5 reasons why preparing for the OC test is important

by aiims | 07th December 2021 | , ,

“It’s just another test.”

“The test isn’t as hard as people say, it’s a scare tactic.”

“I hear you don’t have to prepare that much to perform well in the test.”

“I don’t understand why studying for the test is so important.”

If you’ve heard any of these statements about the Opportunity Class (OC) placement test, please don’t believe them.

What one student may consider easy; another student may find challenging. Even if both students are equally capable of learning in an OC environment.

Rather than relying on word of mouth to determine how you will support your child through the OC application process, it’s important to do your research and understand the value of adequate preparation.

This blog provides key information to help you start your research and make informed decisions about how your child will prepare for the OC test.

What is the OC test?

Opportunity Classes are offered in 76 government primary schools and cater to academically gifted students in Years 5 and 6 with high potential. These dedicated classes enable students to learn at a more advanced level with other students of similar academic ability.

The OC application process begins from Year 4, when students sit the OC placement test (usually in July or August). Admission to an OC involves the review of school assessment scores and a placement test for entry in Year 5 for a two-year placement program.

Receiving a placement into OC is a highly competitive process. In 2021, there were over 14,000 students applying for 1,830 vacancies. That’s an acceptance rate of only 13%!

Why prepare for the OC test?

Dedicating time to prepare for the OC test by learning relevant concepts, improving skills and developing exam techniques, is what sets apart students who succeed in the test from students who don’t. While adequate preparation does not guarantee a placement, it is important for several reasons:

1. Most students are doing a lot to prepare. It’s common for most students sitting the OC placement test to prepare well in advance. If your child doesn’t do the same, they will be at a disadvantage on test day.

2. The preparation your child does now will put them one step ahead if they decide to attempt the Selective placement test. If they do receive an OC placement, this learning environment will position them well for applying for a Selective placement.

3. Test taking skills are valuable and this is a great chance to develop them. By preparing for the OC test, your child will learn key test taking techniques (mental stamina, time management) to perform better in future tests.

4. It’s a step toward gaining the skills your child will need for success in high school. Preparing for the test is also an opportunity for your child to develop disciplined study habits that will set them up well for high school learning, which requires a greater level of commitment.

5. Feelings of being unprepared can be damaging to a student’s mental wellbeing. Preparation leads to confidence as students grow in their abilities through consistent effort. Sitting a test as important as the OC test with lack of preparation can cause a student to doubt their abilities and undermine their potential in the future.

How to prepare

If your child is sitting the OC placement test in 2022, start helping them prepare now. Seven months may seem like more than enough time, but to prepare effectively for the test requires taking advantage of every month between now and then.

You can start by reading our previous blogs, 7 Study Tips for OC Placement Test Success and  7 Useful Tips on Preparing your Child for the OC Placement Test, to equip you with practical strategies you can implement with your child.

The NSW Department of Education also encourages using sample test papers available on their website to practise answering questions, as running out of time is one of the most stressful things about the test.

How we can help

We’re here to support you and your child on your journey to Opportunity Class.

At Global Education Academy, we offer OC coaching designed to engage your child in a stimulating learning environment. To give your child an added advantage when sitting the OC placement test, find out more about our OC coaching program today.

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