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How to Get Into MacRob

Updated on February 1, 2014

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.

MacRob entrance exam practice paper - Verbal reasoning

MacRobertson High School entry exam practice test - Numerical reasoning

Achievement tests you on actual knowledge that you have (or haven't learnt). There are four of these.

MacRobertson Girls High School entrance exam test - Reading Comprehension

MacRobertson Girls High School practice test - Mathematics

MacRob entry practice examination - Creative writing

MacRobertson entrance exam - Analytical writing

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.

Other tips:

  • 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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      Your typical student 

      23 months ago

      I'll be doing the tests this year so i wanted to know that if the tests paper were hard or not

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      2 years ago

      I'm confident i did ok with 5 of the tests but may have failed the numerical reasoning... How badly will this impact my result?

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      4 years ago

      Thanks ! this helped a lot

      Suzanne cory is way to far from where i live but nossal seems okay!

      Im getting a lot of pressure these days. My parents keep mentioning that im testing for selectives this year etc. and i myself would also like to get in D;

      I've done the same practice test heaps of times over the summer holidays but for some reason my scores keep dropping and then i randomly do well but then the next time its low again so i really don't understand how good my abilities are..

    • Doctor Kristy profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Callan 

      4 years ago from Australia

      You may have more chance of getting into one of the selective schools now that Nossal and Suzanne Cory have been opened.

      You can look into buying some more practice tests, or getting tutoring. There are companies that offer help in preparing for the tests.

      Otherwise, just go on the day and try your best.

      Remember it's not the end of the world if you don't get in. Students who work hard in VCE will do well no matter which school they go to.


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      4 years ago

      I have the macrob test in like 6 months and though people say its easy i still can't stop being worried.

      Its practically my parents dream to get in and i really want to go to macrob as well but im just an average c student that isn't particularly good at any subject and my memory is really really really BAAD!

      I tried the practice test a few times and my results are pretty bad 60-70 percent but, if i keep on doing the same test i'll basically remember the questions and that wont really help..

      Whaat should i Do ? T^T

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      5 years ago

      Hey ppl, so the test passed smoothly right?? All these worries are gone!! Was the test ok?

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      Sarcastic Macrob Girl 

      5 years ago

      Pshh, I soooo wasn't nervous, or worried, or completely freaked out! Nope, uh- uh, definitely not. I'm just saying thanks for... er... um... the... info? Yeah! That's right thanks for the practice tests, because that's totally what I'm thanking you for, you know because I'm definitely NOT saying thank you for helping to... calm me down... a bit... or... anything. Yep, so... thanks... for everything! ;)

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      Participant Of Macrob 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for posting this blog up. It reduced the pressure on me by a ton!! XD, however, can i ask something? was the test that you did similar to the legal practise test online? (shown in the blog that you posted) Was it as hard as it? or even harder? TT-TT

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      5 years ago

      Thanx but wat should u study for the test

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      5 years ago

      i was just wondering, im sitting the exam in a couple of weeks and have printed out the practice tests, i was wondering if the maths exam was hard because that is the one i am most stressed about. thanks :)

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      5 years ago

      thanks for the advice, im taking the test too good luck to you all! also i'm worried about writing an analytical essay and a creative writing piece in 15 min!

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      leanne conny 

      5 years ago

      thx for the help appreaciate it :)

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      lili- mitjell zu 

      5 years ago

      im doin the test but u helped me thanks i sooo know im not goin to get in im really dum and soo not not even close toconfidence i think not i think i know and everyone else knows u helped me too a lot sooo thanks for the tips especially the toilet one lol the toilets are probally dirty and stinky anyway

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      eviena kooray 

      5 years ago

      omg u helped me a lot!!!! i know that this is like the next generation of people doing the test but u really helped me i didn't know what to do and i hav to get in my parents are forcing me to

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      5 years ago

      Hey. thank u sooooooooooo much!

      i'm taking the test too. i'm sooo stressed out! these's like a few weeks left and i've kept everything till the end. which was the hardest??? in maths, which topic comes up most? what's the maqin think that i shud know?????

      thx anywayz!

    • Doctor Kristy profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristy Callan 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Hi goodfriend,

      The tests were easy in some parts and very hard in some parts, but the thing to remember is if it's hard for you, it's likely a lot of other people are struggling too.

      If all else fails, guess and move on. Don't dwell too long on a question.

      Good luck for when you take the test!

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for your article. It helped me by a ton. I will take your advice into account when it is time for me to take the test as well. Was it really hard? (the test)


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