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Admissions Finding GATE Exam Practice/Samples -- Help Please

  1. Dec 17, 2017 #1

    ISamson

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    Hello.
    My Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) exam is upcoming in a few months, and I am having trouble finding practice and samples.
    I am in Y7 right now, exam is next year and I am trying to enter an advanced school for year 9.
    I live in Western Australia, but please do not restrict an answer to this location. Most admission tests are similar and if you know/have any "similar" resources, please HELP!
    I deeply value any help. Thank you.
     
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  3. Dec 17, 2017 #2

    lekh2003

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    I just have to say, I think the GATE test is created similarly to an IQ test and must be very similar to a NAPLAN test which I'm sure you are familiar with.

    I study in NSW and NAPLAN is the holy grail here. Only a few schools use other methods. You should easily be able to do any test just with your knowledge and some basic understanding.

    That's the idea behind these gifted and talented tests. I once tried studying for a gifted and talented test, I failed. I tried again without studying, it was easy.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2017 #3

    ISamson

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    The thing is that I am stressed. I want to get in. Desperately. Don't ask why.

    It is very different to NAPLAN. I have done both tests before and am quite familiar, but it was hard and am STRESSED.

    What idea?

    Does my BASIC knowledge cover pattern recognition, hight mathematical ability, writing, high language capabilities all under a very high stress of time?

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2017 #4

    lekh2003

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    You must not be so stressed. Just be confident. I know you feel that if you study you will have a higher likelihood of passing. But this is like an IQ test almost. No one expects you to pass perfectly.

    If you really want material, you can go to the bookstore and find some math/English analogy workbooks. Otherwise find gate-specific sample papers online (which are paid). As far as I know there are no free practice papers.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2017 #5

    ISamson

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    Studying makes me confident, right?
     
  7. Dec 17, 2017 #6

    lekh2003

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    I assume so. I don't feel confident by studying intensively. I feel more confident when I can explain very difficult problems intuitively. When I grasp the very essence of a subject and can answer anything without confusing anyone.

    It's a weird method, but everybody's different.
     
  8. Dec 17, 2017 #7

    ISamson

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  9. Dec 17, 2017 #8

    lekh2003

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    I must agree, the selective programs in Australia are a plain rat race. It's crazy. Again, if it makes you comfortable and confident, you can study worksheets and workbooks.

    I know tutoring is crazy expensive. But it will help you in exactly the way you need.

    For me, instead of going to tuitions, I signed up for John Hopkins University CTY. It's cheaper than tuitions and I have been able to finish high school math and physics through it.
     
  10. Dec 18, 2017 #9

    ISamson

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    Is there an alternative to tutoring?
    What is this program?
     
  11. Dec 18, 2017 #10

    lekh2003

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    It is the Center of Talented Youth, it gives credited approved courses where you can advance your learning. You do semester like courses usually 3-6 months long.

    I don't think it will be useful specifically for GATE, but it might help you if you want to learn much more advanced stuff which the school can't teach you. It is an online course with a mentor.
     
  12. Dec 18, 2017 #11

    ISamson

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    @lekh2003, if you do not study for the GATE exam, then how are you sure that you are definitely prepared and know everything?
     
  13. Dec 18, 2017 #12

    lekh2003

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    @ISamson If you know the basic subjects you need to study and know the general areas of required expertise, you can master those areas through other conventional workbooks and studying.
     
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