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UPDATE: For 2019 Opportunity Class entry marks click here.

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 1 August, 2018.

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 2018

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 206
Alstonville Public School 163
Armidale City Public School 164
Artarmon Public School 230
Ashfield Public School 224
Balgowlah Heights Public School 212
Balmain Public School 215
Bathurst West Public School 169
Beecroft Public School 245
Biraban Public School 162
Blacktown South Public School 210
Blaxcell Street Public School 204
Bradbury Public School 186
Camden South Public School 187
Caringbah North Public Schoo 216
Casula Public School 208
Cessnock West Public School 163
Chatswood Public School 224
Colyton Public School 189
Coonabarabran Public School 160
Cudgegong Valley Public School 160
Dubbo West Public School 161
Dural Public School 227
Earlwood Public School 212
Ermington Public School 239
Georges Hall Public School 220
Goonellabah Public School 161
Gosford Public School 199
Goulburn West Public School 166
Greenacre Public School 203
Greystanes Public School 226
Harrington Street Public School 212
Holsworthy Public School 212
Hurstville Public School 224
Illaroo Road Public School 169
Ironbark Ridge Public School 226
Jewells Primary School 183
Kingswood Public School 187
Leumeah Public School 215
Lithgow Public School 160
Maryland Public School 174
Matthew Pearce Public School 236
Mona Vale Public School 211
Moree Public School 164
Neutral Bay Public School 223
New Lambton South Public School 188
Newbridge Heights Public School 205
North Rocks Public School 241
Picnic Point Public School 219
Port Macquarie Public School 160
Quakers Hill Public School 222
Queanbeyan South Public School 164
Richmond Public School 165
Rutherford Public School 176
Ryde Public School 224
Smithfield Public School 200
Soldiers Point Public School 167
South Grafton Public School 161
St Andrews Public School 191
St Johns Park Public School 225
Sturt Public School 177
Summer Hill Public School 238
Sutherland Public School 219
Tahmoor Public School 166
Tamworth Public School 181
Tamworth South Public School 162
Tighes Hill Public School 181
Toormina Public School 161
Waitara Public School 227
Wentworth Falls Public School 193
Wilkins Public School 215
Wollongong Public School 205
Woollahra Public School 221
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 our newest campus is located 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 02 8084 1010.

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