HOW TO GET INTO CARINGBAH HIGH SCHOOL
Updated April 2020
Being the only selective school in the Shire area, Caringbah High school often receives many applications from many different schools. Each year, their year 7 cohort comprises of students from over 50 different primary schools in the South-East metropolitan area. Being only a 12 minute walk from Caringbah railway station, it is easily accessible to students by public transport. Due to the competitive nature of the selective schools test, It is also worth noting that Caringbah High school also offers entry from year 8-12 through consideration of their year 7 academic performance and the results from the HAST (Higher Ability Selection Test).
How does entry into Caringbah High Work
The Selective School Placement Test
The main method of entry into all selective schools is to sit the selective schools placement test which takes place during March, previous to the year seeking entry. The actual test comprises of a 20 minute writing test, and three 40 minute multiple choice tests of:
- Reading: 45 questions
- Mathematics: 40 questions
- General Ability: 60 questions
Years 8-12 entry
As mentioned above, Caringbah High School is one of the selective schools that offer entry in years 8-12. This involves three things:
- Performance in the Higher Ability Selection Test developed by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)
- As assessment of the student’s two previous reports
- An interview will be conducted at the school if an offer is being considered
What does Alchemy Tuition offer
As there are only 17 selective schools in NSW, entry into these schools is highly competitive, depending on hard work and skills beyond natural talent. Most students gaining entry into selective school often seek out tuition services to ensure that they are at the top of their game. At Alchemy tuition, we understand the difficulty in scheduling the time to send your child to tutoring, that’s why our unique service sends our tutors to your doorstep, ensuring maximum convenience and flexibility of scheduling.
Our tutors are equipped with the training and specific resources to help your child tackle the challenge of the selective schools test; whether that may be purely academic struggles, or working through confidence issues when sitting exams. That’s the beauty of a one-on-one tutoring service – our tutors are able to provide students with the individual attention that a classroom setting is not able to provide, often providing a new level of confidence in students which eventually aids their academic success.
Our tutors work to build long-term supportive relationships with their students, being sure to identify each child’s specific strengths and weaknesses to maximise progress. Aside from success in the selective school test, our program encourages holistic learning, which engages in promoting good study habits and teaching skills outside the curriculum. Whether you are looking to prepare your child for the Selective schools test, or if you are seeking to gain year 8-12 entry into Caringbah high, our service will also fit your needs.