NSW OC Minimum Entry Scores and Places - 2018and Places for 2023

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The minimum scores for 2018 entry to NSW Opportunity Classes and Number of Year 5 places in 2023

This is the list of NSW primary schools with Opportunity Classes sorted by minimum entry score. Note that you can also sort by school name or Year 5 places. There are 1840 places available in Year 5 opportunity classes across NSW in 2023. Find Opportunity Classes and Year 5 places available in NSW together with the cut-off entry scores here. 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 ScoreYr 5 Places
Beecroft Public School 245 
North Rocks Public School 241 
Ermington Public School 239 
Summer Hill Public School 238 
Matthew Pearce Public School 236 
Artarmon Public School 230 
Dural Public School 227 
Waitara Public School 227 
Greystanes Public School 226 
Ironbark Ridge Public School 226 
St Johns Park Public School 225 
Ashfield Public School 224 
Chatswood Public School 224 
Hurstville Public School 224 
Ryde Public School 224 
Neutral Bay Public School 223 
Quakers Hill Public School 222 
Woollahra Public School 221 
Georges Hall Public School 220 
Picnic Point Public School 219 
Sutherland Public School 219 
Caringbah North Public School 216 
Balmain Public School 215 
Leumeah Public School 215 
Wilkins Public School 215 
Balgowlah Heights Public School 212 
Earlwood Public School 212 
Harrington Street Public School 212 
Holsworthy Public School 212 
Mona Vale Public School 211 
Blacktown South Public School 210 
Casula Public School 208 
Alexandria Park Community School 206 
Newbridge Heights Public School 205 
Wollongong Public School 205 
Blaxcell Street Public School 204 
Greenacre Public School 203 
Smithfield Public School 200 
Gosford Public School 199 
Wentworth Falls Public School 193 
St Andrews Public School 191 
Colyton Public School 189 
New Lambton South Public School 188 
Camden South Public School 187 
Glenbrook Public School 187 
Kingswood Public School 187 
Bradbury Public School 186 
Jewells Primary School 183 
Tamworth Public School 181 
Tighes Hill Public School 181 
Sturt Public School 177 
Wyong Public School 177 
Rutherford Public School 176 
Maryland Public School 174 
Bathurst West Public School 169 
Illaroo Road Public School 169 
Soldiers Point Public School 167 
Goulburn West Public School 166 
Tahmoor Public School 166 
Richmond Public School 165 
Armidale City Public School 164 
Moree Public School 164 
Queanbeyan South Public School 164 
Alstonville Public School 163 
Cessnock West Public School 163 
Biraban Public School 162 
Tamworth South Public School 162 
Dubbo West Public School 161 
Goonellabah Public School 161 
South Grafton Public School 161 
Toormina Public School 161 
Coonabarabran Public School 160 
Cudgegong Valley Public School 160 
Lithgow Public School 160 
Port Macquarie Public School 160 

Source: NSW Department of Education website

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.

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 1,800 and the number of applicants was over 14,000. 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 x there will be students below x who will be unsuccessful.
  6. It is unlikely a student will achieve a calculated placement score of 120 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. Find OC PastPapers and sample tests and the test format.
  10. Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy Opportunity Class test books from Better Education Books | BE 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.
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