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How to prepare for OC test? | Live expert Q&A

When should you start preparation for the OC test?

This is the most common question that many parents ask. Most parents usually want to know when to start and stop the preparation and the type of preparation to make. It all depends on your goal. If you want to get into a top 10 selective or a private school scholarship, you probably need to start in year one or year two. You should begin as early as possible. But if you’re just aiming for top 20 or top 30 selective, then you could probably start later.
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It also depends on your child’s abilities. If your kid is brilliant, you don’t need to start the preparation early. If you have also been teaching your kid over the years from when they were in kindergarten, then you don’t need to start early. But generally, to be safe, the earlier you start, the better. Because you need to understand that it’s not just the preparation, but how receptive your kid is to that preparation. And so, the earlier you start, obviously, the easier it becomes for you as parents to guide your kids through that process as they develop the habit of working.

What is the proportion of GA questions and thinking skills questions?

Based on the sample tests, the OC, and what happened in the 2021 Selective school test, it could be 20% or a little lower than that. In the previous tests, there has been positioning questions where you position people, some old logical reasoning style questions, and some spatial reasoning from before. But apart from that, there’s not really that much else.

My daughter is in year two now. What should I do to make her interested in learning skills?

It would be best if you started by helping her read book-themed movies. Harry porter is a good example. This will build her reading capacity, vocab, and writing skills. To develop her verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills, you can do bond books. Bond books are good. But again, you need to understand that they’re not really tailored towards the new Cambridge skills test. If you are looking for something more tailored, you need a consultant for additional coaching.

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My eight-year-old boy is constantly struggling with fiction and writing. What should I do?

The big concern here is with his analytical skills. The only way to overcome this is by practicing.

How are students given homework, and who marks them while being enrolled at Scholarly?

The parents mark the homework for English, math, and thinning skills for every single subject. So, for math and thinking skills, work solutions are given for every single question. And then, writing homework is checked individually. So, you’re given feedback when you’re writing for every single writing piece that you do.

An absurd idea that parents should stop is this idea of subjecting your kids to many activities to make them all rounded. They read books here and there, they do all these different activities, and they end up being mediocre at absolutely everything. They don’t good at anything. It’s better to find one or two strengths and work on developing them thoroughly. Being a specialist is not being in be a professional. So think carefully about what you want to do. Because if you don’t really think about your future and are just doing things like mindlessly, and you’re following what everybody else is doing, you will fail.

Finally, it would be best if you built your child’s speaking abilities and expressive abilities. This is because as they get higher and higher academically, they will realize that world needs more speakers and people who can actually communicate.

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I have had several conversations with parents. And one really interesting conversation that I’ve been having is the conversation between first-generation migrants versus second-generation Australian migrants. On the other hand, second-generation migrants are not willing to push their kids as much as first-generation migrants. Their excuse is that they don’t want to overpower and stress them. I have realized that all our decisions come from our triggers. Most migrants are filled with uncertainty, and so they have to keep working hard and push their kids in that direction. This is why most migrants succeed in foreign countries. Because your life is so filled with fear, it’s almost like you have no choice. So, you keep on working hard, and you keep pushing your kids in that direction.

There is a striking difference between the kids of first-generation migrants and those of second-generation migrants at school. The former do whatever they are told and get their work done, while the latter, even with their high IQ, are more relaxed. From our experience with kids at Scholarly, we send many migrants to selective schools compared to native kids. So again, as a parent, your duty is to coach and nurture your kid to secure a bright future for them. With the current trends in Australia, where millions of skilled foreigners live, the competition for jobs will be super high in the next few years. Big companies don’t employ people based on nationality but based on talents.

Second-generation kids whose parents speak English at home usually do a lot better than first-generation kids because their parents don’t speak English properly. But surprisingly, some first-generation kids do better than second-generation kids because they get prepared well for the exam.

20-30 years ago, there were very few Asians in selective schools because whites dominated them. With the onset of migration in the 1980s and 1990s, there are currently many migrants in particular schools, including James Ruse, where you cannot get into if you are not a migrant. This means that If you are a second-generation Asian, you’re going to be racially profiled, and more importantly, you need to work harder to work hard to compete against the rest. So if you are a parent who’s not willing to push your child, the future is not going to look too good for you.

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