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Curtin University of Technology
Twins and Multiples

Exams and tests

While class tests have always been part of schooling, the last few years have seen a resurgence of large-scale assessment of children in primary schools in many countries. The reasons for this range from the more political ones of comparing schools and their performance to the more thorough identification of children who may need learning support. Here we examine specific issues that may arise for multiples. Examinations such as A levels (UK) or tertiary entrance exams (Australia) are considered in the section on adolescent multiples.

Scholarships, bursaries and selective programs

An increasingly cause of anxiety and controversy concerns twins and higher multiples who are doing assessment for scholarship, bursaries or access to advanced programs in such areas a music or languages. What happens if one twin but not the other is successful? Increasingly parents do seem to be appealing-if one got in, then the other should as well. There is really no justification for this and you can imagine how the parents of unsuccessful singleborn children would complain if a child were allowed in, just because their twin had been successful.

Families and schools really need to think about the implications of one succeeding in this competitive environment, while the other(s) do not, BEFORE they even decide to apply.