SEEK Program - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the SEEK class?

The SEEK Program is designed to cater for the educational needs of high achieving students.  The program challenges students to perform at their very best in the four core subjects of Mathematics, English, Humanities (History and Geography) and Science, as well as in a range of subjects which contribute to the breadth of their educational experience.

The SEEK Program will require students to study more complex and abstract concepts in class with an emphasis on higher order thinking skills.

Provided students continue to excel academically, they remain in the program for four years (Years 7-10) and then move into their VCE studies.

What are the expectations of students within the SEEK Program?

Students should be hard working and capable of performing at the top of a normal class.  Our selection process, comprising of an ACER test followed by an interview allows the College to assess the suitability of applicants.

Placement in the program is a privilege and students must make a commitment to perform at their best.  

It is also an expectation that families enrol their child into the SEEK Program for four years, followed by VCE. In many cases, after three years within the SEEK program, the student will be offered the opportunity to study a VCE subject whilst studying Year 10.  This is after consultation with the student’s teachers and their parents. Studying one subject whilst still in Year 10 gives the student an insight into studying at the VCE level before they undertake full time VCE in the following year.

What happens if my child cannot maintain the academic rigor the SEEK Program requires?

The progress of students will be monitored by the class room teachers and the SEEK Program Coordinator, as well as the Year Level Coordinators. Students must maintain the necessary academic performance to remain in the program, and if they are unable to do so they will be removed from the SEEK Program and placed into the schools normal program.  This may happen at any stage over the four year SEEK Program.

How much homework can I expect my child to be given in the SEEK Program?

All students in Years 7 and 8 at Braybrook College are expected to complete 60 minutes of homework per night, plus 20 minutes of reading.  Those in Years 9 and 10 are expected to complete 1.5-2 hours per night, plus 20-30 minutes of reading. Students within the SEEK Program are expected to spend the same amount of time on homework, but it should be completed to a higher standard.

Is it possible to join the SEEK program in any year other than Year 7?

The main intake of students for the SEEK Program occurs at the Year 7 level.  Generally, as each student is committing to the program for four years, there is no other intake at any other year level. However, there may be a few places available in Year 9.  If this is the case, students from within the Braybrook College cohort are recommended by their Year 8 teachers and they will be asked to sit the entrance test towards the end of Year 8.  This situation is not guaranteed to happen every year.

The Application Process

What are the steps involved in getting into the SEEK Program?
  1. The first step is to fill out an Expression of Interest form for the SEEK Program. This form is available from the school website or from the SEEK Coordinator.  It must be returned to Braybrook College Office no later than 4pm on the 26th April, 2019.
  2. A $70.00 fee also needs to be paid into the General Office when the Expression of Interest form is returned, no later than 4pm on the 26th April, 2019.
  3. Students sitting the ACER test need to come to the Braybrook College Library, entering from the Burke Street (Coles) side of the College on Saturday 11th May, 2019 at 9.00am. The actual test will begin at 9.30am, and will run until 12.15.
  4. Results for the test will take a few weeks, after which parents will be notified if their child has progressed to the next interview stage. A successful interview will confirm acceptance into the program.

What is assessed on the ACER test?

The ACER test comprises three test papers:

  • Reading Comprehension (multiple choice) - 45mins
  • Written Expression - 25mins
  • Mathematical Reasoning (multiple choice) - 40mins

There will be a short break between test papers 2 and 3.

Candidates who arrive late will not be admitted.

How long does the test take?

The ACER test runs for 2hrs and 40 mins.

What should my child bring on the day of the test?

  • Two HB or B pencils
  • A good quality eraser
  • A pencil sharpener
  • Two blue or black pens
  • A bottle of water
  • A snack for the break between test papers 2 and 3.
  • No other equipment will be needed. You will not require a ruler, paper or calculator.
Does my child have to sit the ACER test if they have already done so at another school?

Yes.  ACER has a range of tests that each school can chose from, so in order for your child’s results to be compared with others sitting the ACER test at our school, they need to sit the same test on the same day.

How to prepare for the ACER test?

There are no past papers available, but you are able to purchase a sample question booklet for $25.00 from the ACER website (acer.org/au/hast-secondary).  The ACER website also has general information about the test and a small number of questions at no cost.

Can parents stay with their child whilst they sit the ACER test?

No.  Parents are asked to drop their child off at the Braybrook College Library by 9.00 where the SEEK Program Coordinator will greet them.   Parents are then asked to return to the Library promptly at 12.15pm to pick up their child.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Braybrook College SEEK Coordinator, Eleanor Gunter or Jessica De Silva, by phoning the school on 9312-2900 and leaving a message, or email
gunter.eleanor.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
de.silva.jessica.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

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