A+ Grade Sample Writing Piece for the NSW Selective Schools Test & Why it's Good

What does a good writing piece for the NSW selective school test look like?  It has the makings of any good writing piece - that means it’ll have:

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How Many Words Do I Write in a Written Expression Exam for a Scholarship or Selective School Test?

This is a question I get asked often.  While the quality of your writing is considered over the quantity, this is my opinion on how long/how many words should be in an essay or a writing piece for a selective school exam or scholarship test.

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Approach to Writing an Argumentative Piece in Under 15 Minutes for Entrance Exams

Writing an essay or writing piece in exam conditions almost always has a time constraints.  The time constraints for the following exams are:

  • Victorian Selective School (Melbourne High, MacRob, Suzanne Cory and
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Principal's Discretionary Category Application Form MacRob, Melb High Help!

Congratulations if you’ve been offered an application to the principal’s discretionary category for a selective school!  They’re very hard to get into and to be offered one means you’ve done well in the exam and may have been offered a spot in another selective school.  If you haven’t

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5 Tips on Writing a Persuasive/Argumentative Piece for a Selective School/Scholarship Test

In this post, we’ll go through our top 3 entries for the writing competition and go through what was done well and what needed improvement. I’ll collect them into 5 tips below for how to write a competitive writing piece for the selective and scholarship exams. I’ll

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5 Time-Busting Tips for Your Child’s Selective School and Scholarship Exams

Selective school and scholarship exams have demanding time limits!

Around the 15 - 25 minute mark for a writing piece and around 30 - 40 minutes for a multiple choice test such as mathematics and reading

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Selective School & Scholarship Written Expression Test: 3 Things You Must Avoid Doing!

The Vic Selective School Test is coming up soon on 18 June 2016! This is the main entrance exam to gain entry into the four selective high schools in Victoria being MacRobertson Girls’ High School (MacRob), Melbourne High School (Melb High / Mel High), Suzanne Cory and Nossal.

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Students Used These 3 Ingredients To Get Better Writing Scores in IELTS, Selective Schools, Scholarship Exams and NAPLAN...

What are the 3 ingredients to better writing for your exams – NAPLAN, Selective Schools and Scholarships and IELTS?

No. It’s not grammar and spelling exercises. It’s **practice, modeling

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Why your child should NOT use “talking marks” or “speech” in scholarship and selective school written expression tests

Does your child write using a lot of speech?  Speech is when you put something into “speech marks” and it shows that someone is saying something. I see this kind of writing when children start preparations for their selective school or scholarship test.  In fact, sometimes I

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Scholarship & Selective School Written Expression Examples (Plus 5 Steps to Get Your Writing to this Standard)

In Writing & Reading Club (a weekly writing and reading improvement program), we score essays and provide feedback.

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One Word Makes a Huge Difference In Written Expression (NAPLAN, Selective Tests & Scholarship Tests)

I correct and give feedback to a lot of written expression pieces. Many of the creative writing and argumentative writing pieces are done by students vying for a coveted spot in a selective school or sitting an exam to obtain a hard-to-get scholarship offer.

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5 Common Q&A on Written Expression for Selective Schools and Scholarship Tests

In this blog post, I answer 5 common questions that students and parents ask about preparing for the written expression or writing task of the selective schools test and/or scholarship tests.

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1 Crucial Strategy Your Child Needs to Know for Each of the 7 Tests in Scholarships and Selective School Exams

I do a lot of tutoring for selective school and scholarship tests and our online course packages that cover abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, reading

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2 Past Sample Persuasive Writing Prompts for Selective School Entrance Test – Part 1 of 2

The writing test or written expression in a selective entry test is arguably one of the hardest parts of a multi-part test that generally examines reasoning (verbal, numerical), reading and maths.

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5 Boxes to Tick to Make Sure Your Child Aces NAPLAN Persuasive Writing (With Examples for Year 7)

Practice makes a better writer and with it, your child will ace the Year 7 NAPLAN Persuasive Writing section!

Strong persuasive writing skills will pave the road to success beyond

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6 Steps on How to Teach Your Child to Write an A+ Story and Learn English at the Same Time (Includes 10 Creative Writing Prompts)

Writing creative stories is one of the easiest and simplest ways for your child to learn English (and start building their essay writing skills).

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Writing Test in Selective schools & Scholarships – Good Vocabulary & Spelling is NOT ENOUGH [Case Study]

I want to tell you the story about Anna [name has been changed to protect privacy].

Like many students who sit a selective or scholarship school test, she

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This Secret Trick Will Help You Write Better Instantly (Even If You Don’t Have The Talent)

Learn how to ACE your writing test and write better essays by “showing, not telling” with 1000 ready-to-use example sentences created by experts.

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15-Point Essay Checklist for Narrative Writing: Where Your Essay May Be Losing Marks and How to Fix it with Expert Masterclass Videos

“My child struggles to come up with a story and can’t finish a story in the time limit!” “How can my child “show” and not “tell”? “How on earth do we fix up their writing and where do we even start?”

Finally, a simple and easy to use checklist that parents can use (even if you’re not good at writing) to help your child improve their creative writing (narratives) for competitive exams like scholarships, selective school entrance exams, ICAS and NAPLAN.

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15-Point Essay Checklist for Persuasive Writing: Find Out Where Your Essay is Losing Marks and Fix it with Expert Masterclass Videos

“My child doesn’t know what to write about!” “What is persuasive writing anyway?” “Where do we even start when preparing to write a persuasive writing piece?!?”

Finally, a simple and easy to use checklist that parents can use (even if you’re not good at writing) to help your child improve their persuasive or argumentative writing for competitive exams like scholarships, selective school entrance exams, ICAS and NAPLAN.

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How to Ace Written Expression in Scholarship Tests in 2020 & 2021

Private school scholarship testing season generally starts from February to April and in scholarship tests, written expression tests how well your child can write:

  • based on a specific genre - usually persuasive/argumentative writing or creative/narratives),
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