Gifted & Talented Discovery Program - Exam 2013

How do I register for the exam?

Registration for the Gifted and Talented Discovery Program Qualifying Exam is now closed. Late applications may be accepted. Please contact .

  1. Information regarding the Gifted & Talented Discovery Program Qualifying Exam will be distributed to all Science Alliance members, posted on this website and faxed to all high schools in NSW and ACT in early October.
  2. Online exam registration is open from Tuesday 8 October until Friday 25 October. Late applications may be accepted in 2013. Please contact Jessica Morris directly by phone (02) 9114 0825 or email if you have any questions about this or the program.
  3. To become a Science Alliance member and receive regular updates on all our programs and events visit: Science Alliance Membership

When is the exam sat?

Exams will be sent to all schools in late October. All exams must be sat at your school between 4-15 November 2013. Students and schools will be notified of their results in March.

Who can sit the exam?

Students how are currently in Years 8 and 9 (who will be entering Years 9 or 10 in 2013) are eligible to sit the exam.

If you have any Year 7 students who you feel would benefit from the program, please contact directly to discuss the possibility of their involvement.

The Exam

To qualify for the program students must sit a 40-minute exam. The multiple-choice exam consists of questions that are designed to test the student's ability to solve scientific problems in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. All students sit the same exam. The exam must be sat under appropriate exam conditions.

Each returned exam costs $6.60 (inc GST).

A Sample Question

Read this information then answer the two questions that follow.

A student conducts an investigation where he places two different rocks into equal volumes of water in a measuring cylinder as shown below. Rocks are carefully added to the cylinders to ensure no water is spilt. The cylinders are left for one day in the same environmental conditions.

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Observations made immediately after the rocks were added to the cylinders.

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Observations made one day after the rocks are added.

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Observations made one day after the rocks are added.

Question 1:

From the observations made immediately after the rocks were placed in the cylinders, choose the most correct statement.
(A) Rock A has a volume of 0.8L
(B) Rock B has the same volume as rock A.
(C) Rock B has a volume of 3L.
(D) Rock A takes up more space because of its shape.

Question 2:

Which of the following is a correct conclusion that the student could make from the observations made one day after adding the rocks to the water?
(A) Someone removed the rock B from the second container.
(B) Water evaporated from the second container.
(C) Rock B has dissolved in the water.
(D) Rock B has melted.