**HMST Entrance Exam**

## Venue Details

- Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017.
- Registration: 9:15 - 9:45 am at the front entrance.
- Exam: 10:00-11:30 am in the cafeteria and several classrooms.

## Entrance Exam Structure

**Part A: Mathematics**(35 multiple choice questions)

Math curriculum topics (Gr 7/8/9)

- Number sense and Numeration (order of operations, fractions, decimals, exponents, percents, and ratios)
- Measurement (surface area and volume of various shapes, unit conversion)
- Geometry and Spatial Sense (properties of quadrilaterals, angle relationships for parallel and intersecting lines, similar shapes, Pythagorean theorem, transformations of shapes)
- Patterning and Algebra (linear sequence, patterns in algebraic expressions, one-step and multi-step linear equations)
- Data Management and Probability (displaying data using histograms and scatter plots, calculating probability of complementary events)

**Part B: Science and Technology**(35 multiple choice questions)

Science curriculum topics (Gr 7/8/9)

- Understanding Life Systems - Interaction in the Environment (Gr 7/9) & Cells (Gr 8)
- Understanding Structures and Mechanisms - Form and Function (Gr 7) & Systems in Action (Gr 8)
- Understanding Matter and Energy - Pure Substances and Mixtures (Gr 7/9) & Fluids (Gr 8)
- Understanding Earth and Space Systems - Heat and the Environment (Gr 7/9) & Water Systems (Gr 8)

## Tips for the Entrance Exam*

**Exam Timing**

For every exam, it is important to calculate the amount of time you can spend on each section or question according to the number of marks it is worth. For the 90 minute HMST Entrance Exam with 70 questions, allow up to 1 minute for each question, with some time to spare to review your work.

**Answer Questions Systematically**

Careless mistakes are often made when students rush through the "stem," or first part of the question, and miss important information. Try this approach to make sure you read each question thoroughly.

- Cover up the alternatives before you read the stem (the first part of the question)
- Read the stem carefully
- Process the stem:
- Underline key words
- Translate the question into your own words
- Watch for small but important words, such as not or always.

- Underline key words
- Predict an answer.
- Uncover the alternatives and read all of them carefully, even if the first choice seems correct.
- Identify the best response.

Decode Difficult Questions

The language of multiple choice questions can sometimes lead to confusion about what the question is really asking. Try these techniques when you encounter a question with difficult or confusing wording:

- Pay attention to absolute terms, such as never, always or none. They often (but not always) indicate that the statement is false.
- Pay attention to the use of negatives, such as not, unless or none. Some students find it helpful to rephrase stems with two negatives in positive terms.
- Look for distractors — extraneous bits of information that might distract you from the real purpose of the question. As you read the stem, cross out the distractors and underline the key points to help you maintain focus.
- Rephrase a stem in your own words; for example, try changing a question to a statement. Be careful, however, not to lose sight of the original meaning of the stem.
- Treat each alternative as a true-false statement, and search for the one true statement amid the alternatives.
- If you're debating between two similar answers, try identifying which is the worse answer, rather than which is the better one. Looking at the question from a different perspective can sometimes help to clarify the underlying purpose of the question.

Keep in mind that these techniques will not work for all questions, and that they can be time-consuming. If some of these techniques seem helpful, make sure you familiarize yourself with them in a practice exam well before the midterm or exam.

* Tips taken from University of Guelph website: http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca