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#1 Fr0g

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

DS sat an exam several weeks ago, at his school of choice. We only applied for one school, he's already been accepted to start next year regardless of the scholarship.

Has anyone any experience in the process from now? Do schools score all the results then interview? Do they engage the primary school, or families at all? Approximately how long until offers are known? Do you find out how your child has performed?

Any advice appreciated, I'm a little cluèless about it all.

#2 justcait2

Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

Usually on the application form it will tell you when you will be notified.  It can take a month to be notified but generally if you are accepted then you find out within a couple of weeks.  At least that has been our experience.

Good Luck

#3 Fr0g

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

Thanks, judging by the look on DS' face when he exited the exam, I won't hold my breath at any rate, lol original.gif

#4 coffy11

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

I've been wondering the same thing today, my daughter had her test last weekend, I wonder how long until we find out

#5 Fr0g

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

How did she find it, coffy11? DS complained it was "sooooo boring", he guessed "half of the maths", but that the rest was OK. He found the break to be the most interesting part - he made himself a coffee "so he could focus and stay awake in the second half" !!

#6 newphase

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:13 AM

Compared to EDUtests, ACER tests are a lot harder in general. You usually get a rating comparing your kids performance to all other kids sitting same test. And the school will let you know if he got a scholarship or not...very competitive BTW! Usually a month after testing, or sooner if he/she really blitzed it!

#7 mum850

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

I didn't know that edutests are easier?
DD is sitting an edutest,right now!
In my experience, if your child did really really well, you will be offered an interview. They only give a very small number of interviews.

#8 coffy11

Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

QUOTE (FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog @ 23/02/2013, 09:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How did she find it, coffy11?

She said the writing was pretty easy, humanities was okay, maths was hard. I'm not expecting her to get in because it's so competitive but would be so excited for her if she did

#9 Fr0g

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:55 AM

Similar to what DS said, coffy11. There was one boy saying it was all very easy straight after, I thought "there goes one place!", lol. Thanks for all replies, I found that we'll be emailed a link to results after about 3 weeks - good to know you see how they compare to others. Probably not useful to show DS, but curious for me to see.

GL to all who sat.

#10 newphase

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

My daughter scored quite highly in all areas on the Edutests, but the ACER are set at a much higher bar to test those kids who are truly above the norm, or indeed gifted.

#11 mum850

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (newphase @ 27/02/2013, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My daughter scored quite highly in all areas on the Edutests, but the ACER are set at a much higher bar to test those kids who are truly above the norm, or indeed gifted.

Hi newphase,
I am really interested in this.
The point of the scholarship exam is to identify the very top students, I guess.
Presumably they take the top small x% in any given exam, whether it's edutest or acer.
Are you saying that the edutest standard is lower, therefore the spread of results is smaller? Conversely that the ACER test is harder so the spread is larger?
As far as I can see, edutest has ability tests ( e.g. verbal reasoning) and also achievement tests (essay)
I think it's great to have a mix of the two.

DD is sitting a robert allwell one of the weekend, no idea what that involves as they don't release old papers or sample questions.

#12 Fr0g

Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

Well, DS didn't get a scholarship, i knew that last week when one of his friends received a phone call offering a partial scholarship.   Today we received a letter from the school he sat for, showing where his results came in relation to his peers in the Acer exam.

So proud for him!

Anyone else hear yet...?

#13 mum850

Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

No, haven't heard a thing, guess that's a bad sign!

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