SCHOLARSHIP AND SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL TESTS ARE PREDICTIVE EXAMINATIONS.
These examinations aim to predict which of the students is most likely to be academically successful for the next six years and beyond. Such success depends upon five factors:
- Natural Ability: Without a sufficient level of natural ability, training will not take a student to a level of achievement which would win a scholarship or gain a place in a selective class or a selective school.
- Technical Skills: The skills of reading, writing, basic calculation, reading graphs, maps and charts are all needed. If these skills are well developed by early Year six then there is a high probability of future success. Much of these skills depend upon intellectual maturity. Many less mature children will go on developing and eventually become equally competent, but they are unlikely to be winners when sitting exams too young.
- Knowledge: There is no specific body of knowledge needed for scholarship exams. What is needed is a broad base of knowledge gained through wide reading, good television viewing and conversations with adults about a great range of topics. An hour of reading or talking about a book is likely to be of much greater educational value than an hour of doing Maths exercises.
- Self Motivation: The winners are usually children who want to learn. They are self-directed enthusiastic readers who are raising questions, seeking meanings and are enthusiastic about learning for its own sake.
- Self Discipline and Application: Many children will spend hour upon hour, day after day, perfecting sporting skills. This same level of application and self-discipline needs to be applied to reading, writing, and tables.
Scholarship Exams and Entrance Exams are designed to be more difficult than any tests that the students have at school. This is so the examination body can distribute the results from the top students in order to identify the very best students