NAPLAN Changes
NAPLAN Changes

There have been recent changes to the HSC standards. That is, students will not be able to take part in the HCS without getting at least 8 Bands in Year 9 NAPLAN. Students will now be under a lot of pressure, and now they are going to have to do a test that will determine their further studies and jobs only at the age of 15. Nevertheless there is always a way to get achieve the high goal. The board of studies says “From 2020, all Year 12 students in NSW must reach the minimum standard of numeracy and literacy to receive an HSC. This means students undertaking Year 9 in 2017 will be the first students expected to meet the minimum standard.” That being said students will now have to prepare for Year 9 NAPLAN from as early as mid-Year 8. This has to be done so that students can feel comfortable taking the test and feel confidence in the hard work that they have put in. Even if


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Competitions in Australia
Competitions in Australia

Education is an extremely vital part of an individual’s life; every student takes a different path on their education which leads them to great things. There are many children who are interested in competitions to take their academic knowledge to the next level. However, some of them are unsure of how, when and where to showcase their expertise. There are many competitions in Australia such as Australian Maths Competition (AMC), ICAS and etc. AMC is run by the Australian Maths Trust (AMT), AMT is a 'national not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics for students of all standards'. Here, at K12 we provide our students with all the learning they need to achieve the best results possible in this competition. If a child succeeds in this test, they


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How does my child prepare for opportunity classes and selective high schools?

Selection into an opportunity class or a selective high school is through placement tests help every year for Year 4 and Year 6 students respectively. The Opportunity Class Placement Test is made up of two test papers with 35 questions each containing a mixture of reading, mathematics and general ability questions. The time allowed for these 35 questions is 30 minutes. The Selective High School Placement Test consists of four tests. There are three multiple-choice tests in reading, mathematics and general ability. There are 45 questions in the reading test, 40 questions in the mathematics test and 60 questions in the general ability test. The time allowed for each test is 40 minutes are allowed. The fourth test is a writing test which is 20 minutes long. Since students are generally given less than a minute for each question, the test clearly measures both speed and accuracy.


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What are Opportunity Class and Selective High School Placement Tests?

In New South Wales there are currently 76 government primary schools with classes that cater for high achieving students. They are called Opportunity Classes and many people refer to these as OCs. Selected students attend these classes full time for two years from Year 5 – Year 6. Students hoping to be selected for these classes take the Opportunity Class (OC) Placement Test when they are in Year 4. The majority of students accepting a place in the opportunity classes will leave their current school to attend the school with the opportunity class. Similarly there are high schools from Years 7-12 that cater for high achieving students. Most of these are stand-alone selective high schools. There are some partially selective high schools which have selective streams. The Opportunity Class Placement Test is usually held early in Term 3 towards the end of July. It is for students in


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How can NAPLAN tests help my child?

This is a frequently asked question at K12 Academy in Penrith. We hear parents telling us about how NAPLAN testing is stressing their children. They want to know how such tests can be useful. The K12 response to this is to ask parents and students to look at NAPLAN tests in a larger context. It is a standardised test which means it is designed to measure certain attainment levels against a benchmark. When children do the NAPLAN test their performances are measured against every other student at the same year level in the country, the state, the region and the school. The key word here that we at K12 want to emphasise is performance. The standardised test is not about the child’s ability but about how they perform. It is no different to your child running a 100m race on the school sports day. Some children win their heat and are chosen to run in a quarter final. Some


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HSC Exam preparation

HSC Preparation for students in NSW

Our HSC exam preparation is carried out in groups and also individually at our NSW K12 centre. Initially we group all of the students together to sit at an exam type environment, and we give them the HSC exam papers from the previous years to work on. After “exam” completion the papers are marked by our tutors and revised together with the students.

The right kind of exam preparation

Each student has the possibility to ask questions and speak about their difficulties. The tutors then sit with every student in a one on one session helping them out with the parts they are having problems with. Finally the students are much more prepared because they know what to expect and they have worked on solving topics they were having most difficulties with. At k12 we also offer the group study on self pace. We provide room


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Exam and competitions preparation

Our lessons for exam preparations such as the Naplan exams and Selective School exams are carried out in groups and individually. For competitions such as Mathematics and IT Olymiads and ICAS, we create a combination of group and individual lessons where we go through all of the parts of the competitions.

Naplan

Naplan (The National Assessment Program) is carried out in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, once a year (during the month of May). These tests are necessary to test the child’s progress in basic skills needed in life and education such as reading, numeracy, writing and spelling. It is absolutely natural for a child to have difficulties in a certain skill, so during the preparation we focus on the parts that they are having the most trouble with. Finally we provide them with the possibility to sit at an exam type environment so that they can get the feeling for an e


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Group and Individual lessons

Group lessons are great for children to learn team work and to learn from each other. We like to create collaborative groups so children have the possibility to make good friendships along with studying.

But group lessons may not be the best solution for every child.

Some children have a difficulty focusing in group environments, they may get bored or lose concentration or they may have a hard time asking questions and talking about their difficulties. In these situations individual personalized lessons are a much better choice in order to ensure maximum tuition benefits for the child.


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