How to apply OC Placement

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How to apply & get selected for opportunity class?

We are often asked about Opportunity Class – what is it, who should apply, what is the selection criteria and what does it mean if your child is accepted? So we have put together a post of our most commonly asked questions regarding Opportunity Class.

What is Opportunity Class?

Opportunity Classes (OC) are offered in selected government schools across NSW and cater for academically gifted and talented children in Years 5 and 6. They provide a rich and intellectually stimulating educational environment.

How long has OC been around for?

Opportunity classes have a long history in NSW, with the first ones established in 1932.

What type of child is suitable for OC?

Gifted children are usually bored and consequently disengaged at school. Being in an OC will challenge them and keep them engaged and interested.

How is OC administered?

There are several ways in which OC is administered in schools – a Year 5 opportunity class, a Year 6 opportunity class, a Year 5/6 composite opportunity class or a composite class consisting of opportunity class and non-opportunity class students.

Is OC a pathway to Selective High School?

It is important to note that OC is NOT a pathway to Selective. However, being in an OC class provides a competitive environment and a ‘taste’ of Selective High School. Furthermore, sitting the test gives parents an indication as to whether the child can perform under exam conditions. In other words, parents can see if it is worth attempting the Selective Test or if extra support is needed. OC is also a great foundation for students wishing to gain a scholarship to a private high school.

Is the OC test competitive?

The OC placement test is an extremely competitive test. Each year, over 10,000 Year 4 students across NSW sit the OC placement test and only 1800 gain a position.

What determines offers into OC? Is it only the OC placement test mark?

No. Entry into OC is administered by High Performing Students Unit of the NSW Department of Education and determined by two factors:

  1. Students’ results in the OC Test – English (reading comprehension), mathematics and general ability.
  2. Students’ school’s assessment of their performance in English and mathematics in Year 4 and occasionally Year 3.

If my child is accepted into OC, will they have to move school?

The OC only runs in selected government schools. There are 75 primary schools with opportunity classes across NSW. If your child’s current school does not offer OC, then yes, they will have to move schools. Parents can always decline the offer if they wish.

When do students sit the OC placement test?

Students who wish to be placed in OC in Year 5 need to sit the test in Year 4. The placement test typically takes place in July.

How do I apply for my child to sit the OC placement test?

Parents need to complete an online application.

When do I apply?

The key dates for the OC test in 2018:

Date Activity
1 May 2018 Application opens online
18 May 2018 Application closes (no late applications)
1 August 2018 Opportunity class placement test for entry in 2019
15 August 2018 Requests for consideration of Illness or misadventure submitted by applicants
mid October 2018 (approx) Placement outcome information sent to parents
26 October 2018 Appeals due to principals
mid January 2019 Authority to attend letter sent to parents for enrolling at the school in 2019
The key dates for the OC Test in 2018

Are there any past tests available?

No, there are no past tests accessible to the public. However, there are sample tests and also mock tests available.

What does the OC Placement test involve?

There are two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) to the test each comprising of multiple-choice questions in:

  • English (total 20 questions)
  • Mathematics (total 20 questions)
  • General ability (total 30 questions)

The two parts are not discrete. Each part’s duration is 30 minutes. Each part includes 10 questions of mathematics, 10 questions in English and 15 questions of general ability.