Everything you need to know about Opportunity Class Tests
What is an Opportunity Class?
Academically gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students
provided opportunity classes in government primary schools. These classes
assist students in learning by combining them with students of similar
aptitude, utilising specialised teaching methods, and providing educational
resources at the correct pace.
Parents generally apply when students are in Year 4. Students who are placed
attend an opportunity class full-time in Years 5 and 6 at a primary school
with an opportunity class. It is a two-year programme. Students who accept a
position in an opportunity class usually leave their current school to
attend the institution that offers the opportunity class.
There are 77 schools in New South Wales that have Opportunity Classes. A
total of 1840 places are available in these 77 schools across New South
Wales out of which 30 places are reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students and about a 100 places are available for a virtual
Opportunity Class for students enrolled in regional public schools that do
not have an Opportunity Class provision.
Dates and Test Structure
Opportunity Class Test will be held on Thursday, 28th July 2022.
The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be paper-based
and is held
There are three tests conducted on the same day that test the student’s
Reading, Mathematical Reasoning and Thinking Skills. These tests are
designed to measure the student’s ability
and not academic
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School uniform + jumper and hat if it is a cold day.
Each student should be at the test centre by 9:00am.
Students should sit the test at their own primary schools or at an
external test centre if assigned to them.
Students who arrive late to the test centre may be allowed to sit
the test but will not be given extra time and will complete the test
the same time as the other students.
Students found cheating will be disqualified.
Students are ranked according to their intellectual ability based on their
performance on the placement test.
Special consideration will be given to students from low socio-educational
advantaged backgrounds, Aboriginal students, students from rural and remote
areas, and gifted learners with disabilities to promote fair and equitable
access for all high potential and gifted students.
If a student missed the exam for a legitimate reason, alternative academic
merit evidence would be used to determine the student's ranking. The
selection committee will then review this rank and decide where to place
Outcome of the Test
The outcome of the test will be given by the evening on Friday, 7th October
2022 This can have three outcomes. The child can get a place in their school
of choice one, or placed in the waiting list of school of choice 1 or 2 or
either based on rank, or unsuccessful for both schools of choices or a
combination of option one and two.
If your child is offered a place at your first school of choice and has a
high enough ranking to be offered a place at your second choice school, the
second choice school will be marked as 'not applicable.'
A response form is included with the offer for students who have received
offers. Revert back to the Examination Team by the deadline specified on the
If you accept an offer or reserve a spot, you will receive a 'Placement
outcome information bulletin' that explains the terms used and the next
steps in the placement process. A response form is not required for the
reserve list only.
The selection committee may need additional research for a small number of
applications. Those applicants will be informed as soon as possible.
Responding to the Offer
Complete, sign and return the form within two weeks if you receive it by
email. If you get an offer by phone, you may need to respond within 24
hours. If you do not respond to your offer, the Team may assume you do not
want the offer.
If you change your mind about accepting an offer, please notify the Team as
soon as possible via your application dashboard. The position can then be
offered to the next person on the reserve list.
If you will not be able to access your email account for more than a week,
such as when on vacation without internet access when outcomes are due, you
can notify the Team in advance by sending a message in your application
dashboard that you will accept any offer if your child qualifies.
And lastly, know that team Hey Guru
is always there to support you.
out the courses and help available at Hey Guru
to get your child started on
the path to OC and then the Selective School Examination! Please contact us
for more information, and we will do our best to assist you in all possible
For updated information about opportunity classes, please visit NSW education website