You are on page 1of 15

This publication assists applicants for Year 7 entry to selective high schools to become more

familiar with the Selective High School Placement Test. Some of the items have not been included
for copyright reasons. In the actual Selective High School Placement Test there are 45 questions
in reading, 40 in mathematics and 60 in general ability.
The Selective High School Placement Test measures ability and is set to discriminate at a very
high level. Students who are accustomed to answering most questions in tests correctly should not
be discouraged if they get a number of questions wrong. It is very rare for even the highest scoring
candidates to score full marks on all components of the Selective High School Placement Test.
Selective high school entry does not depend entirely on a student's performance in the Selective
High School Placement Test as school assessment scores in English and mathematics are
provided by the primary schools.
It is important to note that selection committees and appeals panels will not accept students'
performance in this past paper as evidence of academic merit for the purposes of entry into a
selective high school in any future year.

cross it out with X and mark your new answer clearly. 1) Look at your answer booklet — was the last bubble you filled in for Question 15? If it was. but remember to show your answer in the answer booklet NOT in this question booklet. keep going. WDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUNITIESCOPYRIGHT2014NSWDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATIONANDCOMMUN G1 1047923_Cs4. This is to ensure you are answering the question in the right answer bubble. 6 Wait for instructions to begin the General Ability test. 2 Mark your answer to each question by colouring A. Copyright © 2014 NSW Department of Education and Communities. C or D in pen in the General Ability section of your answer booklet. put your hand up now for help. you may write in this question booklet. 5 In the tests you will find Answer Check boxes like this: ANSWER CHECK (General Ability No. Victoria 3124. If it wasn’t. 3 If you decide to change your answer. Published by the Australian Council for Educational Research Prospect Hill Road. B. 4 If you want to work anything out.Session 2 SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST SAMPLE TEST 3 GENERAL ABILITY DO NOT OPEN THIS SECTION UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD INSTRUCTIONS 1 You have 40 minutes to complete the General Ability test. It contains 60 questions.indd 1 13/02/14 4:30 PM . Camberwell.

1 Which one does not belong? 6 SCISSORS PIN KNIFE AXE A B C D A B C D AXE KNIFE PIN SCISSORS 7 2 3 What group of letters comes next in this series? EG FH A B C D JK JL KM LN ____ 8 UNFRIENDLY UNFAIR DEPRESSED AFRAID What group of letters comes next in this series? LCW HOW LOT PLY STY 2 kilograms 4 kilograms 6 kilograms 8 kilograms Trevor Nadine Samira Daniela The word HOSTILE is most nearly the same as A B C D 9 SQUARE POLYGON OCTAGON PENTAGON Trevor is taller than Daniela. How much weight must be removed from the first case and placed in the second so that they are both of equal weight? A B C D 36 IK In a certain code. VEDCXJKISWTO means EXIT. and another weighs 41 kilograms. what does PHSLOTYWY mean? A B C D 5 HJ The word CAREFUL is most nearly the opposite of A B C D 4 GI THREE is to TRIANGLE as FIVE is to A B C D 10 MEU NGS OIQ ____ QKO PLR RLR PKO If 10 hens can lay 100 eggs in 10 days. who is second-tallest? A B C D RAPID HURTFUL RECKLESS ACCIDENTAL A case of fruit weighs 53 kilograms. and Nadine is taller than Hamish. If Samira and Nadine are both shorter than Daniela. In the same code. how long would it take 4 hens to lay 28 eggs? A B C D 1 day 7 days 14 days 28 days .

11 The numbers in each of the three patterns follow the same rule. Insert the missing word to complete the third pair. 17 DESERT MOIST OILY REGULAR If the word SHAVING is coded 7392410 then the word VANISH would be coded A B C D 294173 291437 291743 291473 JLP LNR NPT PRV ____ A B C D RVX STX RTX SVZ 37 37 . 6 2 9 5 2 A B C D 3 15 A figure is missing in the following sequence. Find the missing number. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? 21 7 4 3 ? 2 ? 7 8 9 10 A 12 SUBTRACTION – DIVISION – MULTIPLICATION – A B C D 13 SUBTRACT DIVIDE __________ 16 MULTIPLES MULTIPLICITY MULTIPLE MULTIPLY C D DEFINE DESCRIBE RECOGNISE DETERMINE What group of letters comes next in this series? The word ARID is most nearly the opposite of A B C D The word IDENTIFY means most nearly the same as A B C D 14 B These words run in pairs.

