Outstanding OC Test Results 2020 | How did we do it?
Excelling in the OC test serves as a foundation that serve your child in more difficult academic tests such as the; Selective Entrance Exams, Private School Scholarship Exams and the High School Certificate for University entry. At first glance, exam preparation can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, but like with any endeavour there exist certain strategies that are more effective than others.
At Scholarly, the end results of last year’s OC exam were impressive around 30+ students scored above 240, which is compelling. So, is it an overnight change? Of course not, Scholarly get results because they trained their students by focusing on critical elements.
To learn how Scholarly got outstanding OC results, and how we plan on training our students for the Year 5 exam after the change in Selective Test pattern by Cambridge—keep reading.
4 reasons for OC test success.
You will find numerous coaching colleges or academies where you can send your child for preparation, but it is challenging to find a place like Scholarly. So, let what’s the secret to our outstanding results.
We focused on four things, and you can see what happened after following our strict training strategy. Let us explain by giving you a complete overview of our training methods and techniques.
1. Focus on Parents (quality of parent=quality of child)
It is very important for parents to understand that without their effort, your child will never perform up to the mark.
Many parents just send their children to any coaching college or arrange them a tutor, and they think that’s it. No, your job is not done here. You need to be with your child from the beginning to the end. Of course, all parents are trying to do their best, but to get exceptional results, we have to do something extraordinary.
Provide your child with a progressive environment where they can learn fast, without any fear of judgment and pressure. Help your child to grow, and you will grow with them, too. Flexibility, patience, and consistency are the keys here.
2. Overtraining (going beyond the exam)
A usual training routine is not enough at Scholarly, and we go beyond the exam. A lot of practice is key here, and we focus on every child. For young kids, it is always challenging to memorise words, phrases, or even formulas to solve questions. So, repetitive but consistent actions (training tasks) will lead any person to success. We believe you need to beat the exam long before you sit in the exam room, and to do that… YOU NEED TO TRAIN!
3. Focus on English (Vocab)
The Opportunity Class Placement Test is all about English, Thinking Skills, and Writing. These are the main parts where we direct most of our focus. Learning new words is inevitable to succeed in English and Writing, so we always aim to enhance the vocabulary of our students. Again, the entire learning process requires a consistent attitude and practice.
4. One Leader
When there are a lot of teachers, students become confused and puzzled. It is quite challenging for a young mind to absorb different methods of teaching. We all know every trainer/teacher has a different style of teaching or training, so it would be better if only one leader trains the child.
Well, that’s enough for the present, and let’s talk about the future now. Did you know ACER (The Australian Council for Educational Research) conducted the OC exam previously, and now Cambridge is in charge? Did you know the pattern of the OC and Selective test has completely changed? Let us explain what will be our new pattern of learning after this change and how we will prepare our students for Year 5.
Selective school test preparation amid new syllabus changes.
When ACER conducted the exams, it was quite predictable and easy for students to excel in their OC or Selective exams. This time, Cambridge will change the pattern of the test, and it is going to be a lot more difficult. However, nothing is impossible if you are fully trained and prepared.
According to the new pattern, 80% of the Selective exam is based on reading and thinking skills. There will be four parts of the test, so let us shortly explain them all.
This time, reading comprehension will include less poetry and fiction, and the majority of the section will consist of non-fiction questions (cloze passages and reverse comprehensions).
Cloze passages are like fill in the blanks. The only difference between fill in the blanks and close passages is that the latter one is a reading comprehension question.
When it comes to reverse comprehension, it means evaluation. Many students think that evaluation is simple, but let us inform you, it is not. Absolutely not! It requires a lot of training to become an expert.
The thinking skills section will include critical reasoning, logical reasoning, problem-solving questions, and argument analysis. No more General Ability questions and books are not going to help anyone.
The mathematics section is going to be easy because it will include more diagrams, graphs, and interpretations, and no calculations. However, still many students make silly mistakes.
When it comes to the writing section, it is going to be less creative and fiction. You will have to prepare for the unfamiliar writing style. Also, it will include a report, email, letter, review, and essay. The students will have to invest their time in enhancing their non-fiction writing skills.
After the change in the pattern for both exams, we as a coaching college have updated all our programs and materials immediately to the new syllabus.
We will concentrate on the specific materials for Cambridge, and it is our core mission to enhance the thinking skills , reading comprehension, and writing skills of our students.