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The introduction of thinking skills as a replacement for general ability (GA) in 2021 seems to be the biggest challenge for students and parents in the new testing format.


This is aligned with the Department of Education’s aim to place greater emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving skills as opposed to skills that can be drilled and rote learned. Experts say that this will tilt the exam away from logic and reasoning in favour of students who are able to think critically and creatively, meaning that the entrance to selective schools are more dependent on student ability than education background.


According to the latest update on the department’s website, thinking skills in the 21st century are divided into 5 categories.

At EX Learning, we curate our programs to embed these skills into the lessons. We strive to help students develop and improve on a combination of these skills, rather than targeting them individually. With this in mind, we aim to nurture your child not only for success in their education, but also in their lives.


For your reference, here is an example of a thinking question inspired by the sample test:

Driverless cars save passengers 20 percent of their standard travel time due to automation efficiencies.


Despite this, driverless cars are 0.01 times more likely to cause minor incidental accidents.


Which of the following statements best supports why the reward of driverless cars outweighs the risk?


A) The accidents are only minor, and don't often occur

B) The benefit of a driverless cars is 20 times the value of the risk of the minor accidents they cause

C) Incidental accidents don’t actually hurt anyone

D) The benefit of driverless cars as great as 20 percent is a lot of time saved

E) The fundamental risk of a driverless car is small because they only cause minor accidents


Comment below and let us know what you think is the answer!


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