Academic Scholarships (Online) 2021

Key Information:

  • All 2021 Academic Scholarships for 2023 will be held online
  • There are specific device requirements to sit the online assessment
  • Registration Closes: Wednesday 28 July 2021 at 4.00 pm
  • Registration fee: $100
  • Academic Scholarship Testing Day is Saturday 7 August 2021
  • Apply For Academic Scholarship
  • For further information regarding enrolments or Scholarship Program, please contact the Admissions Office

T: (03) 9703 8111




This Scholarship is available to students entering Year 5 to Year 11 in 2023. 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 online practice exams are available and are part of the registration process.

The best preparation is for your child is to be relaxed and refreshed for the testing day. A good night’s sleep is very important.

During the test session your child should:

  • Review directions carefully
  • 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 2022.


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 Berwick Grammar.
  • When completing the registration, ensure that you select the correct year level in 2023.
  • When your application is complete, you will be contacted by email on Friday 30 July 2021 by Academic Assessment Services regarding the online testing. Students will need to be available on Saturday 31 July or Sunday 1 August 2021 to do a 10 minute practice test. Students who have not completed the practice test will not be permitted to sit the online exam on Saturday 7 August 2021.
  • ALL candidates (external and internal) applying for the Academic Scholarship must sit the examination advertised date. Unfortunately, no alternative arrangements can be made.
  • 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 2022.


Online Scholarships Technical Requirements

To participate in these scholarships from home you will need access to the following equipment.

Supported Devices

  • Laptop / Notebook
  • Desktop

Note: iPads or other tablet devices are not supported.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows O/S:

  • Version 8/8.1
  • Version 10

Mac O/S:

  • macOs 15 Catalina
  • macOS 14 Mojave
  • macOS 13 High Sierra
  • macOS 12 Sierra

Supported Web Browsers

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • A minimum screen resolution of 1024 width x 768 height
  • Web Camera
  • Internet connection with minimum bandwidth of 512 kbps

If you do not have access to these requirements and want to participate in these scholarships, please contact the school and we will see how we may be able to best assist you.


Examination Schedule

8.30 am Candidates should log in to the assessment portal.
8.45 am Testing commences.
10.35 am Recess break.
11.00 am Testing recommences for students.
12.40 pm Testing concludes for students.

Technical support will be available for families having difficulties on the day. This information will be provided to all students sitting the assessments.


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 2022.



Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q:Why does the school hold its examination almost 12 months prior to the commencement of the Scholarship term?


 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 Berwick Grammar, is she/he able to apply for an Academic Scholarship?
A: Existing students of St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar 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.


Students will have access to up to 4 practice online papers prior to the assessment day.

Please note 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 2023.
Q: My child did not sit NAPLAN in 2020 due to COVID what should I do?
A: The school uses NAPLAN as part of its assessment process when considering entry to the school, which is why latest NAPLAN results are requested in the scholarship portal.

The school understands that NAPLAN was not completed in 2020 due to COVID. Therefore ask if the candidate is in Grade 5 and above that their last set of NAPLAN results be provided. If the candidate is in Grade 3 and is yet to receive NAPLAN results or is currently in Grade 4 we understand that results will not be possible to be provided, so please skip this request.


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