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Scholarship Information for Parents

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

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

After the Scholarship testing day, Academic Assessment Services is unable to supply additional information to parents other than that provided by the School.

  • How can I help prepare my child for the examination?
    Please visit our test preparation page:
  • I have applied for my child to sit scholarship exams at two different schools, but they are being held on the same day. Can my child sit the exam on a different day?
    Unfortunately, we have only been asked to provide testing on the one day and have no requests for a second day. We suggest you contact the other school to enquire as to whether they offer an alternative day.
  • If my child is sitting an AAS exam for more than one school, can their results be shared?
    Results cannot be shared between schools (unless the schools are in a Scholarship co-op), students must sit each individual exam.
  • 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.
  • How can I apply for a Scholarship?
    To apply for a Scholarship, you must visit the school’s website and click on the ‘Scholarships’ tab. If applications are open, there will be a link to the AAS registration site.
  • 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.
  • Can I register my child for a scholarship, after registrations close?
    AAS do not accept late applications once registrations close. We test on the behalf of schools and cannot make that decision. You will need to contact the school directly regarding this.
  • 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. For enquires regarding Scholarship outcomes and results, you will need to contact the School directly.
  • When will I receive the Scholarship exam reminder?
    Only the primary parent registered will receive email and SMS reminders. If you have an incomplete application, you will receive a courtesy reminder 10 days prior to the examination day. The email examination reminder will be sent to paid applicants 5 days prior and the SMS exam reminder 2 days prior to the exam day.
  • How many documents can I upload to my child’s application?
    During the registration process, you may be asked to upload documents to support the application. There is a limit of 10 documents per document category. Each document may be up to 5 megabytes and may be PDF, JPG/JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF or PNG files.
  • What does my child need to bring on the Scholarship exam day?
    • On the examination day, your child will need to bring 2 ball point pens, either black or blue. Your child can bring more than 2 pens if they wish. Pencils, erasers and other items such as working out paper will be provided by AAS. • Water in a clear bottle. • Morning tea for the 20-minute recess break (unless the school has advised they are providing this). • Students are permitted to wear analogue watches only.
  • Can my child bring more than 2 pens and why do they have to be blue or black ink?
    Pens are only needed for the writing task. Although pencil cases are not permitted, student can bring more than two pens if required. The pens need to be either blue or black ink otherwise the writing cannot be read by our scanner.
  • What should my child wear on the day?
    You will need to speak to the School to find out what your child should wear on the day.
  • In what order are the assessments taken in?
    Assessments are taken in the following order: General Reasoning and Problem Solving Reading Comprehension Mathematics Achievement and Reasoning Written Expression Each task is around 40-45 minutes in length, except for Written Expression, which is 25 minutes.
  • How many questions are in each exam, and are they all multiple choice?
    AAS cannot provide how many questions there are in each test. For every year level and test set, the number of questions and time duration varies. Except for the Written Expression task, each test is multiple-choice.
  • What will happen if a registration is withdrawn prior to the testing closing date?
    For an online registration, Academic Assessment Services will retain 20% of the registration fee to cover transaction and administrative costs. The balance will be returned to the applicant.
  • What if a registration is withdrawn after the closing date?
    No refund will be given.
  • What if the applicant does not attend the testing day?
    No refund will be given.
  • What if a late registration is withdrawn?
    No refund will be given.
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