Academic Assessment Services Exam Format

This company prepares exams for a small number of schools.

They substitute the opinion writing piece with general abilities testing.

Their format is as follows:
Written Expression
Mathematics
Reading Comprehension
General Abilities

At Hendersons our exam preparation workshops offer your child techniques that will assist them in performing at their best on the day.

Written Expression

The writing component looks at the student’s ability to present their relative thoughts through writing.  The main aim is to assess the content, structure and expression of the written piece.  The student is given 25 minutes to write their piece.

The Academic Assessment Services website states that the “…test assesses students’ facility with written language.  A stimulus is provided for students to produce a piece of writing in a particular genre (e.g. narrative, exposition or argument) depending on their Year level.”

It must be noted that from our past experience, the company has sometimes provided a prompt for a narrative and, at other times, an opinion or analytical question for written expression.  We recommend that to be prepared for the written expression of a scholarship exam, you should also undertake both the creative and opinion writing workshops to prepare for any unexpected topics.

Mathematics

The aim of this test is to assess both curriculum related mathematics as well as mathematical reasoning (problem solving).  Approximately 45 minutes.

Reading Comprehension

This is a paper requiring inferential skills to interpret written text, generally non fiction (about 45 minutes).

General Abilities

This paper has components of numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and abstract reasoning similar to general IQ tests.  72 questions in about 45 minutes.

  • Numerical reasoning - solving problems using numbers. This part of the test includes missing numbers, worded problems and logical reasoning.
  • Verbal reasoning - seeing the relationships and solving problems using words and language, including verbal analogies, synonyms, antonyms and logical reasoning.
  • Abstract reasoning - reasoning logically using shapes and diagrams rather than words and numbers.