The test

Students seeking entry to an opportunity class should sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test held in designated test centres each year.

Test dates

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for 2018 entry will be held on Wednesday 26 July 2017. The test is held only on this day and only in official test centres in NSW. There is no catch-up test.


Date of Opportunity Class Placement Test
(for Year 4 students seeking entry to Year 5 the following year)

2017 Wednesday 26 July 2017
2018 Wednesday 1 August 2018
2019 Wednesday 31 July 2019
2020 Wednesday 29 July 2020

Students are notified of their test centre location through the test information bulletin. Students must sit the test at the authorised test centre location and on the advertised test date.

The bulletin also includes an 'Authority to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test' and information about the test.

Test information

Applicants will be advised by Wednesday 12 July 2017 where to take their children to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test. The Test authority letter and further information about the test will be included. It will be sent by email and by mail.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test is written by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is a secure test and papers cannot be viewed before or after the test session. The test does not normally contain any questions used in previous tests.

There are two parts to the test each comprising multiple-choice questions in:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • general ability

Preparing for the test

Students will be more comfortable with the test process if they are informed about the format of the test, the types of questions and what the answer sheet looks like. Sample tests are provided to help students become familiar with the test. However, the Department of Education does not recommend any specific coaching for the test.

Results of sample tests are not necessarily indicative of how a student will score in their Opportunity Class Placement Test. The selection committee will not consider scores on sample tests or any practice tests by coaching colleges.

Sample tests

The following sample tests may assist in preparation for the Opportunity Class Placement Test. Students mark their answers in black pen which will be supplied at the test centre.

Answer sheet

Students answer the multiple-choice questions on an answer sheet by colouring in the answer box for the alternative A, B, C or D that best answers the question. Black pen is to be used (supplied at the test centre).

Students are shown how to complete the answer sheet at the beginning of the test. It is better to guess an answer than leave it blank as no marks are deducted for wrong answers.

Go to a sample answer sheet (PDF 1.78MB) for an example.

Special test provisions

Applicants may request special test provisions because of a diagnosed disability, medical condition or behavioural disorder at the time of submitting an opportunity class placement application. Evidence, such as a medical certificate, is required.

Find out more about special test provisions.

Test day

Appropriate transport arrangements should be made to ensure students arrive at the test centre in time for the commencement of the test. Parents cannot remain at the test centre unless specifically authorised by the high performing students unit as part of special provisions. Parents must abide by parking restrictions at, or near, the test centre.

Students need to bring with them to the test centre the 'Authority to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test' in order to be able to sit the test.

Students are not to bring:

  • pens
  • pencils
  • sharpeners
  • whiteout
  • erasers
  • watches, phones and so on that compute, photograph or make a noise.

Illness or misadventure

If your child was unable to sit the test or unable to do his or her best in the test for some reason, or could not do his or her best in the school assessments, find out about making an illness or misadventure claim within 2 weeks of the test.

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