John Monash Science School is
a selective entry high school for up to 660 Year 10 to 12 students.
This specialist school focuses on Science, Mathematics and
associated technologies. It opened in February 2010 with 220
Year 10 students. They will have their first
The school has been built in
the grounds of Monash University, Clayton. Selection is by
Academic Assessment and [perhaps] an Interview. Further details
about the school and the enrolment conditions can be found at www.jmss.vic.edu.au.
The format for the exam is
Written Expression -Demonstrating an
interest and passion for Science. Two pieces of 25 minutes
Mathematics - 30 minutes for 60
Science Based Reading and Reasoning - 30
minutes for multiple choice questions ..... our students thought
about 40 questions.
Numerical Reasoning - 30 minutes for 50
Writing - our emphasis here is on the organisation
of this type of essay, the use of effective language and the way to
express a point of view or an argument.
(four half days or two whole days).
We focus on Maths problem
solving and exam technique. These workshops are not about training
in the basic processes of Mathematics. Students entering for
JMSS should already be proficient at Maths. (over nearly
twenty years we have gathered from students information about the
questions used in exams).
There are two stages in
solving any problem.
Analysis – what is this problem really about?
What data does the question have which may help
– the skills that will help to solve the problem.
Comprehension - A one-day course to teach
students the skills of inferential reading as well as how to
interpret maps, diagrams, charts, and illustrations. To select from
answers which include partly correct answers, common errors of
reasoning and misconceptions requires students to analyse the text
Reasoning - A half-day course to look at examples of
questions so as to increase confidence in this style of reasoning.
These tests do not require any great amount of scientific
knowledge but usually only need common knowledge and an ability to
apply this logically.
Numerical Reasoning- A
one-day course to look with students at the skills that Numerical
Reasoning tests are examining. Numerical Reasoning Tests
measure the degree to which people can work comfortably with
Exams - are fundamental to our program. Every
practice exam comes with complete performance analysis with
detailed explanation for every answer. We provide you with
the most authentic testing experience outside of the actual
exam. Results and corrected papers are handed back to
students and parents within fifteen minutes of the conclusion of
the exam with written explanations.