what letter would the LAST word begin with? A B C D Add one letter to the word HIRES. A B C D Sheng’s original number was A B C D 19 21 24 27 36 90 8 6 2 A B C D 20 22 The numbers in each of the three patterns follow the same rule. 64 9 3 121 7 11 ? 3 8 9 10 11 my like belong chips the computer I in only 38 b c l t K R E S The word VINDICATE is most nearly the same as A B C D 23 If you arrange the words below to make the best sentence.18 Sheng thinks of a number. Rearrange the letters to make a word meaning scream. then subtracts half the original number. The added letter is JUSTIFY IMPROVE SPICE SATISFY What group of letters comes next in this series? AZB EDF IHJ MLN ____ A B C D PRQ POS QPR QPS . doubles it. Find the missing number. 21 He finishes with the number 39. then adds three.

0 metres tall. and could reach the 5th floor button. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? 27 A B C D 28 ? B A C D A B C D 26 741390827 741930287 751309827 751930287 30 Michael was 1. To reach the 6th floor. From the 1st floor. He had to walk up 20 steps to reach the 6th floor. If Parcel 1 weighs 8 kilograms. he had to walk up 100 steps to reach the 6th floor. Rearrange the letters to make a word meaning to shut. how many steps did she have to walk up? OS OSL ON CON BREEZE is to WIND as WIND is to A B C D SOMERSAULT is to 9271894530 as MAELSTROM is to AUNT NIECE UNCLE DAUGHTER Remove some letters from the word CONSOLE. how much does Parcel 4 weigh? A B C D Vinh was 1.1 metres tall.24 A figure is missing in the following sequence. Parcel 1 is four times the weight of Parcel 3.4 metres tall. The removed letters are A B C D 29 25 MOTHER is to SISTER as GRANDMOTHER is to 31 3 kilograms 4 kilograms 6 kilograms 12 kilograms LEVER is to REVEL as DRAWER is to A B C D CUPBOARD PAINT REWARD WRITER 39 39 . Parcel 4 is half the weight of Parcel 2. A B C D 90 80 70 50 PUFF BLOW DRIFT GALE Four parcels have a total weight of 22 kilograms. Lucy was 1. and could only reach up to the 1st floor lift button.

A figure is missing in the following sequence. Rearrange the letters to make a word meaning choir.32 Add one letter to the word REIGNS. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? ? A B C ? D A 35 The word FEEBLE is most nearly the opposite of A B C D 40 ANGRY STRONG VIOLENT GENUINE B C D . Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? BCH CDD DEZ ____ EFV FGW EGT EFW A figure is missing in the following sequence. The added letter is A B C D 36 What does YVZW mean? A B C D E L R S 37 33 What group of letters comes next in this series? CEF A B C D GIJ KMN OQR BELT BEAT BEAD BART What group of letters comes next in this series? ABL ____ A B C D TVW UWX STU SUV 38 34 In a certain code DZMG means WANT.

8 and 9 once only.39 In a foreign language. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? What is the foreign word for YOUNG? A B C D 40 ALI TAYO SOTI YETI ? Use each of the numbers 3. 7. and ALI YETI means OLD WOMAN. In this code the message HOW MANY TIMES would become The numbers that add up to 15 are A B C D row 1 row 2 row 3 618 816 816 618 753 753 357 354 942 492 492 972 A B C D 43 WOH YNAM SEMIT WUH YNEM SIMOT WUH YNEM SOMIT HUW MENY TOMIS Christin’s age is equal to three times her age in 3 years’ time minus three times her age 3 years ago. Fill the empty squares so that each row. 4. I WANT TO BE becomes O TNEW UT IB. ALI SOTI means YOUNG WOMAN. A B C D 1 42 5 2 In a certain code. A figure is missing in the following sequence. column and diagonal adds up to 15. 6. 41 TAYO YETI means OLD MAN. How old is Christin? A B C D 10 12 15 18 41 41 .

In 14 years’ time he’ll be half the age his father will be then. In the same code what does GGHHGGJS mean? A B C D FINANCES CARRIAGE RETAINER FEEDBACK . ? How old is his father now? A B C D 48 48 50 58 64 These words run in pairs. 50. 120. 56. 15] [37. MEMORY FAMILIAR DEFIANT A B C D 42 A – – – DEFIANCE DEFENCE DEFY DEFEND MEMORISE FAMILIARISE _____________ 52 B C D In a certain code TGFYWOAG means SECURITY.44 STUPID is to ASTUTE as CLUMSY is to A B C D 45 46 The word CORPULENT is most nearly the same as A B C D 50 GENEROUS DELIBERATE ANGRY HELPFUL INTERIOR BLOODY CORRUPT FLESHY The numbers in each of the three brackets follow the same rule. Find the missing number. [10. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? Stephen is 18 years old. ?] A B C D The word DESTINY is most nearly the opposite of A B C D 47 AWKWARD SKILLED DENSE ABILITY The word WILFUL is most nearly the same as A B C D 49 CHOICE CHANGE FATE FINISH 51 8 10 12 14 A figure is missing in the following sequence. 23] [16. Insert the missing word to complete the third pair.

