What exams are students at Ngo & Sons required to sit?
All students from Years 7 to 10 will be given an assessment task in the form of a thirty-minute class exam upon completion of most mathematics topics. The duration of each topic varies and as such we are unable to provide a specific timetable of when exams are due to be conducted. Students will approximately, on average, be expected to have an exam once every six weeks.
In June of the Year 9 course all students will be required to sit a one-hour mathematics exam to gain entry in our Accelerated Program. This Accelerated Course will only be available to a select few. Selection criteria will include performance in this June exam as well as the student’s homework marks throughout the year.
In June of the Year 10 course all students must sit a one-hour mathematics exam in order for us to determine which class to allocate students to for the Year 11 course, as they will be re-assessed. Students’ performances in homework will also be used as criteria to finalise their allocated Year 11 class. These results will also be used as selection criteria for entry into 2, 3 or 4 unit mathematics classes.
Senior students, Years 11 and 12, will be required to sit exams after selected topics to monitor their progress. Results of these exams will be used as feedback for students to assist them in deciding whether they are suitable for their chosen mathematics course or not. Due to our extensive syllabus and the limited time we have with our senior students, exam topics will be chosen at the teacher’s discretion.
What questions will be included in end-of topic exams?
Questions relating to classwork and the topic taught will account for 85% of questions in the end-of topic exam. The remaining 15% of questions will consist of more challenging questions which require lateral thinking.
Is there revision before each exam?
Students will be given class time to prepare for the end-topic exam. Teachers will revise theory and questions relating to the topic to be assessed at least one week prior to the date of the exam. These pre-exam class lessons are only available for students from years 7-10. Due to time constrictions, seniors will sit an exam immediately after completing a topic and will not be offered preparation lessons before assessments.
How are the marks allocated for all exams?
Marks will be deducted for poor working out even if students get the correct answer. Students must show structure and coherent working out to obtain full marks. We place strict emphasis on the importance of working out to assist each student’s ability to understand more complicated mathematics questions in senior years. We believe it is those students with well-structured working out who are able to comprehend and solve the more sophisticated problems, and hence achieve a higher mark.
When will students find out their exam results?
Exam results will be collated and placed on our noticeboard within two weeks of the exam date. The results will enable students to compare their performance against their peers in other classes who completed the same exam. The aim of this is to motivate students to keep trying harder and excel further in their studies.
What happens when students cannot attend an exam?
In case of misadventure or illness students will be required to notify their class teacher of their absence. Additionally, they will need to organise an alternative time to take the exam within 7 days of their class having sat the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their teacher to arrange for an alternate time as soon as possible.
Unexplained absences for an exam will result in a mark of zero being allocated for that particular topic. It is therefore the student’s responsibility to ensure they do not miss an exam.
The common test held in June of Years 9 and 10 are of particular importance. Students who are aware of planned absences, such as, school camp or family holidays, must notify their teacher in advance and organise to sit the exam before the rest of the grade.
Will teachers go through the exam after it has been marked?
Teachers may or may not go through exam questions with their class. This is due to the fact that teachers must adhere to our set lesson plans, as our syllabus is much more extensive than that of school and hence must try to convey as much content to students in a limited time period.
Students may request that teachers go through exam questions, but it is up to the discretion of the teacher to determine whether there is enough time or not.
How should students and parents interpret the exam results?
At Ngo & Sons, it is important to be aware that the exam mark is not as important as the ranking achieved. Our exams are much harder than that set by school, and thus it is where students are ranked relative to their peers that is most important.
Improvement in studies and exams can be interpreted as moving up in student ranks and poor performance can be interpreted as a drop in ranking rather than the actual mark obtained.
Will parents be notified of exam results?
Unfortunately due to the number of students and exams held throughout the year, parents will not be notified at the time of release of exam results. Parents will be required to visit the noticeboard in our Centres to find their child’s exam results and rank in the grade.
Parents will only be notified if the student is repeatedly struggling and performing poorly across many topic exams.
How do students move up or down a class?
All teachers will regularly monitor every student’s progress; this includes their performance in class, exam results and homework marks. Based on this, teachers will be able to make recommendations on whether a student is performing better than their peers and should move up, or falling behind their peers and hence move down a class.
If a teacher finds that a student is learning faster than their peers, the Coordinator will liaise with the student, parent and teacher to offer the opportunity to move up a level. The student’s progress will then be monitored for the following six months to ensure they are able to cope with the new level of work. If the student’s marks are not consistent with their peers after six months, the Coordinator will reassess whether another change in class is necessary. It should be noted that the Coordinator and/or Directors reserve the right to override any requests that are deemed inappropriate to the student's education.
If a student is struggling, teachers are required to notify the Coordinator. If a student is falling behind, extra classes will be offered and student progress will be reviewed over the following three months. Parents will also be updated on their child’s progress. If the student continues to struggle, the Coordinator will then liaise with the parents and teachers to move the student to a lower level class. The student will continue to be monitored for another three months. If he/she shows no improvement, then the Centre reserves the right to cancel the student’s placement after discussion with parents.
Permission must be granted from the Coordinator or one of the Directors in order for a student to move up a class. Doing otherwise is considered a breach of our policies, resulting in expulsion from the Centre effective immediately.