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A Student Studying for Selective School Test

The new format of the OC and Selective School tests feature the Thinking Skills section instead of General Ability. As Thinking Skills have replaced the General Ability section, many parents and students remain confused. Hence, in today’s post, we’ll walk you through the difference between the two styles and what to expect.

Logical vs Creative Thinking – The Key Difference

The key difference between General Ability and Thinking Skills is the approach. GA is more logic-based while Thinking Skills implies more creative and critical thinking. Put simply, the purpose of replacing GA with Thinking Skills is to encourage students to think out of the box, not simply logical.

Most questions under the Thinking Skills section can be divided into two categories:

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

These questions aim to prompt students to think creatively and critically when choosing their answers. As a result, students will have to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge, numerical skills, and creative thinking to develop methods to solve unfamiliar problems successfully.

Moreover, the Thinking Skills section will also assess student’s to critically analyse arguments and understand them using English skills to find answers. In other words, as GA was more logical and reasoning based, it was more titled in favour of students who are good at Maths.

However, the Thinking Skills section will provide a fairground to students with numerical and creative skills as the combination of problem-solving and critical thinking questions test both areas.

Is Thinking Skills better than GA Testing?

Although this is debatable, Thinking Skills Assessment is a positive change because it:

  • Is not tilted only towards numerical reasoning. Hence giving equal opportunities to all candidates to score instead of giving an edge to those good in Math.
  • Decreases the factor of predictability. The answers need to be creative and based on reasoning.
  • Encourages students to think creatively and analyse critically, which will further help differentiate between students of the highest level of ability than those experienced in test-taking.
The OC and Selective Test –  Best Tips to Prepare for Thinking Skills Section

Some of the best tips that we suggest students ensure that they score well in Thinking Skills are:

  • Learn by doing. Also known as experiential learning, when students experiment, they learn and observe; this allows them to think creatively and find new ways to approach a situation.
  • As questions under this section are challenging, students can get overwhelmed. Therefore, we advise them to follow the progressive overload strategy. This strategy focuses on moving gradually and systematically from the easy level of learning towards more advanced questions.

At Pre Uni Pennant Hills, we can help your child. We provide the best training and preparation. We have various courses available exclusively curated to adapt different learning styles while helping students to understand and master the new format and structure and develop thinking skills by attempting numerous questions of different types. Enrol with us today!