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.
Students who wish to be placed in OC in Year 5 need to sit the test in Year 4. For 2020 entry, Year 4 students will sit the test on Wednesday 31 July, 2019.
Parents of prospective applicants for OC must complete an “Intention to Apply” form provided by the school, then complete an online application.
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.
Number of vacancies: 1,740
Number of applicants: 11,850
Below is a list showing every school in NSW and their minimum entry score for opportunity class. The minimum entry score is the score of the lowest scoring student to accept a place there.
|OPPORTUNITY CLASS||Minimum entry – 2018|
|Alexandria Park Community School||205|
|Alstonville Public School||162|
|Armidale City Public School||185|
|Artarmon Public School||232|
|Ashfield Public School||222|
|Balgowlah Heights Public School||215|
|Balmain Public School||212|
|Bathurst West Public School||160|
|Beecroft Public School||246|
|Biraban Public School||160|
|Blacktown South Public School||216|
|Blaxcell Street Public School||201|
|Bradbury Public School||190|
|Camden South Public School||189|
|Caringbah North Public Schoo||209|
|Casula Public School||209|
|Cessnock West Public School||161|
|Chatswood Public School||229|
|Colyton Public School||189|
|Coonabarabran Public School||161|
|Cudgegong Valley Public School||169|
|Dubbo West Public School||160|
|Dural Public School||230|
|Earlwood Public School||213|
|Ermington Public School||234|
|Georges Hall Public School||225|
|Goonellabah Public School||164|
|Gosford Public School||205|
|Goulburn West Public School||163|
|Greenacre Public School||201|
|Greystanes Public School||228|
|Harrington Street Public School||204|
|Holsworthy Public School||216|
|Hurstville Public School||217|
|Illaroo Road Public School||164|
|Ironbark Ridge Public School||225|
|Jewells Primary School||185|
|Kingswood Public School||188|
|Leumeah Public School||208|
|Lithgow Public School||160|
|Maryland Public School||171|
|Matthew Pearce Public School||237|
|Mona Vale Public School||216|
|Moree Public School||162|
|Neutral Bay Public School||225|
|New Lambton South Public School||211|
|Newbridge Heights Public School||197|
|North Rocks Public School||238|
|Picnic Point Public School||223|
|Port Macquarie Public School||162|
|Quakers Hill Public School||219|
|Queanbeyan South Public School||160|
|Richmond Public School||167|
|Rutherford Public School||174|
|Ryde Public School||227|
|Smithfield Public School||189|
|Soldiers Point Public School||181|
|South Grafton Public School||160|
|St Andrews Public School||199|
|St Johns Park Public School||215|
|Sturt Public School||181|
|Summer Hill Public School||233|
|Sutherland Public School||209|
|Tahmoor Public School||171|
|Tamworth Public School||183|
|Tamworth South Public School||161|
|Tighes Hill Public School||187|
|Toormina Public School||163|
|Waitara Public School||231|
|Wentworth Falls Public School||180|
|Wilkins Public School||215|
|Wollongong Public School||207|
|Woollahra Public School||217|
|Wyong Public School||177|
At Global Education Academy, our OC Preparation Course exposes students to the structure and types of questions commonly used in the OC Placement Test and gives them systematic instruction and practice to cultivate higher order thinking skills.
With her extensive knowledge and experience in ICAS-maths at Educational Assessment Australia – UNSW, our founder Dr. Awawdeh has developed a comprehensive program that involves all the techniques needed to answer questions that require higher-order thinking, particularly multiple choice questions.
The GEA OC preparation course is structured around the three areas that are tested; English, mathematics and general ability. It also enhances student performance across these disciplines. Students need to have exceptional skills in reasoning, problem-solving, exam strategies, extended vocabulary, extensive general ability, time management (as they have less than one minute to answer each question) and the ability to manage their cognitive load effectively.
The program allows students to consistently practice problem-solving strategies and mathematical reasoning skills to achieve exceptional performance. It also improves their reading comprehension and expands their vocabulary and general knowledge.
Students attend a 4-hour class once a week for 25 weeks. Term 1 and Term 2 and 5 intensive days in the holiday before the test (July).
The program includes 5 mock tests where students complete each test under exam conditions. These mock tests mimic the actual test. Comprehensive feedback is given to students in the following session.
Each week, students receive units written by GEA that are mapped to the syllabus and written based on Cognitive Load Theory.
In week 9 of each term of the course, students are assessed to measure their progress. Full feedback is given to students. Week 10 is the consolidation week. Parents receive a comprehensive report of their child’s progress and full support in the application process.
GEA boasts two convenient locations, the first is in the heart of Kogarah, and the second in Turramurra, catering for families in the upper-north shore and surrounds.
Sessions at Global Education Academy are conducted in a supportive, friendly, and engaging learning environment where the academic development of each student comes first. We also offer our students many hours of extra support.
To apply for GEA’s OC Intensive Preparation Holiday Course please click here or call us on 1300 001 432.