John Monash Science School Selective Entrance Exam Checklist
John Monash Science School
Selective Entrance Exam Checklist
By Jayce Batallones
Mathematics
Tests your knowledge in mathematics concepts. Normally the concepts and problems have a difficulty a year above your current year. Any of these topics can be tested so make sure to try to learn as much of these before you can.
 Financial Mathematics – simple interest, compound interest, depreciation
 Algebra – factorising, expanding, simplifying
 Surds & Indices  Index laws, rationalising denominator, negative fractional powers
 Simultaneous Equations & Inequations  substitution, elimination, number lines
 Linear Relationships  gradient formula, distance, midpoint
 Nonlinear relationships  quadratics, truncus, hyperbolas, exponentials, circles, ovals; graphing and understanding their equations will be important
 Rates and Proportion  direct proportion, indirect proportion, conversion from percentage to ratio, unit conversion
 Trigonometry  pythagoras, unit circle, exact values
 Mensuration  all 2d & 3d area, surface area and volume equations (only 12 questions but it matters)
 Geometry  angles of shapes, parallel lines, perpendicular lines
 Statistics  interquartile range, average, median, mean, mode etc
 Probability – venn diagrams, conditional prob, tree diagrams, dice, and card prob.
 Polynomials  graphing, division, {remainder theorem, factor theorem minor}
 Kinematics  time at which 2 objects meet, acceleration, basic physics {mainly on science reasoning but sometimes on maths and numerical}
[Yr910 applying for year 1011]
 Functions and Logarithms  basic questions with log 10
 Circle Geometry – 9 theorems; the formulas and rules
Numerical Reasoning
To sum it up it is more of an IQ test around numbers. A lot of patterns and worded problems will be presented, so it is up to you to turn them into formulas or mathematical methods of calculation.

Number patterns (around 45 different ways to ask the question)
 An understanding of sequences and series can help
 Worded problems around the number of objects  provided a paragraph and to choose the option with the correct response.

Financial Questions
 Interest
 Depreciation
 Tax
 More profitable company  etc

Time Questions
 Starting late and finding the new end time.

Visual problems
 Graphs
 Tables
 Shapes  find new area, amount of shapes within shape

Maths Knowledge
 Factors
 Multiples
 Prime
 Quick Math
 [Minor] Coded Number Questions  I found a lot of these to be on the NSW exams (it has not popped up on any edutest exams before)
Science Reasoning
For the most part the science reasoning exam is about interpreting information. But it is good to know a few of the basics within the core fields of science. This exam checklists just outlines the potential topics that could be covered.
1. Biology
 Cells  Organelles
 Photosynthesis
 Ecosystems – food chains and food webs
 Nervous system
 The body
2. Chemistry
 First 20 elements
 Periodic Table Groups
 Organic molecules
 Valence Electrons
 Reactions between elements  finding precipitation
3. Physics
 Laws of motion distance/time = speed
 Heat
 Weight
 Pulleys
 Gears  rotation between multiple
 Circuits – Diagram
4. Experimental Design Interpretation – a lot of this
 Variable Identification
 Independent
 Dependent
 Control
 Precision
 Accuracy
5. Extra Topics
 Geology – Rocks
Science Analysis & Reporting
A science practical report is provided, and certain questions need to be answered. Normally, it is a basic report and will rely more on your ability to interpret information rather than your science knowledge. This part of the exam is usually answered with an essay.
I do not recall the topic for when I did it back in 2016.
Science Interest & Communication
A page of information is provided, sometimes even a paragraph and a question is normally provided. The examinee might choose to respond in either a science report or an informative essay. However, it depends on the topic. Some example questions include “Design an experiment around….”, “Write a letter to scientific peers around this finding” and “How would you deal with issue ‘x’…” etc.
Thinking back the topic for when I did it back in 2016 was around how to stop the coral reef from being damaged by chlorine. They provided a whole bunch of statistics, images, and a page of information.
Resources
Practice Exams
Collated Selective School Practice Exams [Free]
Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HW27lutVMFFuIYFOZbJBGqTG4OrOgZzl?usp=sharing
Collated Selective School Practice Exams [Edutest Online]
Link: https://www.edutest.com.au/paonline.htm
JMSS Practice Exam [Paid]
Link: https://www.jaycetutoring.com/products/jmsspracticetestbundlepack4practicetests1