Academic Scholarships 2022

Key Information:

  • Online Registration Closes: Saturday 10 October 2020 at 4.00 pm
  • Online Registrations for Remote / Distance or Overseas Closes Saturday 2 October 2020 at 4.00 pm
  • Registration fee: $100
  • Registration fee Remote / Distance Testing: $275
  • Registration fee Overseas Testing: $300
  • Academic Scholarship Testing Day is Saturday 17 October 2020 (Prior week for Remote / Distance or Overseas Applicants)
  • Apply For Academic Scholarship
  • For further information regarding enrolments or Scholarship Program, please contact the Admissions Office

T: (03) 9703 8111

E: enrol@stmargarets.vic.edu.au

 

Background

This Scholarship is available to students entering Year 5 to Year 11 in 2022. Candidates who reach a pre-determined level of academic performance in the initial examination, will be short-listed and invited for an interview with the Principal or relevant Head of School.

An Academic Scholarship can provide up to 50% remission of annual tuition fees and is offered until the end of Year 12. Consolidated charges and any additional tuition fees (i.e. music, drama, tennis, etc) remain at full charge.

The examination will consist of four components:

  1. Abstract Reasoning and Problem Solving – this test assesses the ability to reason with and analyse information using verbal, mathematical, figural, and spatial concepts.
  2. Mathematics Achievement and Reasoning – for primary and junior secondary students these tests assess curriculum-related mathematics tasks and mathematical reasoning tasks. Middle and senior secondary students are assessed on mathematics reasoning tasks. These are different to curriculum-based mathematics and focus on problem-solving skills.
  3. Reading Comprehension – this test assesses the ability to remember, locate, analyse, evaluate, derive, and combine text propositions with fiction and non-fiction texts of increasing complexity.
  4. Written Expression – this test assesses students’ facility with written language. A stimulus is provided for students to produce a piece of writing in a particular genre (e.g. narrative or argument) depending on the requirements of the school.

Each task is around 40-45 minutes in length, except for Written Expression, which is 25 minutes. These tasks measure how a child performs in relation to the cohort sitting the exam.

Students and parents need to be aware that these tests may be demanding and that not all students will complete each test within the time allowed. It is important students do not spend too much time on questions they find too difficult.

Special preparation or coaching is not likely to improve your child’s results and past papers are not available. The best preparation is to arrive relaxed and refreshed for the testing day. A good night’s sleep is very important.

 

During the test session your child should:

  • Listen carefully to directions
  • Read questions carefully and not rush
  • Sometimes it is wise to read a question a second time
  • Use a process of elimination to choose the best answer
  • If a question is too difficult, it is better to leave the answer space blank and come back later if there is time
  • Always match the answer number correctly from the test booklet to the answer sheet
  • Remember that nobody is expected to answer all questions

Short-listed candidates will be contacted directly by the school and appointments for interview will be scheduled shortly after the testing. Offers will take place at the conclusion of interviews for those candidates who have been successful.

A written report with an analysis of each candidate’s examination performance will be provided by the organisation conducting the testing. This report will be forwarded to the postal details provided at the time of the online registration and it is expected that this should be received by no later than Friday 30 March 2020.

 

Academic Scholarship Application Information

  • You will need a current email address and valid credit/debit card.
  • Apply through our scholarship portal.
  • Complete online registration (registrations are only accepted online, by the advertised close date and time and with payment of the registration fee)
  • The registration fee is payable irrespective of current enrolment status with the school.
  • Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be delivered in a printable form directly from Academic Assessment Service as part of the online registration process.
  • As part of the online registration process, each applicant will be required to respond to questions which may cover:
    • Her/his academic, sporting, co-curricular activities, and areas of ability and excellence.
    • Any family connection, past or present, with St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School.
  • When completing the registration, ensure that you select the correct year level in 2022.
  • ALL candidates (external and internal) applying for the Academic Scholarship must sit the examination advertised date. Unfortunately, no alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Country and overseas candidates can sit the examination remotely. When applying, please select either the Distance or Remote Application option or the Overseas Application Options. Terms and Conditions apply. Please note that we consider remote/distance to be more than a 3-hour drive from the school.
  • A written report from the testing agency will provide parents with an analysis of their child’s examination performance. This should be received by no later than Wednesday 31 March 2021.

 

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP TEST DAY

  • Testing will be held at the Berwick Campus of St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar.
  • Candidates are asked to arrive between 8.10 am and 8.30 am for registration in the Rosanove Auditorium. Please register no later than 8.30 am.

 

Access to the School

  • Candidates and their families are asked to enter via the St Margaret’s Place (St Margaret’s Place is off Melville Park Drive). Please note that the Gloucester Avenue entrance will be closed.
  • Drive along St Margaret’s Place, through the school gates, and follow the road to the roundabout.
  • Turn left at the roundabout and park in the car park. ALL families are to ONLY park in this car park.
  • The Rosanove Auditorium is the large terracotta-roofed building immediately to the front of the car park.
  • Please arrive promptly and allow time to park your car, as there will be large numbers of families arriving at the same time.

