Scholarship tests

Test Information

Academic Assessment Services conduct scholarship examinations for many schools across Australia.

Our staff are experienced and skilled in ensuring the testing day is a positive experience for your child as possible.

What are Scholarship Tests?

Scholarship tests are designed to identify and distinguish between students of high academic ability. They are more difficult than the normal achievement tests students often take in schools.

They are timed tests assessing how clearly a student can demonstrate higher-order critical thinking skills.

Students are assessed in:

Abstract Reasoning and Problem Solving – this test assesses the ability to reason with and analyse information using verbal, mathematical, figural and spatial concepts.

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.

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.

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 maybe 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.

Please note:  we do not provide sample papers for scholarship testing.

Will we receive a performance report on our child’s results?

This decision is made by each school. Many schools choose not to report results to parents. This information may be found in the School information pack or on the School’s website.

Who decides the awarding of scholarships?

The School is the sole decision maker. Your child’s academic ability is one of many factors taken into account. Usually the School will consider a variety of factors, including an interview. The School will advise you of its own criteria.


Please note:

After the scholarship-testing day, Academic Assessment Services is unable to supply additional information to parent/s. 

Enquiries regarding scholarship outcomes and results must be directed to the School.