Exam Preparation Classes

There may come a time when your child has to sit an exam for entry to a gifted program (e.g. SEAL - Select Entry Accelerated Learning) or a scholarship. This often raises questions like:

  • Is it necessary or appropriate to prepare for these exams?
  • If you are going to prepare, what’s the best way to do this?

Preparing for these types of exams is about setting the student up to perform to the best of their ability so they can show their potential to the school they’d love to attend.

Exam Prep SIG

These classes are for small groups and will help students to:

  • Know what to expect when they sit the exams
  • Practise completing past exams and understand how to improve their performance
  • Find out about the range of questions they will face and the best way to tackle each of them
  • Learn how to manage their nerves and time
  • Plan how to use their strengths to best advantage
  • Clarify their goals and focus their motivation

Previous students have reported that they felt more prepared, calm and confident about sitting their exams than before and thought they performed better because of their preparation. Many have achieved entry to the school of their choice.

Here’s some feedback from previous participants and parents:

Student:“At first I was scared of future tests, but I think that with the program I am more prepared for my exam. I think I have improved quite a bit.”

Parent: “The exam prep really helped her with time management and in turn her nerves.”

Students rated the following activtites as the most useful:

- Doing practice exams

- Planning how to manage time during an exam

- How to preparebefore the exams

- Strategies to solve different types of questions

For more information or to discuss a student’s suitability, contactPenny Willoughby on 0418 520 023.

Next Class Series

No classes are available at present.

Teacher:Penny Willoughby

To express interest or be placed on a waiting list for future Exam Preparation Classes, emailPenny.


How to know if your child is suitable?

Any child who loves learning and shows high aptitude in the program subject may be suitable. You can talk to your child’s teacher orcontact Pennyto discuss your child’s suitability for a program. An aptitude assessment can also be arranged.

Transport to and from classes

Parents will need to arrange transport for their child toand from classes. You may wish to coordinate with other nearby parents to share transport. Pleasecontact Janineif you would like to be put in contact with other parents for this purpose.

Feedback on your child’s participation

We are always keen to give feedback about how your child has responded to their program. You will receive awritten report, at no extra cost, in the weeks after the last class. You can also contact your child’s teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time for verbal feedback.


We are so confident in the quality of Thinking Outside The Box Programs that we offer a refund if you are not satisfied with their quality.


  • Electronic Funds Transfer(“EFT” or “Bank Transfer”) continues to be available and attracts no booking fee
    • If you wish to pay by EFT / Bank Transfer, please type“EFT” in the Promotion Code field on the next page and then click“Apply”. The EFT bank details will be printed on your confirmation ticket and you will need to complete the EFT / bank transfer within 3 business days of making your booking.
  • Payment by most popularcredit and debit cardsisalso now available. Payments by credit or debit card incurs a non-refundable booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30) per booking. Any applicable merchant service fee is absorbed by Thinking Outside The Box.
  • Payment must be received in full on or before the dates specified, and, in all cases, prior to the commencement of programs; otherwise bookings will be subject to cancellation
  • If you cancel your booking less than two weeks before the program commences, you are eligible for a refund - less a discretionary administration fee of 20% and a 30c booking fee
  • All prices quoted include GST. Any booking fee is not subject to GST.
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  • Places on all programs are limited. Bookings received after a program is full will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified if a place becomes available. Where a place cannot be found on the original program of your choice, a place on an alternative program may be offered - or a refund given.
  • A minimum number of enrolments may be required for each program to go ahead.Where there are insufficient enrolments on the original program of your choice, a place on an alternative program may be offered - or a refund given.
  • Programs are offered“as is” and do not take into account any child’s individual circumstances.
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