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St. Roberts & Bayview Pre-IB Entrance Exam, Advice Needed!!

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Hi everyone,

I'm currently in 8th grade and I am planning on taking both the St. Robs and Bayview entrance exam into their ib programs.

Can someone please explain to me how the exam is broken down, what can I expect, and what are my chances for getting in? (roughly 700 students apply to each school every year, only around 250 get accepted). For Bayview, I have an average of around 88% from my grade 7 final term, and a solid teacher recommendation. How well do I have to perform on the test in order for me to get into the program?? St.Roberts only relies on the test scores, im pretty sure.

Also, is there any advice or helpful tips for studying for the tests?

Thanks for your time :)

 

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Hey,

im in grade 10 pre-ib at Bayview right now, and I also made st.robs. The system has changed greatly actually. You don’t actyally apply specifically to Bayview, you apply to the ib program for all 5 ib schools in York Region. Then, they sort you into different schools (but when you submit your application, you rank the schools you wish to get in, from most to least). However, due to bayview now large population of students, you must live within their boundaries for them to sort your into Bayview and not any of the other 4 ib schools. If you do live very close to Bayview, your chances of being sorted to come here is almost guarantee, but if not, it’s very low. St.robers does only look at test mark. You have a literacy test and math test, all multiple choice. St.robs usually accept 180 students a year and I had 600 applicants in my year. St.rob’s test is much easier than bayview’s. If you wish to practice, do some OSSLT for English and gauss (or pascal if you want a challenge) for math. If you need any other help, just reply to this post and I’ll try my best to help!

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4 minutes ago, Rebecca1223 said:

Hey,

im in grade 10 pre-ib at Bayview right now, and I also made st.robs. The system has changed greatly actually. You don’t actyally apply specifically to Bayview, you apply to the ib program for all 5 ib schools in York Region. Then, they sort you into different schools (but when you submit your application, you rank the schools you wish to get in, from most to least). However, due to bayview now large population of students, you must live within their boundaries for them to sort your into Bayview and not any of the other 4 ib schools. If you do live very close to Bayview, your chances of being sorted to come here is almost guarantee, but if not, it’s very low. St.robers does only look at test mark. You have a literacy test and math test, all multiple choice. St.robs usually accept 180 students a year and I had 600 applicants in my year. St.rob’s test is much easier than bayview’s. If you wish to practice, do some OSSLT for English and gauss (or pascal if you want a challenge) for math. If you need any other help, just reply to this post and I’ll try my best to help!

Hey! 

Thanks for replying to my post. Luckily for me, my home IB school is indeed Bayview. Thanks for clearing up the confusion. How difficult was Bayviews entrance exam? (I heard the french section is quite difficult for students that don't come from an immersion school)  What made you choose Bayview over St.Robs??

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2 hours ago, Will905 said:

Hey! 

Thanks for replying to my post. Luckily for me, my home IB school is indeed Bayview. Thanks for clearing up the confusion. How difficult was Bayviews entrance exam? (I heard the french section is quite difficult for students that don't come from an immersion school)  What made you choose Bayview over St.Robs??

I chose Bayview over st.robs because Bayview, you can have another elective. At Bayview, you get 2 electives, but at st.robs you only get 1 in grade 9 because religion takes up a course slot. Meaning, if you don’t do civics and careers as summer school, you have no electives in grade 10. Since you’re already not getting any electives in grade 11 and 12 due to everything locked in by ib courses, you might as well enjoy electives while you can since they’re a lot more fun.

I wouldn’t say the french test was that hard...but i did come from french immersion. However, my friends who came from a normal school said it wasn’t that bad. It’s usually just matching word and definition, eliminate the word that doesn’t belong, or matching a word to its definition, the vocab is nothing too advanced. I would say math was a greater challenge for most people as there was a lot of questions and limited time, so you have to allot your time well per question. English is different every year, but it’s usually simple read a piece of text and answer questions relating to the text and an essay (topic is different each year).

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Thank You So much!!! Is there anything I can do to practice for the French section? How pressed for time were you when you did both test?

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On 11/6/2018 at 3:37 PM, Will905 said:

Thank You So much!!! Is there anything I can do to practice for the French section? How pressed for time were you when you did both test?

There isn’t much you can do short term since the test is mostly on accumulated french vocab, but you can get some vocab exercise books and learn some frequently used words. Don’t worry too much though, it’s not as bad as you think it is and you’ll do great!

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Awesome, your help was much needed🙏🙏🙏. One last thing, compared to a grade 8 gauss test, how hard is the math on either of the exams? (Would u classify the questions as part a, part b, or part c?)

Once again, your insight has been tremendously helpful and I'm much more confident about the upcoming tests.

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12 minutes ago, Will905 said:

Awesome, your help was much needed🙏🙏🙏. One last thing, compared to a grade 8 gauss test, how hard is the math on either of the exams? (Would u classify the questions as part a, part b, or part c?)

Once again, your insight has been tremendously helpful and I'm much more confident about the upcoming tests.

They’re mostly part b, but it starts with maybe 1-2 part a and it ends with 1-2 part c

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