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How to Get Into MacRob, Suzanne Cory, Nossal or Melbourne High

Update: Thanks for stopping by to read this article! I sat the test in 2008 for a 2009 start at MacRob, so please note that some of the information below may be out of date. The general tips should still be useful, but please take what is written with a grain of salt and not your only source of information. If you are sitting the test, good luck! Please consider coming back to this article after the entrance exam to share your updated experience in the comments and help people in future years.

The links to practice papers below have been updated to the newest ones available from the Victoria Government's Department of Education and Training.

The article below discusses MacRob because that is the school I went to, but the information should be relevant for Melbourne High, Nossal and Suzanne Cory too.

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. 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.

A lot of my friends who purchased practice tests found them very unhelpful as they were much easier to do than the actual 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. I recommend doing the tests under timed conditions, so you can get used to it before the exam day.

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 - Persuasive writing

Answers to the above practice tests are available here

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On the day
Things to bring with you:

  • A jumper... big exam rooms can be cold and you don't want to be distracted by being uncomfortable.
  • Water bottle
  • A watch, so you can keep an eye on the time. They will likely have clocks, but how visible the clocks will be from your specific desk is a different question.
  • Some food for snack time. A banana would be a good choice, because it's filling and will give you energy.
  • 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?

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 can be very long.
  • 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.

Good luck!

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AshnaSAJ on January 22, 2020:

I'll be doing the test this year. I am extremely scared and tensed. I am an academically advanced student in a Private School (Marymede Catholic College) however, the school doesn't sit so well with its VCE ATAR Scores.

I am trying my best to get into MACROB (1st Pref) or Suzanne Cory (2nd Pref).

I do James An College Tutoring, as well as Maths and English Private Tutoring.

Do you have any suggestions for the exact topics I should study in MATHS and ENGLISH?

I have been revising over a Year 9 and Year 10 Maths Textbook (Jacaranda Plus and Cambridge). For English, I did Henderson's Your Path to Success.

If you could provide some help and communication on what I should do and how the test is like, it would be kindly appreciated.


Your typical student on December 31, 2016:

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

Moo on June 20, 2016:

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?

macrobwannabe on February 02, 2014:

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..

Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on February 01, 2014:

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.


WorriedStudent on February 01, 2014:

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

Macrob on September 23, 2013:

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

Sarcastic Macrob Girl on June 13, 2013:

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! ;)

Participant Of Macrob on June 06, 2013:

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

MACROB EXAMER on May 26, 2013:

Thanx but wat should u study for the test

Kristy on April 27, 2013:

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 :)

salmaa on April 21, 2013:

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!

leanne conny on April 19, 2013:

thx for the help appreaciate it :)

lili- mitjell zu on April 19, 2013:

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

eviena kooray on April 19, 2013:

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

Lisarrhhh on April 10, 2013:

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!

Kristy Callan (author) from Australia on February 18, 2013:

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!

goodfriend on February 18, 2013:

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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