Application process

Applications for opportunity class entry in 2024 have now closed. Late applications cannot be accepted except where some very stringent conditions are met.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test was conducted on Thursday 27 July 2023.

About the application site

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The application site is best viewed in landscape view if used on a mobile device.

For information about accessibility, see accessibility information.

Steps to apply

All applicants must complete the following steps to apply for Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2024. Read 'Information for applicants' before making an application.



  1. To apply, go to the online application (available from 30 March) for opportunity class placement before midnight on 15 May 2023. Follow the instructions for applying.
  2. First register by entering your own name, a valid email address and a password in the online form - do not use a student's email address.
  3. You will receive an email with your verification link for the online application.
  4. Click on the link that has been sent to your email account to verify your email and complete the registration process.
  5. Return to the application and log in using your email address and the password you provided.
  6. If you forget the password, go to 'Forgot your password?' on the home page. Enter your email address and click 'Submit' to get an email to reset your password. Previous passwords will no longer be valid.
  7. Once you have logged in, follow the steps on each page to complete the placement application.
  8. Make us aware if your child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition, so that reasonable adjustments for disability can be arranged.
  9. Upload relevant documents if applicable. You can also upload documents and send and receive messages after you submit but no later than 19 May 2023.
  10. Choose up to two schools with opportunity classes in the order of preference.
  11. Make sure you save your application if you want to leave it and return to it later. Then you can pick up where you left off when you return.
  12. Check all the details you have entered and correct any errors before submitting. You can also log in and make changes after you have submitted.
  13. When you have completed your application click 'Submit'.
  14. Check your email for the confirmation of your application. You can view your application responses after you have submitted.
  15. Log in at any time to send and receive messages about the application and make changes within key dates. Remember to submit again after you make changes.

Contact the Selective Education Unit if you experience any difficulties in completing or submitting your application or if you do not receive a confirmation email.

Messages and changes to the application

You can make changes to your application after it has been submitted. You can update your details and upload documents. You can also send messages directly to the Selective Education Unit and receive messages within your application dashboard. You can also withdraw your application if you no longer want your child considered.

It is your responsibility to check and correct your application if your details change.

Log in to your application dashboard to make changes. Go to the three dots under the 'Action' column on the right to see options to update the details in the application. Save and then resubmit after making changes.

Some changes are restricted to certain key dates. You can change school choices up to midnight on 6 August 2023 for entry in 2024. Changes of school choice cannot normally be made after the due date or after outcomes are released. After the outcome is released you cannot change the school choice on the basis that the student could have qualified for a different school.


After submitting your application you will receive a confirmation email with:

  • a copy of the application including an application number - include this number on all communication with the Unit
  • a 'Principal's page for the provision of information' for non-government school principals to complete (non-government school applicants only)
  • You can view your application responses after you have submitted the application.

You will also receive a message in your dashboard confirming the submitted application.

Applying without internet access

Use the internet at a public library if you do not have access at home. If you don't use email, set up a web-based email account such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or similar. Use that account to register to apply. Check your new email account for the confirmation email straight after submitting the application. Check the spam or junk folder as well as the Inbox.

Contact the Selective Education Unit for assistance if you have a disability that prevents you from using a computer.

Parent details

Record the names of other parents in the application if they are likely to contact the Unit or if they are entitled to receive information or make decisions about the application. Where parents live at different addresses but have equal responsibility for the care of the child, the parent with whom the child lives for most of the time should submit the application. If the student lives with each parent for equal time, the parent with whom the child is staying at the time should apply.

Please apply only once for the same student. Duplicate applications will be deleted.

The Unit will not participate in parental disputes and will accept decisions about school choices and placement made by the parent who applied, unless there are court orders stating otherwise. Where parents cannot agree, the matter will be dealt with according to the Department's guidelines for dealing with family law related issues.

Additional documents

You can upload documents by logging in to your application at any time, including after you have submitted. Please ensure you upload copies of the following supporting documents if any of these apply to your child:

  • information about the reasonable adjustments that may be required to sit the test. This may include information about a student's disability, including a medical or behavioural condition.
  • a copy of court orders if they relate to decisions about your child's education or communication about the child.
  • an explanation of why the child is older or younger than the usual age range (1/1/2013 - 31/7/2014 for entry in 2024) or not in Year 4 when applying.
  • A 'Report of academic merit', required for interstate or overseas students who cannot sit the test in NSW. This report must include a full WISC V report with a reliable full scale IQ score, and standardised reading and mathematics test results.
  • The Unit may need to confirm your child's Aboriginal background if school records do not confirm it. Find information about confirming Aboriginality .

You should not send school reports or certificates or other test results unless asked to do so.

Non-government school applicants

NSW non-government school applicants complete the online application form. By accepting the Privacy Notice, parents indicate their acceptance that the Department may need to contact the non-government school about aspects of their application such as confirming any declared health condition of the student and to assist with reasonable adjustments for students with disability for the test. You are asked to provide the principal’s name and either a contact number or email address for the school.

Parents of students at non-government schools receive the 'Principal's page for provision of information' with the email confirming that the application was submitted.

  • Write your child's name and application number at the top of the form.
  • Give the non-government school principal the 'Principal's page for provision of information'. Ask the principal to complete the form, sign and stamp it and return it to the Selective Education Unit by 2 June 2023.
  • Upload a letter of explanation on your application dashboard if the principal is unwilling to sign the principal's page.
  • If the principal does not wish to send the page to the Unit, the parent must do so, even if it has no signature.

The Unit will advise parents when the principal's page has been processed.

Interstate and overseas applicants

Students temporarily living interstate or overseas and unable to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test may apply for Year 5 placement in a NSW opportunity class as long as they are a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or a citizen of New Zealand. Applications will be considered by the selection committee through the interstate and overseas procedure. Parents must indicate in the application whether the student will be in NSW to sit the test and if so, which suburb is preferred as a test centre location.

Late applications

Closing dates for applications are strictly observed. The only circumstances under which a late application can be considered are:

  1. Where parents are applying for placement of their children in opportunity classes where there may be a shortage of suitable applicants in some rural schools. The choices are locked for those applicants and they cannot be considered for other opportunity classes even if they move their residence.
  2. Where both parents/carers have documentary evidence to support a claim that circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing an application. The application takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is available 24 hours a day on any internet enabled device during the month that applications are open.

IMPORTANT: The majority of late applications are not approved.

Your request for approval to make a late application on the grounds described at point 2 above will be considered only once. Once the late request is not approved, you will not be able to send more information later and request further consideration.

Your application will not be approved unless it contains all of the following:

  • a very detailed request for approval (no request will be approved on the grounds that the parents forgot to apply, or were too busy with work or had problems that are not described.)
  • a description of factors which prevented both parents from applying for the whole time that applications were available (no request will be approved if parents had technical problems on the last few days that applications were available)
  • external supporting documents such as detailed medical reports. If you believe the public school did not advise parents you must approach the school and get a statement from the principal which agrees with you.

The late application portal closes on 26 June 2023. No late applications can be considered after that date, regardless of extenuating circumstances.


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