NSW Selecive HS and OC Placement Scores


Changes to the tests and placement scores

Selective high school and Opportunity Class placement tests are transitioning to new test frameworks and computer-based formats through a partnership with Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group by 2022. In 2021 the placement tests will remain in paper-based formats. Please continue to monitor this site for the latest updates.

The test components and maximum marks for the Selective High School Placement Scores

There will be changes to the scoring for the new test for placement in 2022. The new scoring details will be updated when they are confirmed.

The Selective High School Placement Score or (Placement Profile Score called in the past) is a mark out of 300. This mark is used to rank candidates applying for selective high school placement. The mark is calculated based on school assessment scores and Selective High School Placement test scores.

Schools provide school assessment scores of English and Mathematics (out of 100) based generally on the student's performance on the school's curriculum in Year 4 and up to the end of Year 5.

Reading

out of 45

Writing

out of 20

Mathematics

out of 40

General ability

out of 60

The calculated Selective High School placement score is a mark out of 300. It is made up of:

  • moderated school assessment scores for English and mathematics
  • scaled test marks for English = 2/3 of the scaled reading test marks + 1/3 of the scaled writing test marks
  • scaled test marks for mathematics
  • scaled test marks for general ability.
Test component Scaled school assessment score Scaled test mark Total
English (2/3 reading and 1/3 writing) 50 50 100
Mathematics 50 50 100
General ability No school score 100 100
Total 100 200 300
  • The minimum entry score for a selective high school is the test score of the lowest scoring student to accept a place there.
  • Please note that the geographical location of the schools can affect the minimum entry score too.
  • Parents should not use minimum entry scores as the only criterion to choose selective high schools. They should also consider the curriculum offered of each school and transport.
  • See more information on how the profile score is calculated here.

The test components and maximum marks for the Opportunity Class Placement Scores

There will be changes to the scoring for the new test for placement in 2022. The new scoring details will be updated when they are confirmed.

English

out of 20

Mathematics

out of 20

General ability

out of 30

The calculated OC placement score is a mark out of 300. It is made up of:

  • scaled test marks for English: 100
  • scaled test marks for mathematics: 100
  • scaled test marks for general ability: 100
Test component Scaled test mark
English 100
Mathematics 100
General ability 100
Total 300

  • The minimum entry score for an opportunity class is the score of the lowest scoring student to accept a place there. Minimum entry scores vary from school to school and from year to year. You cannot compare scores from one year to another.
  • Although the minimum entry scores are expressed as whole numbers, the exact entry score of the last person placed at each school is normally calculated to a number of decimal places. For example, if the minimum entry score is 235.46 there will be students below 235.46 who will be unsuccessful.
  • It is unlikely a student will achieve a calculated placement score of 300 as the test is very challenging.
  • Please note that the geographical location of the schools can affect the minimum entry score too.
  • Parents should not use minimum entry scores as the only criterion to choose Opportunity Classes. They should also consider the curriculum offered of each school and transport.
  • See more information on how the profile score is calculated here.

Notes:
  1. The Minimum Scores for entry to selective high schools in NSW
  2. Opportunity Class Placement Scores are calculated based on the same model. The Minimum Scores for entry to Opportunity Classes in NSW
  3. Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy selective school entry test books for practice. The practice questions provide an ideal opportunity for students and parents to develop familiarity with the style of the papers and gain valuable experience answering real questions. We recommend that students practise practice papers 'under exam conditions' (e.g. timing).
  4. Aim for top results? Find a tutor, a music teacher or a  coaching school.
  5. FAQ - NSW selective high school placement test and selection process