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Tips to Ready Your Child for Selective School Entry

As a parent, you aspire to provide your child with the best educational opportunities possible. For many families in Victoria, this includes aiming for a spot in a selective school—a hallmark of academic excellence.

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Hendersons understands the importance of thorough preparation for selective school entry exams and has compiled valuable tips to help parents guide their children on this journey:

1. Start Early

Preparation for selective school entry should ideally begin early to allow sufficient time for skill development and familiarisation with the exam format. Hendersons Educational Services recommends starting preparation at least six months before the exam date. However, if you are starting after this, don't worry, there are still things you and your child can do to prepare for the select entry high school exam.

2. Identify Strengths and Weaknesses

3. Enrol in a Preparation Program

4. Practise Regularly

5. Foster a Positive Mindset

6. Seek Additional Support

7. Stay Informed

Stay up-to-date with important dates, exam formats, and requirements from the selective schools your child is interested in. We provide regular updates in our newsletter, Hendersons News (you can subscribe at the bottom of this page). We also recommend visiting the Victorian Government's Selective Entry High School website and thoroughly reading the information related to your child's preferred school/s. Hendersons also runs free, online information sessions that provide insights into the Victorian school system, examination preparation, and the services on offer from Hendersons.

Preparing your child for selective school entry requires careful planning, dedication, and support. With Hendersons Educational Services by your side, you can ensure that your child is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to excel in the selective school entrance exam.


For more information on our exam preparation Programs for select entry high schools, please download the relevant Program Flyer here.

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