2020 Middle School Academic Scholarship Program

As a way of encouraging excellence in education and rewarding high achievement, St Mark’s is offering a limited number of Academic Scholarships for students entering Year 6 in 2020. Registrations for the 2020 program are now open. Registrations close on Friday 15 February 2019.

Up to four scholarships are available, with partial tuition fee remission. The number of scholarships awarded each year (and the percentage of tuition fee remission) is at the discretion of the School Council.

The Scholarships are awarded on the performance of the student in the scholarship examination. Shortlisted candidates may also be interviewed prior to final selection of Scholarship recipients. Scholarships will be awarded for the students’ entire Secondary School career at St Mark’s, subject to ongoing review.

The testing will be conducted independently by Academic Assessment Services at St Mark’s on Saturday 23 February 2019.

A Registration Fee of $90 will be charged by Academic Assessment Services for each child sitting the examination. Please note that an additional fee of $50 will be incurred for late registrations. Your registration will be confirmed by Academic Assessment Services. The successful Scholarship recipients will automatically be offered enrolment at the School. 

Key Dates

Applications open: 19 November 2018

Applications close: 15 February 2019

Testing Day: Saturday 23 February (8.20am to 12.30pm)

Test results available online: to be confirmed

Notification of successful candidates: to be confirmed


  • Students aged between 8 and 11, who will be in Year 5 in 2019.
  • International students applying to enrol at (or currently attending) St Mark’s Anglican Community School through Anglican Schools Commission International are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Click here to apply

About the Test

Students are assessed in:

  • Abstract Reasoning and Problem Solving – this test assesses the ability to reason with and analyse information using verbal, mathematical, figural and spatial concepts
  • Mathematics Achievement and Reasoning – for primary and junior secondary students these tests assess curriculum-related mathematics tasks and mathematical reasoning tasks. Middle and senior secondary students are assessed on mathematics reasoning tasks. These are different to curriculum-based mathematics and focus on problem-solving skills
  • Reading Comprehension – this test assesses the ability to remember, locate, analyse, evaluate, derive and combine text propositions with fiction and non-fiction texts of increasing complexity
  • Written Expression – this test assesses students’ facility with written language.

Please note that special preparation or coaching is not likely to improve results. The best preparation is to arrive relaxed and refreshed on the testing day. A good night’s sleep is very important.

Additional Information

Prior to the testing date: Please advise the School and AAS of any serious medical conditions which may require monitoring on the testing morning e.g.  EpiPen, Diabetes

On the Scholarship examination day

  • Bring two pens – blue or black. All other materials will be provided.
  • Bring  tissues.
  • Make sure to arrive ahead of the time given. Being late may unsettle the student.
  • Use the toilet before the first test session. Interruptions may affect results.
  • The four tests are held in two sessions.
  • There is a 20-minute break between each session. 
  • Bring food and drink for the recess break.
  • Entry for late arrivals is at the sole discretion of the test supervisor.
  • Unpaid applicants will not be permitted to attend the testing.

Items not permitted in the examination

  • Bags (students will be able to store their recess snack at the back of the venue).
  • Calculators.
  • Mathematical instruments such as compasses or dividers.
  • Photographic or other data/image recording equipment.
  • Programmable watches or mobile phones.
  • Rulers.
  • Books or paper/s.
  • Apple or smart watches.