OC and Selective tuition

OC TUTORING (Year 3 to Year 4)

Cabramatta Pre-Uni begins OC tutoring in Term 4 of Year 3.

Opportunity Classes (OC) are not in every public school, but are established in one school in each area. Please refer to this link for a listing of Schools with Year 5 Opportunity Classes - ​http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/k-6assessments/oc_schools.php

Children gain opportunity class placement on the basis of academic merit. The main criteria for determining academic merit are Opportunity Class Placement Test results combined with school assessments. Comments made by parents and principals may be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.

Some general characteristics of gifted and talented children are listed below. It is important to note that academically gifted and talented children will not necessarily demonstrate all of these characteristics.

A gifted student:

  • learns rapidly and quickly grasps new concepts

  • has an excellent memory

  • is creative or imaginative, e.g. produces many ideas or is highly original

  • is independent - may prefer to work alone

  • has a keen sense of humour

  • may be highly motivated, particularly in self-selected tasks

  • has unusual or advanced interests

  • demonstrates exceptional critical thinking skills or problem-solving ability

  • may have superior leadership and interpersonal skills

  • frequently asks in-depth, probing questions

  • may demonstrate a high degree of social responsibility or moral reasoning

  • possesses a large, advanced vocabulary

  • has superior insight and the ability to draw inferences or is intuitive

  • is an advanced reader either in English or in the home language.

OC Placement Test - Past Papers

In the actual Opportunity Class Placement Test there are 20 questions in reading, 20 in mathematics and, until 2005, 20 in general ability. From 2006 there are 30 general ability questions.

The Opportunity Class Placement Test measures ability and is set to discriminate at a very high level. Students who are accustomed to answering most questions in tests correctly should not be discouraged if they get a number of questions wrong. It is very rare for even the highest scoring candidates to score full marks on all components of the Opportunity Class Placement Test.

Opportunity class entry does not depend entirely on a student's performance in the Opportunity Class Placement Test as school assessment scores in English and mathematics are provided by the primary schools.

OC course timeline

OC Foundation Course

Year 3

Term 4

Commencing in Term 4 of Year 3, the OC Foundation Course gives students a clear understanding of different question types and provides them with specific tools to enhance success in the OC trial tests during Terms 1 and 2, then ultimately the OC Placement Test itself.


The OCFC consists of ten (10) sessions – nine (9) carefully chosen topic-based lessons, followed by the revision test. Please refer to the OCFC weekly lesson plan below.

Week 1 - Sentence structure, code, arithmetic computation

Week 2 - Word classification, geometric computation

Week 3 - Anagrams, figure relationships, data interpretation,

Week 4 - Vocabulary, algebraic operations

Week 5 - Homonyms, space, spatial awareness

Week 6 - Analogies (word and symbols), measurement

Week 7 - Synonyms, matrices, number patterns

Week 8 - Antonyms, series, place value

Week 9 - Logic, language, reading comprehension

Week 10 - Revision test for all areas

OC Trial Test Course

Year 4

Term 1

Term 2

Winter Holidays

Term 3

The OC trial tests consist of a mixture of questions types learnt in the OC Foundation Course. There is a strong focus on the format, timing and conditions of the actual exam. Each week, students attempt a trial test of the week Teachers explain any complex questions so that students maintain a thorough understanding of all question types.

Term 1 - 11 weekly tests

Term 2 - 11 weekly tests

School holidays in Winter - 10 daily tests (over 5 days)

Term 3 - 2 week tests