Tips for the GEP Screening and Selection Tests from someone who has actually passed the test before

Updated: Jul 4

Teacher Marcus is a GEP alumnus from Rosyth and Raffles Institution, Marcus has been tutoring students in English, Language Arts and Literature since 2005, and preparing students who are embarking on the GEP journey. Besides tutoring, Marcus writes scripts for Channel 5 TV shows such as Lion Moms and Crimewatch, as well as movie reviews for Yahoo and Rice Media!

With the GEP Screening and Selection Tests just around the corner, there's not much time left to prepare. But if you're a parent, you'd want to help your child as much as possible. So here are three useful ways you can help your child prepare for the GEP Selection Test - if you want to help, these are the ways that will make the most impact in the shortest amount of time.


For the GEP Screening Test, students will be tested on English and Mathematics - but not General Ability. In terms of preparation though, you should look at General Ability as something to familiarise students with.


There are three components to the GEP Selection Test - English, Mathematics, and General Ability. You can think of the General Ability component as IQ questions or brain teaser type questions, and the other two are self-explanatory.


Remember to keep these exercises fun and light, rather than forcing your child to plough through yet another series of "assessment books." When done correctly, they'll also double up as interesting ways to broaden your child's horizons!



1. Memorise vocabulary lists


For regular English exams in school, you can usually infer the meanings of words from context and clues in the passage, since unknown words hardly appear in isolation. But for the GEP Selection Test, you will see a series of analogy questions in the General Ability component.


For example:


FOUR is to SQUARE as THREE is to ______

A. HEXAGON

B. OCTAGON

C. TRIANGLE

D. PENTAGON


If you don't know what a triangle is, there is no way to infer the meaning because this word appears in isolation. So you need to have a wide vocabulary in order to tackle these questions effectively. Memorising new words (and what they mean) i