 

How the Day Will Run

  • Candidates should wear comfortable casual clothes. Those students sitting for entry into Year 7 or above should bring 2 blue or black ballpoint pens. Plain water in an unlabelled clear plastic bottle can be taken into the examination room. All other materials will be provided including pencils.
  • Plan to arrive by 8.10 am to allow time for parking and morning registration. Being late may unsettle your child.
  • Allow time for your child to use the toilet before the first test session. Interruptions may affect results.
  • The best preparation for your child is to arrive relaxed/refreshed for the testing day. A good night’s sleep is very important.
  • Entry for late arrivals is at the sole discretion of the test supervisor.
  • The Admission’s Office will contact parents who have advised via the online registration process of any medical issues to discuss this with you by no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 14 October 2020.
  • Medication must be clearly labeled with the candidate’s name and placed in a suitable plastic pocket. All medication will be received by staff from the Admission’s Office and supervised accordingly. Parents may be required to wait in our or near our school during the exam to administer medication if necessary.
  • Candidates will also be directed to bathroom facilities as necessary.
  • Please clearly label any items mentioned above with the name of your child prior to your arrival.

Parents can remain in the Auditorium and wait for their child/ren to complete the examination but are not able to walk around the school grounds.

Examination Schedule

8.10 am Candidates arrive with parents/guardians at St Margaret’s School (Berwick Campus), Rosanove Auditorium. Candidates’ arrival and testing arrangements will be confirmed.
8.30 am Candidates escorted to examination rooms.
8.45 am Testing commences.
10.35 am Recess break. (Please provide a healthy nut-free snack for your child)

(To comply with examination criteria, parents will not be able to meet with their child/children during this break.)

11.00 am Testing recommences for students.
12.40 pm Testing concludes for students.
12.45 pm Students will be available for collection from the St Margaret’s School, Rosanove Auditorium.
1.15 pm The school requests that all candidates are collected by this time.

 

Offers and Acceptance of Academic Scholarships

  • Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview as soon as is practically possible. Please do not contact the school, as the timetable to contact parents to arrange interviews involves both campus’ and covers at least a four-week period.
  • Successful candidates will be notified in writing and provided with seven (7) days to indicate their acceptance or otherwise of the school’s offer. If acceptance is not received by this time, the school reserves the right to withdraw the offer.
  • Candidates who have been unsuccessful will be notified in writing at the earliest opportunity – this should be by no later than Wednesday 31 March 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL’S DECISION IS FINAL

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

 

Q: How many Scholarships are offered each year?
A: This varies each year and depends on the calibre of candidates.
Q: What financial support does the Academic Scholarship provide?
A: The Academic Scholarship can provide up to 50% remission of annual tuition fees for the term of the Scholarship. 
Q: If my/our child is currently attending St Margaret’s or Berwick Grammar School, is she/he able to apply for an Academic Scholarship?
A: Existing students of St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School can apply for all Scholarships.
Q: Why do I have to pay a $100 Registration Fee for the Academic Scholarship?
A: The Registration Fee covers the services of the school’s external testing organisation, who provides you with a report on your child’s performance in the examination in addition to the administrative costs to the school.
Q: Does my child have to sit the academic examination if she/he is applying for the Music Scholarship?
A: It is highly recommended that candidates sit the Academic testing, however, this test is not compulsory for Music Scholarship applications.
Q: How can I/we best prepare for our child’s examination?
A: The academic examination assesses acquired knowledge and intellectual ability. There is no short-term process that can provide a recipe for success. Allowing your child to rest well prior to the examination, providing encouragement and not overburdening your child with unrealistic responsibilities and expectations; having your child arrive on time at the school and equipped properly – will all assist. Papers from previous examinations are not available, but the online application process does link to explanations regarding the nature of the examination.
Q: What should my child wear on the day of academic testing?
A: Comfortable casual clothes.
Q: By what means do we learn of our child’s success, or otherwise?
A: Academic Scholarship Short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an interview with the school’s Principal or relevant Head of School. Decisions regarding offers will be made by the Principal and confirmed by Letter of Offer. Once the selection process has concluded an email will be sent to all those whose child’s application has been unsuccessful. All candidates will receive a certificate showing their individual results from the testing day.
Q: Why does the school hold its examination almost 12 months prior to the commencement of the Scholarship term?
A: The school receives a large number of Scholarship applications. The processing of these applications, interviews, etc, takes a considerable amount of time. The timing of the academic exam provides us with the time necessary to provide thorough consideration of each application and forward plan for new students entering the school in 2022.
Q: If we do not live in close proximity to either campus, will we find St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar too far away?
A: Both campuses of the school are serviced by many transport options, and the Bus Timetable, in particular, can be viewed on the website www.stmargarets.vic.edu.au >Admissions >Bus Schedule/Timetable for further details. There is also a morning and afternoon connecting bus service between St Margaret’s School (Berwick Campus) and Berwick Grammar School (Officer Campus).
Q: We live currently live overseas but we’re moving to Melbourne. Can my child sit the exam? 
A: Your child can sit the scholarship. When applying please select Overseas Application.
Q: I live in a remote area or I live a long distance from the school, can my child sit the scholarship remotely?
A: Your child can sit the scholarship remotely (We consider remote/distance to be more than a 3-hour drive from the school). When applying please select Remote or Distance Application. 

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