Opportunity classes – Year 5


Find out about key dates in the placement process for Year 5 entry in 2022.

Opportunity Class Placement Test

The Opportunity Class Placement Test has been rescheduled to Wednesday 17 November 2021. The test will be computer-based test, 60 minutes in total, and sat in one single session.

Where possible the test will be conducted in the students' primary school, and to maintain community safety, the test will be administered by the school's teachers. Alternative testing arrangements will be made where the test cannot be held at the primary school.

Parents will receive 'Test authority' advice by email on Wednesday 3 November 2021 which will confirm where their children will sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test. Parents will also receive a test information bulletin at the same time which will provide further detail about the test including how students can familiarise themselves with a computer based sample test.

A new, modified timeline is being implemented to ensure students can be placed into Year 5 opportunity classes at the beginning of the 2022 school year. View the Fact sheet for parents and students which outlines the new dates for each remaining part of the placement process.

Please continue to check the NSW Department of Education website for current advice for families.

Please log in to your application dashboard and ensure that your contact details and child's current school are up to date. Send a message to the Team through the application dashboard if the school or any other details have changed.

Late application requests

Parents and carers had up until 21 June 2021 to lodge a late application request. It is no longer possible to accept late application requests.

Changes to the test

The Opportunity Class Placement Test will change in 2021 for placement in 2022. The new test will consist of thinking skills, mathematical reasoning and reading comprehension.

In 2021 the Opportuntiy Class Placement Test will be delivered as a computer based format.

These changes are in response to the findings of the 2018 Review of Selective Education Access report, commissioned by the NSW Department of Education.

We encourage parents to monitor this website regularly for further updates on the opportunity class process for placement in 2022.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.

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