Learn everything you need to know to feel confident sitting the selective schools exam in just 6 video lessons… even if you haven't started preparing yet!


There are two main factors that contribute to success on a select entry or scholarship exam: content knowledge and timing.  One cannot exist without the other.  

Your child may answer all questions quickly and within the timeframe, however if they don’t know HOW to answer the questions, this will unlikely lead to success.  

Similarly, if your child understands how to do the questions, but takes significantly longer than one minute to answer each item, or doesn’t have a refined test taking ability, a majority of the questions will remain unanswered.  

This will also unlikely lead to success.

For many students, preparing for the selective schools exam is a constant process of completing practice exam after practice exam without really knowing where they are going wrong.

Alternatively, they join courses or programs that span for months or years without seeing a connection between topics, and instead seeing all topics in isolation.

The secret to success on the selective schools exam, as well as school in general, is for students to gain an understanding of the interconnectedness between topics. For example, students must understand poetic techniques in their writing before being able to analyse a complicated poem in their reading comprehension. An understanding of square roots and factors is essential in solving problems involving surds and expressing answers in exact values. 

Doing countless practice papers without a deep understanding of the concepts will only get you so far. It is essential for students to LEARN specific techniques to help answer exam questions quickly and efficiently to improve your chances of success!

Six Weeks To Selective Exam Success Course


Over our 20 years of experience preparing students for this particular exam, we've developed a specific sequence to teach students how to succeed on the selective schools exam - fast!

We have summarised our regular 40 week course into 6 x 2 hour sessions so you can easily digest the information - even if you haven't started preparing!

For those who have been preparing, this course will provide essential revision so you have a firmer understanding of concepts and how they all link together to more easily recognise which technique to use during the actual exam.



Instant access to on demand comprehensive video recordings of live, interactive online workshops, allowing students to learn all aspects of the Victorian Selective Schools exam at their own pace.


Mini lessons containing engaging activities throughout the to keep students interested and motivated. 


Support through an exclusive online community where you can ask additional questions relating to the lessons

Course Modules 
What’s in the course?

Module 1: Persuasive Writing

School based essays are completely different from exam style essays. In this course, students will learn how to structure and write an effective piece of writing in less than 30 minutes. Specifically, students will learn to:

  • Formulate a contention
  • Brainstorm arguments quickly
  • Plan an essay
  • Write a winning introduction
  • Structure body paragraphs
  • Write a rebuttal statement
  • Write a conclusion

Module 2: Creative Writing

Creative essays can be difficult for many students because they may not know how to structure their essays effectively, brainstorm, organise and develop complex ideas effectively, put thoughts on paper and do all the above in less than 30 minutes!

This course aims to do all the above and more by teaching students how to:

  • Revise sentence structures
  • Structure creative essays
  • Plan creative essays
  • Write an engaging hook
  • Apply writing techniques to move the story forward
  • Write an effective cliffhanger and conclusion
  • Use effective techniques to quickly edit essays and write within the time limit

Module 3: Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning tests a student's ability to think and reason using numbers. Student will often struggle with this area because they may not be familiar with the content, they may not have an efficient strategy or they may not know how to link topics together to have a deep enough understanding to effectively reason through increasingly complex problems within the given 30 minute timeframe.

Over 25 mini digestible lessons, this course aims to address these issues in a systematic way by guiding them through how to solve:

  • Patterns and sequences gradually increasing in difficulty
  • Number puzzles and matrices
  • Problems involving diagrams
  • Reasoning problems using arithmetic and algebra gradually increasing in difficulty

Module 4: Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning measures a student's ability to think and reason using words and language. Students often find these test items difficult because they may not have a limited vocabulary, they may not have a firm grasp of English language conventions or be familiar with efficient strategies to tackle specific questions all in the space of 30 minutes!

Over 20 mini lessons, this course aims to address these problems by teaching students how to:

  • Exponentially increase students' word power
  • Become familiar with and tackle different types of questions relating to vocabulary, word relationships, classification as well as logical reasoning and deduction in a systematic way
  • Apply grammar and spelling rules to solve different types of verbal reasoning questions

Module 5: Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical reasoning measures a student's ability to answer questions relating to number, measurement, algebra, space and data. This exam can be difficult for many students because test items can include topics that may be several years ahead of a student's existing year level. Additionally, mathematical reasoning concepts can be increasingly complex and if students are unfamiliar with how topics may link together, it will be difficult for them to select an appropriate and efficient strategy to suit the specific question they need to answer.  Through this course, we have successfully managed to condense relevant topics from Year 7 to Year 10 in an easy to understand and engaging course to guide students through the mathematical reasoning section.

Over 49 lessons, this course aims to break down mathematics in a way that will help them feel confident with this section. In particular, we will guide students through specific strategies on how to:

  • Calculate quickly and efficiently saving valuable time and working space on the exam
  • Become more familiar to different types of questions increasing in complexity across algebra, geometry/ measurement, chance and data
  • Essential tips and techniques to solve problems efficiently and accurately

Module 6: Reading Comprehension

Without the right strategy, reading comprehension can be very challenging for many students. This exam measures a student's ability to read and interpret meaning from written passages with some questions also requiring students to correct, complete and punctuate sentences.

