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.

Opportunity Class entry scores for 2019

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

 

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 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.

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