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Scholarship and Entrance Testing

Scholarship and entrance tests are comprised of the following:

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Numerical Reasoning
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Mathematics
  5. Written Expression
  • Scholarship and entrance exams are more demanding than academic assessment tests, and are specifically written to differentiate the top students with high ability and achievement skills.
  • Provision of diagnostic data - meaningful and useful feedback.
  • The tests are reliable and valid, with data based on normative samples.
  • Edutest conducts scholarship and entrance testing either online or in the traditional pencil and paper format.
  • Schools choose their own dates for testing.
  • Pencil and paper tests are administered by Edutest supervisors, with results being delivered within 7 working days of the testing.
  • Online scholarship tests provide almost instant results.

Scholarship and entrance exams are comprised of Ability tests and Achievement tests.

The Ability tests

Ability tests are designed to measure a child's ability to think, reason and solve problems, without necessarily relying on prior knowledge. Ability generally predicts how quickly a child will be able to learn and the level of complexity they can comfortably deal with.


Verbal Reasoning

30 minutes long


Measures the ability to think and reason using words and language. This includes vocabulary, word relationships, classification and deduction.



Numerical Reasoning

30 minutes long


Measures the ability to think and reason using numbers. This includes series, matrices, arithmetical reasoning and deduction.


The Achievement tests

Achievement tests are designed to measure actual achievement or performance in some key academic areas. Achievement scores are influenced by a child's ability, as well as the application and practise of knowledge that has been learned.


Reading Comprehension

30 minutes long


Measures the capacity to read and interpret meaning from written passages, as well as correct, complete and punctuate sentences.




30 minutes long


Measures year-level appropriate mathematical knowledge, including items tapping numbers, measurement, algebra, space and data.



Written Expression

15 minutes long


This test assesses the ability to convey ideas clearly in written form. Punctuation, creativity, construction, grammar, spelling and relevance to the task are assessed.