The EXPLORE test

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Who is eligible to sit this test?

  2. What is the date of the testing?

  3. Can we test on another day?

  4. Where is the test being held?

  5. How much does it cost?

  6. What does the test cover?

  7. How will it help my child to sit this test?

  8. What happens after I register my child for the test?

  9. What qualifying information is required?

  10. Will my child be able to manage the test?

  11. What information will I get after the test?

  12. Where can I find out more about the EXPLORE test?

  13. My child sat the test last year. Why should they take it again?


Who is eligible to sit this test?
As this is an above level test it is being offered to gifted students. Students need to be in Year 4, 5 or 6 at the time of testing. Students who are home educated are also welcome to register for the test if they meet qualifying criteria.
To be eligible to register for the test students need to be within the top 5% of their Year on either a measure of potential (IQ result) or performance (achievement in school). More details about the sorts of tests that provide the information you need are listed below. If you don’t have evidence from one of the listed tests, a letter from the teacher or school indicating the child’s achievement is within the top 5% will be accepted.

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What is the date of the testing?
The testing will be held on 9 April 2011. Testing will commence at 9.00am and takes around 3 hours with breaks to complete the 4 parts of the test. You will need to arrive to register at 8.30am. (rural test centres may have slightly different times, you will receive information specific to your test site prior to the test date).

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Can we test on another day?
No, the testing is only being offered on 9th April 2011. Everyone must sit the test at the same time and all materials will be returned to the USA for marking and processing immediately following the testing.

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Where is the test being held?
It is anticipated that there will be a number of test venues to choose from in 2011 including Wesley College in South Perth, Geraldton Gramma School in Geraldton and Great Southern Grammar in Albany. Test centre choices will appear on the registration form. Testing will start at 9am, with registration prior to this. It is possible that times in regional centres may be slightly different but you will be receive detailed information when you receive your ticket and preparation materials.

You will need to choose a test location when you register and must test at that location.

A map directing you to the location (and room if appropriate) where the testing will be held will be sent to you prior to the test.

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How much does it cost?
The cost to sit the EXPLORE is $97.00. This covers the cost of sitting the test, the marking, 2 copies of the results, and the Resource Guide and other information which you will receive or access following the testing.

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What does the test cover?
EXPLORE includes four multiple-choice tests each of which take 30 minutes to complete. Subject areas covered include English, Maths, Reading and Science. Questions are in multiple choice format and children complete all 4 tests during the morning. For more information about the test content along with sample questions click here (this link takes you to the EXPLORE site).

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How will it help my child to sit this test?
The EXPLORE test provides students with test scores that reflect a more accurate assessment of their abilities. But beyond testing, participants have been sown to reap many other benefits. They gain self-confidence. They’re more willing to take on challenges. And they start to think more about what they can achieve not only in school, but in life. It can also lead to increased self-confidence and brings them into the company of similarly capable peers. The results of the testing can also help educators better understand your child’s ability and assist you in advocating for appropriately challenging educational opportunities for them.

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What happens after I register my child for the test?
After the registration process has been completed you will receive an email which will confirm your child’s registration for the EXPLORE test on 9th April 2011. You need to print this email and bring it with you to the day of the test. You will also receive, electronically or by post, a booklet that provides information to assist you and your child in getting ready for the EXPLORE test along with information about how to find the venue and what to bring.

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What qualifying information is required?

You will need to provide information about the category under which your child qualifies to take this test when you register. The following indications of potential or performance within the top 5% are suitable.

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Will my child be able to manage the test?
The test is challenging and may contain material your child has not been exposed to at school. However, many gifted children are more able than they may demonstrate in the classroom and many who take the test describe it as the highlight of their year and thoroughly enjoy the challenge. Looking at some of the sample questions on the EXPLORE test site may help you decide.

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What information do I get about how my child went in the test?
About 6 weeks after the testing you will be sent 2 copies of your child’s results. You will also receive a Statistical Summary showing how your child compared to other children the same age in the USA who also sat the test, a Long Range Academic Plan showing percentile rankings for each year level and a Planning and Resource Guide prepared by the Centre for Talent Development at Northwestern University in Illinois. Some of the information in this resource guide may not be directly applicable to Australia but will provide you with useful information about the sorts of provisions that may be beneficial for gifted children. As this is a pilot program this year we have not been able to prepare materials specific to the Australia education system. Materials will be posted to you in hard copy this year.

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Where can I find out more about the EXPLORE test?
Further information about the test content along with sample questions can be viewed by clicking here. This link will open in a new window and will take you to the EXPLORE site.  You will also be able to find further information and Frequently Asked Questions about the EXPLORE test by clicking here.

You may also like to browse some of the research relating to gifted children from the Centre for Talent Development at Northwestern University which you will find here

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Revised: 15/02/11

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