How to Get Into MacRob
It's easiest to get into MacRob when you're going into Year Nine, since there are more places available then.
Also, there are more requirements if you're wanting to get in in Years 10, 11 and 12. They're much more picky, and want to know a lot about your academic achievement at your old school, as well as co-curriculars you are involved in.
For those wanting to go in MacRob for Year Nine, you will have to sit the entrance examination, which is usually at the Royal Exhibition Centre in Carlton. The year that I went there the crowd was huge, as there were all the hopefuls for not only MacRob, but also Melbourne High (the boy version of MacRob). I'm not sure if they still do this.
Should you study for the entrance exam?
I know many people in my class at MacRob that purchased practice papers and in some cases even got tutors to help them get into MacRob. One girl I can think of was preparing for the exam over a year and a half in advance, which I think is quite ridiculous.
A lot of my friends who purchased practice tests found them very unhelpful as they were much easier to do than the exam, which made them a waste of money.
Also: if you are smart, you do not need to get a tutor to get in, or to buy practice papers. I didn't purchase anything for the entrance exam and still got in fine, as did several others.
If you want to see what sort of questions will be on the test, here are some free (legal) resources for you instead of buying edutest's practice papers. You can also ask your family to create similar tests for you.
The tests examine you in six different areas, that fall under two categories. The categories are ability and achievement.
Ability tests you on your potential, rather than your knowledge.The aim of these tests is to determine how quickly you can learn. The two ability tests are verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning.
Achievement tests you on actual knowledge that you have (or haven't learnt). There are four of these.
On the day
Things to bring with you:
- A jumper
- Water bottle
- Watch, so you can keep an eye on the time
- Some food for snack time
- Pencils and pens, plus an eraser and sharpener
- Photo ID to get in
What if you don't have Photo ID?
The year I went, I didn't have any photo ID (except for an outdated passport I got in Grade 1). They had a tent where you could get your photo taken instead. I wouldn't recommend this, I found it quite stressful (some lady didn't sign a piece of paper when she should've, which resulted in unnecessary drama). Think: do you have any school photos with your name on it, passports, concession cards or school library cards? It's not the end of the world if you don't have photo ID, but it'll add another hurdle for you.
- Don't worry if you don't finish the tests! They are MEANT to be so long and hard that you can't!
- Don't drink too much- the queues for the bathroom are horrific.
- RELAX. Although it may seem like it, the world will not end if you don't get into MacRob. It's not that different from other schools, and if you're dedicated to your studies, you'll do well no matter what school you're at.
Please note: this article was published in 2011. I sat the test myself in 2008, and am no longer a student at MacRob. To the best of my knowledge, the information in this article is correct, but some parts may be out of date.
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