The test

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

Test date

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for 2021 entry will be held on Wednesday 16 September 2020. The test will be held on one day only and only in official test centres, usually government high schools, in NSW. There is no catch-up test.

Students are notified of their test centre location through the 'Test authority' letter. Students must sit the test at the authorised test centre location and on the advertised test date.

The 'Test authority' letter will be accompanied by a 'Test information bulletin' which contains detailed information about the test including what to bring on test day and how to show answers to questions.

Test information for applicants

Test authority

A 'Test authority' letter is sent to applicants by email along with the test centre location and extra information about the test. Every effort is made to send this information but it is your responsibility to ensure that you receive this test advice. If you select 'mail only' for correspondence when you apply, the test authority will be sent by post.

The 'Test authority' letter will be sent on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

If you did not receive your email please check your spam/junk folders before emailing the Team at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au.

The 'Test authority' information consists of:

  • a 'Test authority' letter (A printed copy must be taken to the allocated test centre on test day to be allowed to sit the test.)
  • a 'Test information bulletin' that explains the test and lists what your child should and should not bring. It also gives instructions for how to show the answers to the test questions.
  • information about a disability provision if relevant
  • a notice about special parking restrictions if they apply to your test centre.

Candidates from the same primary school are usually sent to the same test centre.

The 'list of primary schools and allocated test centres' for 2020 will be available two weeks before the test date.

A 'map of test centres for the test will also be available two weeks before the test date. Students must attend the test centre to which they have been allocated.

You must arrange for your child to travel to and from the test but you must not stay on the school grounds during the test unless the Team asks you to stay as part of a child's disability provision.

Opportunity Class Placement Test

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 and measures ability rather than performance on the school curriculum.

There are two parts to the test each comprising 35 multiple-choice questions in:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • general ability

Students have 30 minutes to answer each part of the test.

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.

Answers are recorded on computer-marked answer sheets. Students have half an hour to complete each part. For marking, students are identified by barcoded booklet numbers only.

If your child does not follow instructions and marks the answers on the question booklet instead of the answer sheet, the marks may not be counted.

Sample tests are provided to help students become familiar with the test format. 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. Opportunity class principals and executive officers will not consider scores on sample tests or any practice tests by coaching colleges as part of the selection process.

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.

Disability provisions

Applicants may request disability provisions because of a diagnosed disability including a medical condition or behavioural disorder at the time of submitting an opportunity class placement application. If you believe your child needs disability provisions, you will need to provide supporting evidence that focuses on the functional impact of the disability on test performance.

Find out more about disability 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 Team as part of disability provisions. Parents must abide by parking restrictions at, or near, the test centre.

Students need to bring with them to the test centre a printed copy of the 'Test authority' letter in order to be able to sit the test.

Students are not to bring:

  • pens
  • pencils
  • sharpeners
  • whiteout
  • erasers
  • watches, phones or other devices that compute, photograph or make a noise.
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