Selective schools are government schools. The students accepted by the schools on the basis of their academic achievement.
Selective schools help high performing students to learn and achieve good results. They provide a study environment for similarly gifted and talented students.
Each year, Selective Schools are at the top of the HSC leader boards, and Selective School students consistently produce some of the highest ATAR results in the N.S.W. As such, there is a strong demand for parents to place their children in selective schools.
With more than 24 years of providing proven learning programs to students in years 1 – 12, we are one of Sydney’s leading Tutoring Specialists. We pride ourselves on providing excellent study material, and we have the highest-skilled Tutors in Sydney who are enthusiastic about imparting their knowledge and expertise to their students.
Our experience allows us to provide the most stimulating learning environment for our students, allowing each of them to maximize their potential in all subjects.
The Selective School test is a standardised test. It is designed to measure a student’s academic ability. The test ensures the students have the required knowledge and skills to thrive in a selective school.
Selective School Test consists of English, Mathematics, Thinking Skill (General Ability) and Writing. It is designed to challenge students and test their knowledge in these subjects.
Duration in Test (Mins.)
Thinking Skill (G.A.)
About 1 out of 3 students sitting the test can get an offer.
In 2019, about 14,500 students in NSW sat the test,and only 4,256 placements were successful. This result reflects there is only 30% of the success rate.
There is no fixed minimum entry score. Each year, selective schools’ setup their minimum entry score out of 300 to establish the cut-off point for successful applicants.
The table below shows the top 10 schools in the selective school ranking in NSW as well as their minimum entry scores for 2019.
Minimum Entry Score
James Ruse Agricultural High School – 250
North Sydney Boys High School – 234
Baulkham Hills High School – 230
Sydney Boys High School – 229
Hornsby Girls High School – 227
North Sydney Girls High School – 226
Girraween High School – 225
Normanhurst Boys High School – 225
Sydney Girls High School – 225
Fort Street High School – 222
To help students achieve the best possible result in the selective school test and get a placement in a selective high school, Dux Tuition provides selective school training classes specifically designed for this
English & Mathematics
These classes focus on reinforcing knowledge and skill for the English and mathematics sections of the test as well as familiarising students to the structure and types of questions commonly found in the test.
For writing, the classes help students to improve their writing ability through guidance on structuring their writing and techniques to improve as well as practising different writing styles.
Thinking Skill (G.A.)
In the upcoming selective School Year 7 Entry Test, general ability (G.A.) section will be replaced by a new ‘thinking skill’ test.
The NSW Department of Education will not provide a sample test paper until late December 2020.
Dux Tuition believes the new test paper will be similar to G.A. paper but more emphasise on individual problem-solving skill.
Dux Tuition provides Mock Exam Sessions. The Mock Exams for each subject that are structured like the actual Selective School Test.
These Mock Exams provide the students with practice under exam conditions. Mock Exams can help them get familiar with what is to be expected during the real test.
Explanation and coaching through common mistakes allow students to have a second chance to learn and strengthen their weakness in preparation for the Selective School Test.
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