The short answer is “as soon as possible!” The test takes place in term 1 of year 6, 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.
Grade 5, Term 1:
If your child is in grade 5, then they have a year to prepare for their Scholarship exam. Now is the time to figure out which schools you want your child to apply for, and figure out which Scholarship exams they will need to sit. For a full list of schools, check out our website.
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 Scholarship Preparation classes commence in term 2, we advise students who plan to take this class to attend English and Maths classes in term 1 at a year 6 level, so ensure that they have all the necessary skills to keep up with the coursework provided in our Scholarship classes.
Grade 5, Term 2:
In term 2, 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 2!
Grade 5, Term 4:
Towards the end of the year, schools begin accepting application for the next year’s scholarship exams. Exact dates will vary from school to school, so it is a good idea to keep your eye on your chosen school’s website. You will need to apply online for each of the exams that you want your child to sit.
Over the summer holidays, you can help your child to continue preparing for their upcoming exam by purchasing one of our custom made practice exam packs (witch full worked solutions) or by hiring one of our talented private tutors to give one-on-one advice on any areas of difficulty.
Grade 6, Term 1:
Students will sit their Scholarship exams in term 1. If your child is enrolled in our Scholarship Exam Preparation course, classes will continue in term 1 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. The dates of the exams vary, but they usually take place in February and March. Usually, results will be released roughly a month after the exam.