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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby metz2 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:50 pm

iRabbit wrote:
Steadyberry wrote:Lee_yl is right. For my ds, no benefit except exposure. For those who can get hd or medal for the same subject ie. Maths fr p4-6, can add in yr dsa appli tog with yr nmos/smops. Sorry :offtopic:


Since there are only 2 national exams at primary level (even then, not everyone takes GEP screening tests), ICAS is useful in the sense we can have a rough gauge where our kids stand relative to cohort.

I mean since it's graded relatively with percentile thrown in, if one consistently gets a D or HD, it's an assurance that he is doing well.

I just recall it seems that some top schs may require all students to choose a subject domain for DSA. In this case, I feel that having HD in a subject like Eng whereby there're lesser competitions to express one's ability, is more useful than math, whereby it's competition galore.


If the intent is to use ICAS results for DSA, then P4-P5 results are enough.

ICAS is like national competitions. It will reflect well on the student for DSA applications if he/she has consistent good performance. HD is top 1% of all the students who took part in ICAS for that subject at the same level.

For lower primary, not all schools support ICAS. My daughter was given the choice to participate in all subjects (including Science) at P2 in her previous school. But in another school, she was allowed to sign up for only English at P3.

As for preparations, so far none of my children's schools have provided any ICAS training. Most of the time, they only knew about it a day before the test (reminder from teacher) or on the day itself. We don't keep track of the test dates.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby Steadyberry » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:43 pm

We keep track of dates now bec teachers dont remind the kids. It happened last yr for the 1st paper when some left & went home. Form teacher was not aware & the teacher in charge of icas expected the kids to know when the test is & go to hall aft school. No reminders at all from anyone.
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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby phtthp » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:53 pm

My friend signed up her P2 dd for English, last minute not keen to sit for test. Teacher said since signed up already, must turn up for the test, cannot say don't take test.

Another friend from another school missed the submission date of form returned to Tr by one day. Next day, she want to pay $9 to Tr, to let her dd take test. Tr refused, said late for submission, don't entertain request.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby metz2 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:57 pm

For my son's school, no reminders too. Those who were not attending the tests would stay back in class with a teacher since the tests were held during school hours.

Is ICAS held after school? Once my daughter was sick and we didn't know it was ICAS test on that day. Her teacher called us to ask if we still wanted her to attend the test. It was during school hours.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby phtthp » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:02 pm

Icas P2 English test was held during school hours, in my dd school, using the first period, 45 minutes test. That day happen to have 2 English period, Tr used the first period to let them take test.

Out of 30 pupils per class, 8 opted out. 22 took

My dd school do not allow them to take P2 Maths, only English.
Other schools allow them to take P2 Maths

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby Steadyberry » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:12 pm

My ds sat icas in 2 diff sch. Both also aft sch. This yr maths maybe during sch hrs bec clash with nmos.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby lee_yl » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:21 pm

For my dd, both Sc and Eng held during school hours. Maths next week.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby iRabbit » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:24 pm

metz2 wrote:For my son's school, no reminders too. Those who were not attending the tests would stay back in class with a teacher since the tests were held during school hours.

Is ICAS held after school? Once my daughter was sick and we didn't know it was ICAS test on that day. Her teacher called us to ask if we still wanted her to attend the test. It was during school hours.


My son also did his ICAS papers during sch hours and hence, sch didn't inform us on the test dates. I think that's fine as it can get overwhelming for FTWP to monitor all those sch notices (this fortnight alone, got 3 outings).

So just tell us the ones we absolutely need to know.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby dimsum » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:34 pm

iRabbit wrote:
metz2 wrote:For my son's school, no reminders too. Those who were not attending the tests would stay back in class with a teacher since the tests were held during school hours.

Is ICAS held after school? Once my daughter was sick and we didn't know it was ICAS test on that day. Her teacher called us to ask if we still wanted her to attend the test. It was during school hours.


My son also did his ICAS papers during sch hours and hence, sch didn't inform us on the test dates. I think that's fine as it can get overwhelming for FTWP to monitor all those sch notices (this fortnight alone, got 3 outings).

So just tell us the ones we absolutely need to know.


iRabbit, school had decided not to participate in ICAS, starting from this year.

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Re: UNSW Competition / Paper

Postby iRabbit » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:38 pm

Oic. I didn't even know that, dimsum. The ones I shared were done last year.

Personally, I tot it's good exposure for the pupils. I find those eng papers interesting and of high quality while the math ones tricky (can teach my son a lesson on being careful).

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