, now is also the best time to discuss their options with one of our staff. We can provide a free assessment to gauge your child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing useful advice on how our sessions can help to prepare your child for the challenging task ahead. Though our Selective Schools Test Preparation classes commence in term 3, we advise students who plan to take this class to attend English and Maths classes in term 1 and 2 at a year 8 level, so ensure that they have all the necessary skills to keep up with the coursework provided in our Test Preparation classes.

Year 7, Term 3:

In term 3, we commence our 40-week Scholarship Exam Preparation course. The classes cover the six main areas that students will be tested on in their exams, numerical reasoning, mathematic skills, reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, narrative writing and persuasive writing, as well as providing advice on how to work effectively under test conditions. To ensure that your child is getting the most out of these classes, try to make sure they are enrolled from the first week of term 3!

Year 8, Term 1:

In mid-February, applications open for the Selective Schools exam. Application is nice and easy because it is centralised by the Victorian Department of Education. To sign your child up for the exam, simply go to their website. Applications usually close mid-May. When applying, students are required to indicate their preference of selective schools, so it is important that you carefully consider which school you want to attend before applying.

Year 8, Term 2:

With the test fast approaching, this is the time that your child should begin sitting some practice exams. Our exam packs offer great value. They can be purchased at www.selectiveschoolstest.com. Our exam packs contain up to three full length exam papers and worked solutions (see our Advanced and Ultimate packs). Also, if you purchase our Ultimate package you’ll receive 4 essays reviewed and corrected by a member of our selective schools team.

Year 8, Term 3:

Students will sit their Selective Schools entrance tests in term 3, usually in June. If your child is enrolled in our Selective Schools Test Preparation course, classes will continue in term 3 right up to their exams. By this point, each class will consist primarily of practice exams, aimed to give your child as much experience as possible before their actual test.

Do You Sell Practice Exams For The Selective Schools Test?

We do. If your child is well along the path in the preparation process and only needs some additional questions to practice their skills, our exam packs offer great value. They can be purchased at spectrumlearning.com.au/

Our exam packs contain up to three full length exam papers and worked solutions (see our Advanced and Ultimate packs). Also, if you purchase our Ultimate package you’ll receive 4 essays reviewed and corrected by a member of our selective schools team.

What Options Do You Offer For Students Preparing For The Selective Schools Exam?

The best form of preparation depends on your child’s current level. We offer a variety of different options to help students prepare for the selective schools exam.

Where To Start

We’d always recommend starting with a FREE assessment at one of 3 campuses. From there we can narrow down the options and provide you with advice specific to your child’s current level.

Option 1 – Exam Packs For Those Needing A Little Further Help

If your child is well along the path in the preparation process and only needs some additional questions to practice their skills, our exam packs offer great value. They can be purchased at spectrumlearning.com.au/

Our exam packs contain up to three full length exam papers and worked solutions (see our Advanced and Ultimate packs). Also, if you purchase our Ultimate package you’ll receive 4 essays reviewed and corrected by a member of our selective schools team.

Option 2 – Classes For Those Who Need Help With The Mathematics And English Component

If your child still needs some guidance in relation to both the mathematics and English components of the exam taking up classes with us is a great option. Our selective schools preparation classes run on Saturday and Sunday (depending on which campus is closest to you). Our classes provide all the skills that your child will need to excel on the Selective Schools exam, as well as providing Mathematics and English skills that will help them get ahead in their regular classes.

Further details about timing of classes can be found HERE and pricing details can be found HERE.

Option 3 – Private Tutoring For Those Who Need Help With Specific Areas

A final alternative maybe to have your child take up private tutoring sessions with us. These provide great value for students who have very specific weaknesses that need to be addressed before the exam. Again, this is more aimed at students who are at a fairly high level. Our private tutoring sessions are run from our offices in Maribyrnong.

Further details regarding private tutoring can be found HERE

Tell Me More About Your Selective Schools Preparation Classes

We provide group classes aimed at helping students prepare for the Victoiran selective schools exam.

Our Victorian selective schools exam classes are split into a mathematics and English class. Each is designed to help students prepare for the the various aspects of the exam. Specifically, in our mathematics class we focus on the following components:

– mathematics; and

– numerical reasoning.

While in the English class we focus on the following components:

– verbal reasoning;
– reading comprehension; and
– writing (persuasive and narrative).

We highly recommend that students take both classes to hone their skills on both fronts. This is regardless of their current level.