3] [4. 11] [?.53 The word DETRIMENT is most nearly the opposite of A B C D 54 [19. 51. 26. what letter does the LAST word begin with? the below roof the carpet leaked onto the through rain A B C D b c l t Which one does not belong? HEAT TEPID COLD FREEZING A B C D 56 END OF GENERAL ABILITY SAMPLE QUESTIONS LOOK BACK OVER YOUR WORK TEPID HEAT FREEZING COLD A figure is missing in the following sequence. Find the missing number. 25. 9] 55 20 31 33 34 SHOUT is to TALK as TALK is to A B C D CHALLENGE IMPROVEMENT CONSUMPTION DEPARTURE The numbers in each of the three brackets follow the same rule. A B C D 57 58 SPEAK CRY LAUGH WHISPER If you arrange the words below to make the best sentence. Which one of the answer figures would best replace the question mark? ? A B C D 43 43 .

.

NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOLS TEST TEST 4 WRITTEN EXPRESSION INSTRUCTIONS This booklet contains one writing task. suburb. START YOUR RESPONSE ON THE NEXT PAGE. You are to write in response to the topic in the space provided in the booklet. If you finish writing before time is up. There is blank planning space in the answer booklet where you may jot ideas or make a plan. What changes would you like to see in your neighbourhood. use the rest of the time to go over your work and to make changes you feel might improve it. Sample test paper DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOKLET UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD Writing task Write a response to the following question about changes you would like to see. town. open the booklet and begin. 44 . When you are told. You have 20 minutes to complete the task. Remember the amount you write is not as important as the quality of what you write. You are encouraged to use the blank space for planning and rough work. Work on this page will not be marked. or in Australia as a whole? Your writing will be judged on: what you have to say how well you organise the way you say it and how clearly and effectively you express yourself.

.

Answer 1 C 2 C 3 B 4 A 5 B 6 B 7 C 8 D 9 A 10 C 11 C 12 B 13 C 14 C 15 A 16 B 17 C 18 C 19 C 20 C 21 D 22 D 23 A 24 B 25 A 26 D 27 C 28 B 29 A 30 C 31 C 32 A 33 A 34 C 35 B MATHEMATICS No.SELECTIVE HIGH SCHOOLS TEST SAMPLE QUESTIONS: ANSWERS READING No. Answer 1 C 2 B 3 C 4 A 5 C 6 D 7 D 8 A 9 D 10 B 11 C 12 D 13 C 14 C 15 C 16 B 17 D 18 B 19 A 20 B 21 A 22 A 23 C 24 B 25 A 26 B 27 A 28 C 29 D 30 B 31 C 32 D 33 D 34 C 35 B 36 C 37 A 38 D 39 C 40 C 41 A 42 B 43 D 44 B 45 B 46 A 47 B 48 C 49 D 50 C 51 C 52 D 53 B 54 C 55 B 56 D 57 D 58 A 47 47 . Answer 1 B 2 B 3 C 4 B 5 B 6 D 7 C 8 C 9 A 10 A 11 B 12 D 13 A 14 C 15 B 16 C 17 D 18 D 19 A 20 B 21 D 22 D 23 A 24 D 25 B 26 A 27 C 28 D 29 B 30 C 31 B 32 C 33 A 34 C 35 D 36 A 37 A 38 D GENERAL ABILITY No.

General ability Item Key 1 C 2 B 3 C 4 A 5 C 6 D 7 D 8 A 9 D 10 B 11 C 12 D 13 C 14 C 15 C 16 B 17 D 18 B 19 A 20 B 21 A 22 A 23 C 24 B 25 A 26 B 27 A 28 C 29 D 30 B 31 C 32 D 33 D 34 C 35 B 36 C 37 A 38 D 39 C 40 C 41 A 42 B 43 D 44 B 45 B 46 A 47 B 48 C 49 D 50 C 51 C 52 D 53 B 54 C 55 B 56 D 57 D 58 A .