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 test will be conducted on Thursday 27 July 2023.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test is paper-based.

The test is held only in NSW and only on the test date each year.

Test authority

An 'Authority to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test' letter will be made available in the application dashboard along with the test centre location and extra information about the test on Thursday 13 July 2023.

The test information consists of:

  • a Test authority letter which must be taken to the allocated test centre on test day
  • Test information for parents and students that explains the test and lists what your child should and should not bring, and
  • information about adjustments to the test for disability, if relevant.

Refer to the list of test centres and/or map of test centres to plan the best way to get to the test centre.

Test information

The Opportunity Class Placement Test (PDF 7623 KB) has been designed to allow students to demonstrate their abilities across a range of areas, including reading, mathematical reasoning and thinking skills. The tests are designed to measure ability rather than academic performance.

Test information booklet

Test structure

The test for 2023 is paper-based. The test consists of 3 test components: Reading, Mathematical Reasoning, and Thinking Skills, in that order.

  • Reading - 25 items - 30 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning - 35 items - 40 minutes
  • Thinking Skills - 30 items - 30 minutes

All questions are multiple-choice.

Preparing for the test

Students will be more comfortable with the test process if they are familiar with the types of questions they may be asked. Samples of paper-based test questions are provided below to help students become familiar with the types of questions. However, the Department of Education does not recommend any specific coaching for the test.

Results of sample tests do not show how a student will perform in their Opportunity Class Placement Test. The selection committee will not consider performance on sample tests or any other practice tests.

VIDEO: Opportunity Class Placement Test: A guide for students
VIDEO: What to expect on test day

Sample tests

Below are paper-based sample tests which indicate the types of questions to expect in the Opportunity Class Placement Test but are not the questions that will be asked on test day. You can view the questions to help understand the types of questions that may be asked in the test.

(The sample test papers are intended for printing and do not meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements. Students are provided with modified test materials as reasonable adjustments for disability if required.)

Section Links to samples

Reading

Reading sample questions (PDF 717 KB)

Reading sample answer sheet (PDF 591 KB)

Reading sample answers (PDF 8.41 KB)

Explanation of answers - Reading (PDF 387 KB)


Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical reasoning sample questions (PDF 280 KB)

Mathematical reasoning sample answer sheet (PDF 591 KB)

Mathematical reasoning sample answers (PDF 35.6 KB)

Explanation of answers - Mathematical reasoning (PDF 857 KB)


Thinking Skills

Thinking skills sample questions (PDF 604 KB)

Thinking skills sample answer sheet (PDF 590 KB)

Thinking skills sample answers (PDF 46.4 KB)

Explanation of answers - Thinking skills (PDF 411 KB)


Practice tests from the 2022 Opportunity Class Placement Test

Section Links to samples

Reading

Reading practice test questions (PDF 552.8 KB)

Reading practice test answer sheet (PDF 115.3 KB)

Reading practice test answers (PDF 122.5 KB)


Mathematical Reasoning


Mathematical Reasoning practice test questions (PDF 1.2 MB)

Mathematical Reasoning practice test answer sheet (PDF 122.8 KB)

Mathematical Reasoning practice test answers (PDF 88.9 KB


Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills practice questions (PDF 1.5 MB)

Thinking Skills practice test answer sheet (PDF 122.4 KB)

Thinking Skills practice test answers (PDF 72.5 KB)

Practice tests from the 2021 Opportunity Class Placement Test

Section Links to samples

Reading

Reading practice test questions (PDF 321 KB)

Reading practice test answer sheet (PDF 66.6 KB)

Reading practice test answers (PDF 90.2 KB)


Mathematical Reasoning


Mathematical Reasoning practice test questions (PDF 551 KB)

Mathematical Reasoning practice test answer sheet (PDF 66.6 KB)

Mathematical Reasoning practice test answers (PDF 70.0 KB)


Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills practice questions (PDF 2.18 MB)

Thinking Skills practice test answer sheet (PDF 65.8 KB)

Thinking Skills practice test answers (PDF 89.8 KB)

The Opportunity Class Placement Test — what to expect before, during and after

Transcript of video: ‘The Opportunity Class Placement Test – what to expect before, during and after’ (3 minutes 50 seconds)

[Student]

You may be wondering what happens on the day of the test.

I've done the test before and I’m here to help you learn what to expect on test day.

It's a good idea to get a good night's sleep before the test and have a filling breakfast on the morning of the test so you can be at your best.

The most important thing to do is to check your test authority letter. Your parents or carers will get this about two weeks before the test. It will tell you where your test will be and what time you need to arrive. Print this out and bring it with you to the test.

You'll also need to bring your 2B pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, and clear water bottle.

Wear your school uniform to the test, and don't forget to bring your hat to wear and a jumper if it's cold.

Follow the signs to the test entrance where one of the invigilators (the adults supervising test) will meet you and take you to the test centre.

There'll be lots of other kids doing the test at the same place and time as you. Some might be from your school and others might be from different schools, so you might not know everyone there.

It's a good idea to go to the toilet before the test starts.

You'll be there from 9 a.m.

You'll have to do tests, one after the other. Reading, Mathematical Reasoning, Thinking Skills and there'll be a short break between the tests.

You don't need to study anything specific for the tests. You just need to use your thinking skills and problem solving skills to find the best answer to each question.

The test room might look something like this and is a quiet space so you can't talk to any other kids once you're inside. Shhhh.

When you sit down, there'll be a sheet with your name and other details on your table so check that everything is correct and sign your name.

Don't open the question paper until the invigilator tells you to. Keep your eyes on your own work.

You need to work at a steady pace because there'll be lots of questions to do. There'll be a clock at the front of the room so you can keep track of time.

You might find the tests tricky. That's okay, they’re supposed to be. Just try your best and take deep breaths to stay calm whenever you need to. You can write down any working out on your question paper or on the back of your personal identification details sheet. Don't worry, this won’t be marked, so you can scribble as much as you need.

Complete every question, even if you're not sure of the answer. You don't lose marks for wrong answers or guesses. So if you're struggling with a question, answer with your best guess and come back to it later if you have time.

Oh, and keep checking that the number of the question on the test paper you're working on matches the question number on the answer sheet where you're shading in the circles. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, just erase your answer completely and shade your new answer in.

If you have any questions, put your hand up and wait for the invigilator to help you.

If something goes wrong during the test, tell the invigilator, and tell your parents or carers after the test.

Stop working as soon as the invigilator tells you to.

Once the test is over, give yourself a pat on the back and move on. You can't change any answers now, so it's not helpful to compare your answers to other kids.

So now you know what to expect on the day of the test.

There's nothing to worry about.

Visit the awesome Student Resource Hub for other resources to help you prepare for the test.

[End of transcript]

Test day

Students should wear school uniform, including a jumper if it is a cool day and a hat.

Students should arrive at the test centre no later than 9.00 am. Students will be directed to the test room.

Students who arrive late may be allowed to sit the test but will be required to finish at the same time as other students.

Students found to be cheating risk disqualification from the test.

Placement outcome information

It is expected that parents will be notified of the placement outcome on 20 October 2023.

Information for applicants booklet

Computer-based testing from 2025

From 2025, the Opportunity Class Placement Test will move from a single version paper-based test to a computer-based test. Computer-based tests will mostly be held in external test centres.

The department will provide more information throughout 2024 about the change to computer-based tests in 2025.

It’s important to note that students sitting the Opportunity Class Placement Test in 2024 will still sit a paper-based test.

Category:

  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Teaching, Learning and Student Wellbeing
Return to top of page Back to top