(Selective Written Assessment Test)
What is SWAT?
The Selective Written Assessment Test, or SWAT, is a mock examination experience that occurs annually and is aimed at helping Primary school students in Years 3, 4 and 5 prepare for the Opportunity Classes (OC) Placement Test, Selective High School Placement Test and Scholarship exams.
For Year 5 students, the SWAT exam tests Reading, Mathematical Reasoning, Thinking Skills and Writing. Year 5 students will need to bring their own device to sit the exam.
The following devices are supported:
- Android tablet (10 inches and above)
- Windows tablet (10 inches and above)
- Desktop PC/iMac
The following internet browsers are supported:
- Firefox 70+ (Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac OSX)
- Internet Explorer 11+ (Windows 7, 8, 10)
- Safari 6+ (Mac OSX)
- Chrome 28+
The following operating systems are supported:
- Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10
- MacOSX 10.8+
- iOS 10.3+
- Android 5+
For Year 3 and 4, the SWAT exam will include three full-length OC papers, testing in Reading, Mathematical Reasoning and Thinking Skills (the new OC Placement Test format as announced by the Department of Education on 25 March 2021).
Why SWAT? | What are the benefits of my child sitting the SWAT exam?
Through North Shore Coaching College’s over 30 years of educational experience, we have found that practising sitting an examination in a test environment reduces test anxiety and improves performance when it comes to the ‘real deal’ (OC/Selective/Scholarship exams).
At just $75 per student, SWAT is the most affordable ‘big exam experience’ for Primary school students currently available. We also pride ourselves on creating expertly-developed academic content, with the SWAT papers following the current format of the OC and Selective High School Placement Tests.
Also included in the cost of your SWAT ticket is entry into gaining a scholarship to study at North Shore Coaching College (‘Young Achiever’ and ‘High Achiever’ courses) . There are up to 60 scholarships on offer.
How are SWAT results reported?
All SWAT candidates will receive an accurate and detailed assessment in the form of a report emailed to parents up to 2 weeks after the SWAT exam.