- Is your child at the top of their class at school?
- Did your child perform above average on their NAPLAN test?
- Are you concerned that your child is frustrated with the pace of their class?
- Does your child ever complain that their schoolwork is too easy?
- Is your child able to work hard on their homework without being nagged?
- Is your child constantly motivated to achieve?
- Will your child be commencing secondary school in 2019?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then your child may just be the perfect candidate for an Accelerated Learning Program. Here is some information about the various programs available.
SEALP stands for Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program. SEALP is an initiative of the Victorian Education Department to that ensures that talented, gifted and motivated students have the best possible chance to achieve excellent in their education. The program runs for years 7-10 and allows advanced students a chance to work at a more advanced pace and level.
What does SEALP involve?
Student enrolled in SEALP usually complete the years 7-10 of their high school education in 3 years. This leaves them with more options for how they wish to complete their final VCE years. Some students finish their VCE in the next two years, while others use the extra year to complete a wider range of VCE and university extension subjects. In the end, this extra year will ultimately give students a far greater chance of achieving the high ATAR score that they deserve.
How do I get my child into a SEALP school?
Students that wish to be accepted SEALP usually have to sit a series of tests and interviews. Though the exact details vary from school to school, most school use testing companies, such as Edutest or ACER to provide their tests. These tests assess a range of abilities such as reading comprehension, mathematics skills, written expression, verbal and numerical reasoning.
The tests usually run in May, so now is the time to sign your child up!
Click here for a list of schools that use Edutest exams, as well as the dates for their exams.
Click here for a list of schools that use ACER HAST exams, as well as the dates for their exams.
Selective High Schools (New South Wales)
Unlike in Victoria, where Selective Schools accept students from year 9, in New South Wales student sit their Selective Schools Exams in year 6 for year 7 entry.Selective entry academic schools provide an educationally enriched environment for academically gifted students who are also high achievers. Click here for a full list of all Selective Schools in New South Wales.
If you are interested in preparing your child for a New South Wales Selective Schools test, we recommend our Accelerated Selective Exam Pack. This pack is specifically geared towards students who are looking to practice all the exam components before the exam.
Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs (Western Australia)
Gifted and talented students in Western Australia are able to sit an exam to gain selective entrance into the Gifted and Talented program. Students sit the commencement exam in year 6 for year 7 entrance. This program is designed to support gifted students and allow them to thrive with like-minded peers. Click here for more information on the Gifted and Talented program.
If you are interested in preparing your child for a Wester Australia Gifted and Talented Entrance Test, we recommend our Accelerated Selective Exam Pack. This pack is specifically geared towards students who are looking to practice all the exam components before the exam.
What can we do to prepare?
As you can imagine, the entrance test for SEALP is extremely difficult; students face tricky questions and strict time limits. What’s more, a lot of students are unfamiliar with the pressure that comes with sitting such a test. Fortunately, that’s where we come in. We have a variety of resources designed to prepare your child for the challenges of the SEALP exam.