For a current year 8 student from another selective school to prepare a transfer to;
- Ruse (Edutest – 29 July)
- NSB (their own test – Jul/Aug)
- Baulko (it seems like it might the first time that Baulko is using Edutest - Jul/Aug)
Would anyone be able to share advice (based on your experience, or know someone who has) in sitting for year 9 entry exam?
Bought 3 practice exams from Edutest website, but it looked generic, and thought surely they are much harder for Ruse and Baulko.
Any sights on NSB transfer exam would be very helpful as well.
ok i posted smth earlier this yr abt edutest - it’s genuinely not that hard, it’s about how fast you are not abt how smart u are
i’ll js recap the important things
i got into nsg (which also uses edutest) and the main things i did to prepare were the victorian selective past papers (since the test style is quite similar) i did buy the edutest practice tests in y9 (when i tried out for ruse) however i think that they are simply too easy and not worth spending money on
ultimately what i found is that edutest is not a difficult test, you just need to be able to do questions quickly
for maths i would suggest brushing up on mental maths (from memory it is not calculator) as u need to be able to do questions very quickly (it’s like 60 in 30 mins)
there’s also a mathematical reasoning component which involves sequences number patterns fibonacci sequences stuff like that so i’d highly suggest doing some icas/amc style questions
reading is honestly not difficult naplan level at most
for verbal reasoning i think reading (to expand vocabulary) more as well as just doing some like thinking skills/ga practice questions would be beneficial
writing will likely be creative but i think it’s marked super easily or smth (dk how i did good on that tbh)
i also got into baulko (when there was no test) so lmk if u want any extracurricular advice (now is the perfect time to build things, particularly if u don’t get in for y9 entry, it’ll look even better for y11 entry)
best of luck!!