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OC: Opportunity Class Placement Test (NSW)
Students are selected based on the outcome of their Opportunity Classes Placement test in Year 4, together with their academic performances at their schools.
Each year more than ten thousand Year 4 candidates compete to gain entry to seventeen hundred OC places in 73 public schools. Students from non-government schools, eg. independent schools, Catholic systemic schools are also eligible for selection.
Students applying to enter Year 5 Opportunity Classes can choose up to 2 schools, without any restrictions on the students’ residential locations, travelling times and transport arrangement.
These choices can be changed after the test date by written notification. However, parents need to check with the Department to ensure it is not too late for the changes.
The Opportunity Classes Placement Test for students entering Year 5 in the following year is usually scheduled for sometime in July. The test is free. Each candidate will be notified of his/her examination centre, usually in his/her local area, before the test date.
The test consists 2 parts of questions having totally
Schools, including public schools and non-government schools, are asked to provide assessments on candidates’ Mathematics and English based on their performances during Year 3 and first half of Year 4, using the schools’ own assessment criteria.
These mathematics and English assessments will then be calculated to rank all candidates from every school, based on the mean (average) and standard deviation (spread of scores).
If a candidate is not able to obtain assessments from his/her school, a letter of explanation from the candidate’s parent will be required to attach to the Application.
The Total Scores Used for OC Placement - Profile Scores. The full Profile Scores are 300, including
* If the school assessments are not available, the candidates’ Profile Scores will be solely based on the Test Scores.
The Application Packages are available from 11 May 2009 from all public primary schools for public school students. For students from non-government schools, the Application Packages are available from the branch offices of the Department of Education, or a public school with Opportunity Classes.
During November, the candidates will receive one of the selection outcomes:
Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Unit
NSW Department of Education and Training
Postal address: Locked Bag 6109 Milperra DC NSW 1891
Telephone: 02 9707 6262 Fax: 02 9707 6265