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The Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET):
A Competitive Challenge and Preparation Guide
Understanding the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET)
The Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET) presents a rigorous and highly competitive examination.

A mere 14% out of the 1548 students who take the test secure admission to Perth Modern School – Western Australia’s sole fully selective academic institution.

Remarkably, this same test serves as the gateway to the Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entry Program (GATE) in 18 distinguished public schools across WA.

Annually, the ASET becomes progressively more demanding and competitive. The aggregate cut-off for selection has elevated, evidenced by a 10.33-point surge in 2019. As per reports from The West Australian, the Education Department observes a 30% surge in applications for gifted programs in just four years, escalating from 3631 to 4756.

Given this intensifying competition, diligent preparation for the test is crucial.

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Exploring the GATE Exam – ASET: Test Format and Challenges

The GATE exam, known as the Academic Selective Entrance Test (ASET), entails four distinct sections. While multiple-choice segments emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and mathematical application, rote memorization proves insufficient for gaining a competitive edge. The key lies in honing strategies for rapid, precise problem-solving when confronting exam questions.

Questions: 35 multiple-choice
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Time Per Question: Approximately 51 seconds

Textual excerpts, encompassing articles, narratives, poetry, and visuals, form the basis for questions. Deep understanding and connecting implicit meanings are essential.

Questions: 1 writing prompt
Time Limit: 25 minutes
Time Per Question: 25 minutes

Thoughtful responses to prompts are pivotal for success. Focus on content and expressive writing. Prompts often entail narrative prompts.

Questions: 35 multiple-choice
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Time Per Question: Approximately 51 seconds

Mathematical problem-solving and application are tested. Challenges involve identifying number patterns and utilizing appropriate mathematical approaches.

Questions: 35 multiple-choice
Time Limit: 20 minutes
Time Per Question: Approximately 34 seconds

This section evaluates visual problem-solving abilities, including pattern recognition and series completion. Strategies for quick and accurate answers are vital.

The limited time per question underscores the urgency of strategic time management and precise responses, particularly in the context of Abstract Reasoning.

Participating in the ASET without adequate preparation would be unjust to your child.

Given its time-bound and distinctive nature, professional guidance is imperative. Many students invest over 168 hours of preparation months in advance. Focusing on the learning process and leveraging expert programs equipped with efficient time management strategies are pivotal for ensuring your child enters the exam confident, knowledgeable, and capable of showcasing their best abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tutoring is a great supplement to your child’s schooling. However, it’s not always about improving their marks.

If your child is feeling frustrated with learning, or if you are looking to advance his or her skills, tutoring could be your answer.

SMAVY understands that each child has unique skill sets. It’s also our job to help your child discover their strongest skills and truest talents to make them savvy adults.

Yes! Get a choose your tutor  and experience a session before committing your time, money, and energy.

Unlike other tutoring service providers where the parents are expected to pay upfront without first-hand experience, SMAVY makes sure you’re confident before putting in the work.

Absolutely! You have access to our online portal where you can see your child’s progress, and how they are developing within our learning plan.

You can also check in regularly with the tutor at your most convenient time.

Yes! Each child learns differently. It is SMAVY’s priority to give your child a personalised curriculum to accommodate their unique learning needs.

Also, once you’ve chosen your best tutor, you can keep working with them even if your kid goes up a grade.

This minimises disruption in their learning and is especially useful for kids who take time to socially adapt.

Of course! We believe your child’s potential is limitless. SMAVY provides enriched currriculum classes based on a custom program, so your child can become an even better student.

We support subjects for primary and secondary school (K-9) students throughout the year. Our subjects include reading, math, science, writing, and more. Learn more about our courses here.

Your tutoring package includes UNLIMITED access to an advanced learning platform.

Use it in-between lessons for a more personalised and blended learning path. It’s built to improve participation and enable student enrichment.

We screen our tutors and employ only the experienced experts.

As part of their onboarding process, the tutors are trained with online teaching techniques learned from University of New South Wales’ curriculum.

They’re equipped with scientifically proven learning techniques like Spaced Repetition, and Active Recall.

No. Dip your toes in before diving in and paying! Before you start your lessons, you have an option to sign up for a demo session. You don’t have to enroll until you’re satisfied with the lessons and the tutor. Once that’s arranged, you can then pay for advanced sessions (or start with just one).

We aim to bring affordable quality education to every household. Get more value by paying per session, and not for a whole curriculum. Your personalised curriculum will first be planned out. Once you’re satisfied, the price will be discussed between you and our sales team.

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