FAQs

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about SWAT. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us.


About SWAT 

What is SWAT?

The Selective Written Assessment Test, or SWAT, is a 4-hour examination experience. It occurs annually and is aimed at helping students in Years 3, 4 and 5 prepare for the Opportunity Class (OC), Selective and Scholarship exams.

For Year 5 students, the SWAT exam consists of four papers in English (Reading), Mathematical Reasoning, Thinking Skills and Writing for Years 4 and 5.

For Year 3 and 4, SWAT follows the current format of the OC Test, testing in English (Reading), Mathematics and General Ability.

When will SWAT be held?

SWAT 2021 will be held on a date to be advised.

SWAT was held on Sunday 9 August 2020 at four North Shore Coaching College campuses across Sydney (Chatswood, Surry Hills, Beverly Hills and Parramatta). And due to popular demand, we have opened up new date and time slot for SWAT to be held on Tuesday 11 August 2020 at our Chatswood campus only.

When is the last day to register for SWAT?

SWAT registrations will close at 11:59pm Thursday 6 August 2020 (or earlier if capacity is filled).

How can I register for SWAT? 

SWAT registrations are online only through our website www.swatexam.com.au. You can contact our Head Office on 02 9415 1860 should you require assistance in registering for SWAT online.

How much is SWAT? 

The SWAT registration fee is $68 per student. We do not charge any additional fees and/or credit card payment surcharges.

SWAT is the most affordable ‘big exam experience’ for primary school students currently available.

What is your refund policy?  

The SWAT e-ticket is non-refundable.  

Why should my child sit SWAT?

Practising sitting an examination with hundreds of other students in a large hall reduces test anxiety and improves performance when it comes to the ‘real deal’ (OC/Selective/Scholarship exams).

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are now 4 smaller venues across Sydney hosting SWAT 2020, with the same proven benefits of sitting for a comprehensive standardised examination experience.

At just $68 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 Selective High School Placement Test for Year 5 students and OC Placement Test for Year 3 and Year 4 students.

NOTE: The 2020 Opportunity Class Placement Test has been postponed until September. Accordingly, SWAT 2020 will follow the OC test format for Years 3/4, and the Selective test format for Year 5.

SWAT provides parents with an accurate and detailed assessment of students’ abilities and their likely performance in the actual Opportunity Class Placement Test/Selective High School Placement Test.

Is SWAT similar to the Selective High School Placement Test?

Yes. SWAT papers for Year 4 and 5 students (Year 5 only in 2020) follow the current format of the Selective High School Placement Test, in order to most effectively prepare students who will be sitting for the Selective High School Placement Test in 2020 and beyond. The exam experience will also help with Scholarship exams preparation.

Is SWAT similar to the OC School Placement Test?

Yes. SWAT papers for Year 3 and 4 students follow the current format of the OC Placement Test, which includes testing in English (Reading), Mathematics and General Ability, in order to most effectively prepare students who will be sitting for the OC Placement Test in 2020 and beyond. The exam experience will also help with Selective High School Placement Test and Scholarship exams preparation.

How can my child prepare for SWAT?

  • The OC, Selective and Scholarships tests (which SWAT is based on) are tests of ability rather than curriculum knowledge/performance.
  • In preparation for these tests, you should focus on developing critical thinking, problem solving and active reading skills. The best way to do this is through regular, spaced learning and practice exams. North Shore Coaching College offers various term programs and booster progams providing just that!
  • You can also purchase educational resources at the North Shore Shop, including our very own Practice Papers for Exam Preparation.

For more information, visit our For Students page.

Can my child register on the day of the SWAT test? 

The capacity of the test venues limited and late registration will only be accepted if there is available seating on the day. If the test centre has filled to capacity, we will not accept your application. To secure your spot in Sydney’s best primary school exam experience, register online by Thursday 6 August 2020.


When should we get to the venue?

Please arrive at 1pm so that students can be seated for the test to begin at 2pm, when attending the Sunday 9 August 2020 sitting.

Please arrive by 3:30pm so that students can be seated for the test to begin at 4pm, when attending the Tuesday 11 August 2020 sitting.

Is there a break?

Yes, there will be breaks. Please see the schedule below.

 TimeSchedule (Students)
1:00pmStudents arrive at exam venue
1:30pmAll students seated
1:45pmWelcome to candidates
2:00pmSWAT exam commences 
3:25pmBreak [20 min].
3:45pmExamination recommences
5:10pmCollection of papers
5:30pmStudents are dismissed
Note:At no time will parents be permitted to enter the exam rooms.

Can I sit with my child during the break?

No. Please drop off your child at 1pm and pick them up at approximately 5:30pm, for the Sunday 9 August sitting. For the Tuesday 11 August sitting, please drop off your child by 4:30pm and pick them up at approximately 7pm, for the Tuesday 9 August sitting.

Will I receive my child’s results?

Yes. A comprehensive individual SWAT report, which also details your child’s performance relative to other students, will be emailed to you approximately 3 weeks after the SWAT examination date.  


The Venue

Where is the exam held?

SWAT will be held on Sunday 9 August 2020 at four North Shore Coaching College campuses across Sydney: in Chatswood, in Surry Hills, in Beverly Hills and in Parramatta. And due to popular demand, we have opened a new date and time for the Chatswood venue only for SWAT to be held on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

How do I get there?

Please see the Venue Information page for information on how to get to the SWAT venues.

Is there parking?

Yes. For more information, click here.

Should I stay for the whole 4 hours?

There is no need to stay for the whole 4 hours. All children must be picked up at the end of the examination; please allow for public transport delays/traffic when planning your trip.


Scholarships

What do the scholarships offer?

Top performers in SWAT will be offered one of up to 60 scholarships to study at North Shore Coaching College. Scholarships vary in duration for one term to four terms. They can be used to enrol your child at any of our NSW campuses.

How many scholarships are available?

Up to 60 scholarships will be offered to students in Years 3-5, based on their performance in SWAT. Additional scholarships may be offered depending on student performance.

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships will be awarded to the students who receive the most outstanding results in SWAT in all three year levels. 

When will scholarships be announced?

We will contact parents with scholarship offers after results have been released (approximately 2 weeks after the SWAT exam). Scholarship recipients and high achieving students will generally be invited to the Annual North Shore Coaching College Presentation held in November, however due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel our Annual Presentation. Successful students’ parents will be contacted to arrange trophy and prize collection and photos around September.

SWAT 2020, held on 9 August, was a great success! For parents with children in Years 3-5 in 2021, Register your interest for next year's SWAT now.

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