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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 2018 entry, Year 4 students will sit the test on Wednesday 26 July, 2017.

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.

Opportunity Class entry scores for 2017

Number of vacancies: 1,740
Number of applicants: 11,110

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 – 2017
Alexandria Park Community School 212
Alstonville Public School 170
Armidale City Public School 165
Artarmon Public School 229
Ashfield Public School 217
Balgowlah Heights Public School 223
Balmain Public School 207
Bathurst West Public School 160
Beecroft Public School 245
Biraban Public School 168
Blacktown South Public School 204
Blaxcell Street Public School 204
Blaxland East Public School 180
Bradbury Public School 176
Camden South Public School 187
Caringbah North Public Schoo 211
Casula Public School 207
Cessnock West Public School 161
Chatswood Public School 227
Chatswood Public School 189
Coonabarabran Public School 160
Cudgegong Valley Public School 159
Dubbo West Public School 162
Dural Public School 225
Earlwood Public School 222
Ermington Public School 236
Georges Hall Public School 217
Goonellabah Public School 162
Gosford Public School 200
Goulburn West Public School 174
Greenacre Public School 209
Greystanes Public School 224
Harrington Street Public School 214
Holsworthy Public School 224
Hurstville Public School 224
Illaroo Road Public School 158
Ironbark Ridge Public School 220
Jewells Primary School 192
Kingswood Public School 183
Leumeah Public School 206
Lithgow Public School 162
Maryland Public School 177
Matthew Pearce Public School 234
Mona Vale Public School 214
Moree Public School 162
Neutral Bay Public School 222
New Lambton South Public School 194
Newbridge Heights Public School 206
North Rocks Public School 242
Picnic Point Public School 214
Port Macquarie Public School 164
Quakers Hill Public School 217
Queanbeyan South Public School 167
Richmond Public School 161
Rutherford Public School 165
Ryde Public School 223
Smithfield Public School 200
Soldiers Point Public School 183
South Grafton Public School 162
St Andrews Public School 190
St Johns Park Public School 228
Sturt Public School 173
Summer Hill Public School 233
Sutherland Public School 213
Tahmoor Public School 160
Tamworth Public School 176
Tamworth South Public School 160
Tighes Hill Public School 178
Toormina Public School 162
Waitara Public School 226
Wentworth Falls Public School 182
Wilkins Public School 208
Wollongong Public School 213
Woollahra Public School 227
Wyong Public School 175

 

OC Preparation at Global Education Academy

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.

Why Global Education Academy?

GEA is located in the heart of Kogarah in an easy access to trains and buses. Plenty of carparks and street parking.

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 02 8084 1010.

Source: https://education.nsw.gov.au/media/schools-operation/minimumscoresforopportunityclassentryfor2017.pdf