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
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
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