Release 3: JMSS Practice Set - 1 + Science Reasoning Tests

John Monash Science School Selective Entrance Exam Checklist

John Monash Science School

Selective Entrance Exam Checklist

By Jayce Batallones



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.


  1. Financial Mathematics – simple interest, compound interest, depreciation
  2. Algebra – factorising, expanding, simplifying
  3. Surds & Indices - Index laws, rationalising denominator, negative fractional powers
  4. Simultaneous Equations & Inequations - substitution, elimination, number lines
  5. Linear Relationships - gradient formula, distance, midpoint
  6. Non-linear relationships - quadratics, truncus, hyperbolas, exponentials, circles, ovals; graphing and understanding their equations will be important
  7. Rates and Proportion - direct proportion, indirect proportion, conversion from percentage to ratio, unit conversion
  8. Trigonometry - pythagoras, unit circle, exact values
  9. Mensuration - all 2d & 3d area, surface area and volume equations (only 1-2 questions but it matters)
  10. Geometry - angles of shapes, parallel lines, perpendicular lines
  11. Statistics - interquartile range, average, median, mean, mode etc
  12. Probability – venn diagrams, conditional prob, tree diagrams, dice, and card prob.
  13. Polynomials - graphing, division, {remainder theorem, factor theorem minor}
  14. Kinematics - time at which 2 objects meet, acceleration, basic physics {mainly on science reasoning but sometimes on maths and numerical}


[Yr9-10 applying for year 10-11]


  1. Functions and Logarithms - basic questions with log 10
  2. 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.


  1. Number patterns (around 4-5 different ways to ask the question)
    1. An understanding of sequences and series can help
  2. Worded problems around the number of objects - provided a paragraph and to choose the option with the correct response.
  3. Financial Questions
    1. Interest
    2. Depreciation
    3. Tax
    4. More profitable company - etc
  4. Time Questions
    1. Starting late and finding the new end time.
  5. Visual problems
    1. Graphs
    2. Tables
    3. Shapes - find new area, amount of shapes within shape
  6. Maths Knowledge
    1. Factors
    2. Multiples
    3. Prime
    4. Quick Math
  7. [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 

  1. Cells - Organelles
  2. Photosynthesis
  3. Ecosystems – food chains and food webs
  4. Nervous system
  5. The body


2. Chemistry 

  1. First 20 elements
  2. Periodic Table Groups
  3. Organic molecules
  4. Valence Electrons
  5. Reactions between elements - finding precipitation


3. Physics 

  1. Laws of motion distance/time = speed
  2. Heat
  3. Weight
  4. Pulleys
  5. Gears - rotation between multiple
  6. Circuits – Diagram


4. Experimental Design Interpretation – a lot of this   

  1. Variable Identification
    1. Independent
    2. Dependent
  • Control
  1. Precision
  2. Accuracy


5. Extra Topics

  1. 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.



Practice Exams

Collated Selective School Practice Exams [Free]


Collated Selective School Practice Exams [Edutest Online]


JMSS Practice Exam [Paid]