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  • 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!
  • If you are spending too much time on one question, mark it with a circle or asterisk in the question paper, fill in the bubble on the answer sheet, and move on.
  • If there is less than one minute left and you have not completed all the questions, fill in all the bubbles for the remaining questions. Never leave any questions blank; 25% chance is better than 0% chance!
  • If you finish all the questions and have time remaining, go back to any questions you circled and look at them again.
DO:DON’T:
Get a good night’s sleep, have a nutritious breakfast on the day and arrive at the test centre earlyCram, skip breakfast, or be late
Stay calm and level-headed. Take deep breaths, drink water, and go into the exam room feeling confident.Panic. You have prepared well; the best thing to do now is to remain calm and focused.
Focus on the questions and answers, and check you are filling in the bubble for the right question.Try to find ‘patterns’ in the multiple choice bubbles.
Try to work as quickly and as accurately as possible.Worry about questions you have to make an educated guess about — the test is designed to be hard!

Years 3 and 4

Here are some tips for time management in the Opportunity Class Placement Test (applicable for students in Year 3, and Year 4 in 2020):

  • The OC test consists of two papers, each of 35 questions. There are a total of 20 questions in Reading, 20 questions in Mathematics and 30 questions in General Ability.
  • You have 30 minutes for each paper, so allow about 1 minute for each question.
  • Check you are on time at the 10-minute and 20-minute mark.

Year 5

Here are some tips for time management in the Selective High School Placement Test, applicable for students in Year 4 and 5 (Year 5 only for 2020):

  • There are 60 questions in the General Ability section, 45 questions in Reading and 40 questions in Mathematics. You have 40 minutes for each of these sections. You have 20 minutes for the Writing section.
  • Allow about one minute for each exam question in Mathematics.
  • Allow about two minutes for three exam questions in General Ability.
  • Allow about 30 seconds for each question in Reading, not including the time it takes to read the passages. Read the questions associated with the passage.
  • Check you are on time at the 20-minute and 30-minute mark.
  • If you are spending too much time on one question, mark it with a circle or asterisk in the question paper, fill in the bubble on the answer sheet, and move on.

UPDATE: SWAT 2020 will still be going ahead on Sunday 9 August. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are now 4 venues across Sydney hosting SWAT (Chatswood, Surry Hills, Beverly Hills & Parramatta).

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