Selective High School Preparation

Build Your Child’s Confidence for their Selective School Exam.

Empower your child with the best tutoring for selective schools in Sydney at Maths Words Not Squiggles. During specialised lessons and courses, our expert tutors familiarise students with past exam papers and question styles. Together with invaluable exam tips and strategies, students can become confident and well-prepared to perform at their best in their selective high school exams.


To achieve this end goal, we recommend a combination of Weekly Tutoring and our Selective High School Intensive Holiday Course. Enrol in selective school tutoring below and increase your child’s chances of admission into a school that can academically support them!

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Individual Lessons

For those students who may be slightly behind in their work or unable to focus within a group environment, we recommend an Individual Lesson.

Micro Groups

Maximum of 3 students – Our Micro Groups are designed for students who work well with others and enjoy the team building atmosphere.

Tuition Fees

Primary: Kindy – Yr6
Micro Group: $58/hr
Individual: $91/hr

Selective School Holiday Course

(Year 6 Students)

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Providing your child with the edge they need to succeed.

Our intensive selective school test preparatory course, best taken with weekly tutoring sessions, goes beyond conventional exam preparation and provides a strategic approach to success.


We expose them to a range of past papers, which expands their existing knowledge of selective school tests’ core subjects. Additionally, it provides an avenue to simulate testing conditions, which teaches students to develop essential test-taking skills. These include time management, problem-solving, educated guessing and reading comprehension.


If your child is academically gifted but suffers from test-taking pressure, our selective school tutoring and intensive holiday courses are great ways to prepare them. Below, we’ve provided more information on the course. When you’re ready, fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page to provide your child with the best tutoring for selective schools in Sydney.

Course Information


Dates: Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th April 2024


Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm each day


Price: $475


Early Enrolment Price: $395*

* Enrol before 06/04/24 to receive the early enrolment price.

Hear what our parents & students have to say

It requires a strategic and personalised approach to prepare for a selective school test. At Maths Words Not Squiggles, we try to determine every student’s strengths and weaknesses so we can work on improving them. We collaborate with experienced tutors for selective schools. Their job entails guiding students, reviewing and mock testing students on past exam papers. Using the results of these tests, we can identify what areas your child needs to work on, emphasising subject-specific insights.

Additionally, selective school tutoring involves teaching effective time management and exam strategies. These skills ensure students feel confident and well-prepared on exam day.

Even for academically gifted students, getting into a selective school in Australia is challenging due to various kinds of pressure. That’s why we’ve designed our selective school tutoring in Sydney to help your child manage them and prepare for the exam not just academically but confidently. Our experienced tutors for selective schools use targeted methods to give them the various tools to ace their exams.

A good score depends on where your child is taking their selective school test. For instance, the Selective High Schools Test in New South Wales has a maximum score of 300 — 100 points each for Reading, Maths and General Ability. The cut-off scores for selective high schools typically range from 230–260. This means students must at least aim to get a score that falls within that range.


However, the raw selective school test score is less important than the student’s percentile ranking. The top 5–10% of test takers, with scores of around 250–270, are considered to be in a great position to be admitted into the most selective schools.


Meanwhile, a score that places a child in the top 15–20%, likely around 230–250, can be enough to enter mid-range selective schools. At Maths Words Not Squiggles, we work with your child to help them get a selective school test score that increases their chances of admission into schools that can nurture them academically.

It depends on the student, and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses is essential to improve preparation for a selective school test. In general, we recommend doing the following: 

  • Learn the selective school test’s format — Gain a comprehensive understanding of the format of the selective school test in your region. Insight into the structure, question types and time constraints is essential. At Maths Words Not Squiggles, we use past exams to prepare for current and upcoming tests and their formats. 
  • Work on the test’s core skills — Focus on developing the core skills tested in the exam, encompassing reading, maths, critical thinking and vocabulary. Targeted exercises and practice help students build a strong foundation for selective school tests, helping them to become more confident. 
  • Perform mock testing — Mock tests simulate exam conditions, allowing students to familiarise themselves with the pressure, time constraints and question styles. Our tutors for selective school tests apply mock testing scenarios to gain valuable insights into areas that need improvement for each student.

Opting for selective school tutoring is a proactive step towards improvement. Our experienced tutors specialise in these exams and offer targeted guidance that goes beyond generic study methods. During individual or micro group sessions, we work on mock testing, strategic skill development and specialised tutoring. Selective school tutoring and prep courses equip students with the knowledge and skills to ace their selective school tests. 

The number of students accepted into selective schools fluctuates yearly. However, our primary focus is providing the best coaching for selective school tests. We aim to prepare students to perform at their highest potential, maximising their chances of success regardless of the competitive nature of admissions.

Yes! We have experienced tutors for selective school testing, which means they specialise in getting students prepared for these exams. You can learn more about our amazing tutors by exploring our page or reaching out to us!

We offer the flexibility of both online and in-person tutoring for selective school exams here at Maths Words Not Squiggles. We accommodate the preferences and schedules of our students. As much as we can, we provide access to our high-quality tutoring services in a mode that suits our students best. 

We offer weekly tutoring and intensive holiday courses at any of our tutoring centres (or online) in Sydney. We have locations at the Northern Beaches, Sutherland Shire and South Sydney. 


To enrol your child in selective schools tutoring at Maths Words Not Squiggles or Maths and English tutoring, fill out the contact form on this page or contact us. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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Since 2003, MWNS has been helping build confident learners by teaching personalised, enjoyable and productive Maths & English lessons both face-to-face and online.


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