OC Test | Scholarly’s Process and Strategy for OC Success

At scholarly, we focus on 4 things to achieve great results: parent-and-student-relations, overtraining (going beyond the school curriculum), English/GA, vocabulary, and one leader. This year, we recorded great results from our students at scholarly. 15 kids above 250,  34 kids scored above 240 in the OC exams, out of the 34, 29 got scholarships. In this article, we will be discussing the process and strategy we used to achieve these good results.

1.Parents and Student relations

For kids to pass their exams, parents should take responsibility of training their kids at home. As a coaching college that focuses on group tutoring, we have been privileged to have diligent and hardworking parents who have supported us in our coaching process. These parents always made sure their kids watch the class videos, read the learning materials, and complete their assignments on time. Indeed, these parents have been 100% instrumental to our success. Without these committed parents, we would not achieve such huge milestones.

Before admitting students to our tutoring classes, we first ask their parents if they are committed to guiding their kids in the right direction. This is because we have realized that the kids’ performance reflects the quality of the parenting and guidance they receive at home. We usually advise parents to create time for their kids and spend enough time with them. We understand that some parents get extremely busy with work, but in the long run, without proper parental guidance, your child is not likely to pass the exams.

2. Overtraining

We focus on overtraining our students. We go beyond the normal learning curriculum. Many parents who have gone through our OC training program know that our child test programs are way more difficult than the OC exams. For students in year 4, for example, we train them up to the year 6 level. When we shared our weekly online trial tests with our parents recently, many of them complained about the difficulty of the questions we had given their kids. Most parents don’t understand that for their kids to pass the exam, they need to train beyond the standard of that exam. This helps them to tackle tough questions, reduce nervousness and manage their time well during the actual exams. We have always
employed this strategy to achieve our exemplary results.

3. English/GA vocabulary

Most of the time, parents tend to focus on math while ignoring the English vocabulary. Most OC exam math tests are easy, and therefore the focus should really be on English. This is because in the OC exams, most children fail the reading comprehension and the vocabulary questions yet these are special areas of focus for scoring high in the OC exams. The kids need to prepare well in these two areas by memorizing 100 words a week and reading passages. That’s why we spend 80 % of our time at scholarly on English and vocabulary which has paid off quite well so far.

4. One leader

Most coaching centers have failed to focus on this important factor. At scholarly, we have one leader who is in charge of everything. The leader oversees all the learning material development and the classes. As a leader, I teach classes myself. This is important for accountability purposes. As a parent, it is difficult to monitor the progress of your child in a tutoring center where many teachers are involved. It is not also easy to know your kid’s teachers personally. It is extremely difficult to tell if they have the right qualifications for tutoring. This is why it is important to have a single coach. With full control of their classes, they can deliver better and clearer instruction as a single tutor.

Preparing for the Selective and OC exams

In this section, we will focus primarily on how we have been training year 5 s and year 6s students at Scholarly. Nowadays, Selective exams have completely changed and are now run by Cambridge and not Acer. Now that Cambridge is running the exams, there are much more non-fiction questions that are centered on closed passage and evaluation. The four main tested subjects are reading comprehension, thinking skills, math, and writing skills.

1.Reading comprehension

In the reading comprehension, the main difference between Cambridge and Acer is that there is less poetry and fiction in the Cambridge exams. The Cambridge tests are now centered around closed passages and evaluation. Although there is still poetry and fiction in these tests, the focus is more on non-fiction work.

2. Thinking skills

There is no GA in the Cambridge tests. The focus is on critical reasoning, problem-solving, logical reasoning, and argument analysis. Thinking skills entirely reading-based. And so, a lot of these tests will require much deeper levels of English comprehension.

3. Math

Math will be about logical diagrams and graphs rather than calculations. This is much easier and as a result, students should spend 80% of their time on reading and thinking skills.

4. Writing skills

Before, most of the writing was creative. The questions were open-ended. However, the new Cambridge style is primarily non-fiction. But what non-fiction translate to for the passages the students will have to write. This means students will be asked to write either reports, essays, letters, or reviews.

At scholarly, we have already come up with a coaching curriculum similar to the Cambridge testing style. We give students many questions just to expand their logical reasoning. In the reading and thinking skills section, we focus on one key area every single week. For graph questions, we focus on graph analysis and diagrammatic analysis for a whole week. In article writing, we provide a writing formula for the kids using our original samples for the kids while also encouraging them to master complex English vocabulary.

Many people might view our system as difficult. But at the end of the day, we do our best by providing the right and timely materials for our students. Our goal is to help our students pass their OC exams, get into selective schools and receive competitive scholarships.

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