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
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.