assessment

If you seek guidance as to whether your child should sit a scholarship or entrance exam, an individual educational assessment at Hendersons will provide you with clarity. Our educational assessments will reveal any specific strengths and/or weaknesses that a student may have in the core subjects of reading, writing and/or mathematics. Each assessment includes three hours of testing, with each test assessed and graded by a teacher who then provides all results and feedback to the parent, either with or without the child present.

Assessments may be requested by parents who:

  • Want to know if their child should sit for a scholarship, or selective entry exam.
  • Wish to know what their child’s educational standard is.
  • Are concerned there may be gaps in their child’s knowledge and would like practical advice as to how their child may improve upon their skillset, before entering secondary school.

The cost of an individual assessment is $350.

CONTENTS OF THE ASSESSMENTS (3 hours in total)

Writing Test (15, 20 or 25 minutes)

Students are given one topic on which to write a narrative piece. This piece will be marked by the assessor to give the parent a broad overview of their child’s writing abilities.

Reading Test (30 minutes)

Students will complete a standardised test that will give parents an indication as to the level of mastery their child has reached in the subject of reading. Reading assessments are scored based on the expected level of reading mastery appropriate to the students age group.

Mathematics Test (45-60 minutes)

This test is conducted in two parts.

Part 1 > This is a standard test of skills in number, space, measurement, chance and data. The results will include the child’s percentile ranking as an indication of their level of mastery.

Part 2 > This is a short test covering the four basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A percentile ranking is not applied to this test.

Reasoning Test (45 minutes)

These tests provide a measure of natural ability and contain items which draw on the students skills in literacy, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning. Each test provides an overall score of ability and a profile of the student’s performance in each of the three areas.

Appointments may be made by phoning the office, or by email.

Reporting to parents

All tests are corrected at the time of assessment and written comments will be provided to parents. Verbal feedback will be given to parents (either with or without their child present) at the conclusion of the assessment. All tests and answers completed during the assessment are provided to parents to take home to review with their child.

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