Minimum Entry Scores for NSW Opportunity Classes - 2020

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The minimum scores for 2020 entry to NSW Opportunity Classes

This is the list of primary schools with Opportunity Classes sorted by minimum entry score. You may also be interested in minimum entry scores for NSW selective high schools.

The score or the sorting is not a ranking of the primary schools with opportunity classes. It is determined by the geographical location of the schools and the academic merit of the students applying for entry. It should not be used as the only criterion for choosing Opportunity Classes. Parents should also consider factors such as the curriculum offered at each school, travelling time and transport.

SchoolMinimum Entry Score
Beecroft Public School 251
North Rocks Public School 243
Ermington Public School 239
Matthew Pearce Public School 239
Summer Hill Public School 238
Waitara Public School 237
Chatswood Public School 233
Artarmon Public School 232
Dural Public School 232
Ryde Public School 230
Ironbark Ridge Public School 229
Ashfield Public School 226
Greystanes Public School 226
Quakers Hill Public School 224
Georges Hall Public School 222
Neutral Bay Public School 222
Hurstville Public School 221
Holsworthy Public School 220
Woollahra Public School 219
Blacktown South Public School 218
Picnic Point Public School 217
Balmain Public School 214
Newbridge Heights Public School 213
Earlwood Public School 212
Balgowlah Heights Public School 211
Leumeah Public School 211
Sutherland Public School 211
Wilkins Public School 211
Caringbah North Public School 208
Wollongong Public School 208
Mona Vale Public School 207
Blaxcell Street Public School 205
Casula Public School 205
Harrington Street Public School 204
Smithfield Public School 204
New Lambton South Public School 203
Alexandria Park Community School 202
St Johns Park Public School 201
Greenacre Public School 200
Gosford Public School 197
St Andrews Public School 194
Kingswood Public School 190
Bradbury Public School 187
Camden South Public School 186
Colyton Public School 185
Tighes Hill Public School 185
Glenbrook Public School 184
Rutherford Public School 177
Soldiers Point Public School 176
Tamworth Public School 176
Jewells Primary School 172
Armidale City Public School 171
Maryland Public School 170
Richmond Public School 170
Queanbeyan South Public School 168
Wyong Public School 166
Wentworth Falls Public School 165
Cessnock West Public School 164
Sturt Public School 164
Coonabarabran Public School 163
Cudgegong Valley Public School 163
Biraban Public School 162
Goulburn West Public School 162
Moree Public School 162
Toormina Public School 162
Alstonville Public School 161
Dubbo West Public School 161
Illaroo Road Public School 161
Lithgow Public School 161
South Grafton Public School 161
Tahmoor Public School 161
Tamworth South Public School 161
Bathurst West Public School 160
Goonellabah Public School 160
Port Macquarie Public School 160
Source: DoE NAPLAN & Selective School Practice Tests

NSW Opportunity classes in primary schools are provided to high achieving, academically gifted students with an educationally enriched environment. Opportunity Class Placement are for Year 4 students seeking entry to Year 5 the following year.

The selection criteria: Opportunity Class Placement Score based on the placement test results in English, mathematics and general ability. Other evidence of academic merit may also be considered. However their primary school's assessment of their performance in English and mathematics is no longer required.

Year 5 entry to an opportunity class is managed centrally by the department's Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Unit. Application for Year 5 placement in an opportunity class: typically in April - May in Year 4. Prospective students sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test (typically in July in Year 4) and are allocated places at schools according to their placement score, a calculated score out of 300 which is made up of scaled test marks: 100 for English, 100 for mathematics and 100 for general ability. The score used to comprise both exam and school marks. The school no longer affects the placement score, only the scaled test marks count.

Find more information about Opportunity Class Placement including test format / date / test, application / date, selectionn process and more here under New South Wales or linked official pages.

  1. Find out how the minimum entry score or Placement Score (or Placement Profile Score called in the past) is set or calculated.
  2. On a statewide basis only one in 200 or .5% of students would generally be capable of acceleration in all subjects to be successful in an opportunity class.
  3. There are 75 opportunity classes offering placement in Year 5. The number of vacancies was over 1700 and the number of applicants was over 11, 000. The success rate is about 15%, double competitive as the selective school placement success rate 30%. See OC test success rates and stats by year.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It is unlikely a student will achieve a calculated placement score of 300 as the test is very challenging.
  7. Please note that the geographical location of the schools can affect the minimum entry score too.
  8. The reserve lists for all opportunity classes remain active for the whole of Year 5 and at least the end of Term 1 in Year 6. Should vacancies arise after all vacancies have been filled offers continue to be made in the strict order of the reserve list.
  9. Opportunity Class placement test is transitioning to a new test framework and computer-based format through a partnership with Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group by 2022. In 2021 the placement test will remain in paper-based format. Please continue to monitor this site for the latest updates.
  10. Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy Opportunity Class 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).
  11. Opportunity Class placement past test papers.
    With a subscription (recurring or one-month one off), you can request 3 or more past papers or practice questions for individual use only, depending on your subscription.
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