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Get Ready for the Opportunity Class Exam in 2018

The OC (Opportunity Class) is aimed for academically gifted & talented students for a two year program in year 5 and 6. The placement test is done in year 4 (July or August), testing student’s mixed ability in English, Mathematics and General Ability.

Currently, there are 75 schools with OC placements in NSW.

The test will be held on Wednesday July 2018.

This year’s application opens on April 2017 (second week of term 2) and closes on Friday 15th May. These applications are made online so parents should keep an eye out on the latest news from the schools. Please note that schools may not make public announcements for this test so it is best to contact the school personally to ensure you get the information in time. Students can choose up to 2 schools. For a map of the schools that offer OC classes close to your area, go to http://www.maptive.com/ver3/Opportunity

The test itself consists of Part 1 and Part 2. Both parts will have a mix of English, Mathematics and General Ability questions. Students are to fill in their answers onto an answer sheet with bubbles to colour in for the corresponding question. The overall mark students receive is out of 300 for each of the three areas. School assessment marks for English and Mathematics from year 3 and year 4 are also factored in for this final score. However, because General Ability is not a subject they teach at school, it is impossible for the school to provide a mark for it. Therefore, students must earn the 100 marks they are able to get for General Ability solely in the test. This is where we feel students are underprepared for the exam. In General Ability, most questions involve frequent decoding, pattern finding, specific vocabulary/phrases and logical deductions, creative and critical thinking.

OC test is a measure of ability for students in year 4, a time when the child is just starting to be aware of the things around them and the world they live in. For this reason, the OC test will prove to be harder than the Selective Test that they are able to sit for in year 6 when their cognitive ability is much higher.

Ideal candidates should preferably have and be

  • Enthusiastic with an overall interest in learning
  • Enjoys challenging problem solving work
  • Use critical thinking to solve difficult patterns & problems
  • Sharp eye for detail and durable memory
  • Existing knowledge and application of algebra and other higher order algorithm skills
  • Gains satisfaction after learning something new
  • and generally, high aptitude to work beyond their expected level

Every week, homework is given and will be marked and returned weekly to not only help students understand their weaknesses and how to conquer them but also let the teachers plan their next lessons to tailor student’s learning needs. In time, students will be doing weekly trial test drills in the same format and conditions of the actual test. This will help them students will develop effective exam strategies such as time management and scan-reading to do well in the test. As time is limited for the test, these skills will provide student with the boost they need to achieve successfully.

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