It's often challenging for many students who may lack concentration while reading, connect ideas in the passage, gloss over detail, have difficulty distinguishing significant information from minor details and are often confused about the meaning of words and sentences.

This course is broken up into four main sections and aims to address the above challenges and more in the following way:

  • In the first section of this course, students will learn essential speed reading skills.   
  • The second section will outline specific approaches on how to answer the different types of questions students will likely be faced with  
  • In the third section, students will be introduced to some of the specific text types that may appear on the exam   
  • The final section will go through grammar, punctuation and spelling questions may also appear on the exam. 


Enrol today to take advantage of the following bonuses! 

 Online Courses

Interactive online revision course PLUS
receive a full practice exam paper for each module with full worked solutions for each question PLUS a video recording of a tutor walking you through the solutions to the practice papers.

$750 value
Mock Exam Bundle

Online mock exam bundle containing a full length exam paper PLUS 7 hours of a recorded  video workshop

$225 value

Ultimate Exam Package

Ultimate package containing 2 full advanced exam packages PLUS our popular writing bundle

$349 value

Admission Bundle

Admission bundle containing a letter writing and interview skills book for students asked to go through the application process following the exam

$99 value
Essay Correction

Essay correction on 3  of your completed essays

$150 value

One week selective membership

$49 value


What Makes Us Different?

With over 20 years experience preparing students for the Victorian Selective Schools Exam,  we've refined our course to make it as simple as possible to prepare for competitive exams. 

Flexible Options Available

We've condensed our 40 week course into just 6 easy to follow modules so you can fast-track your selective exam preparation

complete package

Get access to all six modules PLUS all inclusions!


  • All six modules delivered instantly
  • 365 day access
  • Practice exam papers with full solutions
  • Bonus video lesson guiding students through the practice paper
  • Immediate start and learn on demand
  • Additional support 
  • Save $327 with this package!


If, for any reason, you don't like this course, you can get a full refund
anytime within 30 days after your purchase. If you have any issues, just get in touch
with our friendly support team and they'll either help you out until you get
 the results you need or give you a swift refund.

Here’s what people are saying about the course

Dr. Maureen Vincent

Thuy has been an absolute delight and endured all my calls and questions with good cheer. She is a very committed educator and will do her very best to ensure your child's potential is reached and dreams realised. Thank you Thuy for all your support and providing a program that gives students the opportunity to shine. And isn't that what education should be about? Forever grateful Maureen X

Roslyn Devlin

We used both the classroom and private tuition options for our daughter in Maths and English as part of Selective testing preparation. We could not fault the consistent high standard of delivery by all the tutors especially Thuy who was incredibly supportive. Spectrum use excellent resources which they continue to review and update and they take the time to explain the best approach to what are many new areas for the students through practical advice. We were particularly impressed with the opportunity to undertake a mock exam prior with a feedback session and the post test follow up. Plus you could purchase additional resources through their online store. My daughter enjoyed it so much she has chosen to continue with extension classes. We would strongly recommend Spectrum for anyone seeking any type of tuition they get results.

Iain Ding

Started going to selective exam tuition for only 6 months before the exam and had already missed half of the syllabus. Made up by having private tuition from Thuy. She was knowledgeable, patient and motivating in her sessions and had relevant tutoring materials following the structure of the exams. Had doubts of being successful given the late preparation but was overjoyed when offered a place at the selective school. A lot of the capability was built by Thuy definitely and without her guidance and tutoring, it would not have been possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The video lessons range from 2 - 3 hours, depending on the module. The lessons are self paced so you can learn at a time that is convenient for you as well as pause, rewind and repeat as many times as you like!

This course takes students through all aspects of the six sections that may form the contents of the Victorian Selective Schools exam. We link topics together to give students a deep understanding of the concepts giving them the tools to recognise different questions that may appear on the exam.

We also sell additional practice papers and online mock exams on our digital bookstore:

Students may also enrol in our 40 week comprehensive selective schools exam either in person at one of our centres or online. Click here to start your free online assessment

In addition to the practice papers and online mock exams on our digital bookstore:, students can also enrol in the weekly live selective membership. Click here for more information

We're so confident your child's confidence will soar across the 6 areas during this course that we guarantee it with a 30 day money back guarantee!

Of course! Please call us on 1800 668 177 or email for further details

Find Out What It's Really Like To Prepare For the Victorian Selective Schools Exam

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in this course. We've worked incredibly hard to make it as easy as possible for you to prepare for the Victorian Selective Schools exam.

Through our short bite sized lessons, interactive activities and careful sequencing of topics, we believe any student has the ability to gain more confidence prior to the exam.

We also offer additional support to help you achieve the best results possible.

Finish the 6 week course for your opportunity to receive another special bonus!

Good luck with your preparation! If you have any questions, please contact us on 1800 668 177 or email

I look forward to seeing you on the inside!

Kind regards,
Thuy Pham
Spectrum Tuition