2021 OC Test Sample Paper Review

Opportunity Classes (OC) are designed to accommodate academically gifted Year 5 and Year 6 students. These classes place academically bright students into an accelerated learning environment. In OC classes students are introduced to specialized teaching methods and educational materials at a higher level. There are 76 OC schools in the NSW including 36 in Sydney. Parents apply for Opportunity Classes when their children are in Year 4. The NSW Department of Education has made significant changes to the Opportunity Class Placement Tests in 2021 for placement in 2022.

At Scholarly, we provide various coaching courses to prepare your child well for examinations such as the Selective Schools, OCs, and top private scholarships. We provide an ideal opportunity for parents and students to gain valuable experience answering real questions and develop familiarity with the style of the actual tests. We pride ourselves in helping these high-achieving students to receive placements in the top ten Opportunity Classes and Private Scholarships. To achieve this, we provide them with the latest practice papers and solutions to ensure they understand the questions tested to get them through this rewarding class. If you are looking for a training Centre that is to the level of the OC exams in 2021, you should reach out to us.

Differences between the old and new OC tests

The government has recently released the sample tests for the new 2021 OC test. Most parents have had difficulties in preparing their kids for the new OC exams after seeing the changes to the test structure of the OC Placement Tests-in particular, the timing and the number of questions for each section of the tests. This is because the new Opportunity Class Placement testing method has changed from the previous years. The previous OC Placement Test measured mathematics (problem-solving), English (Reading comprehension), and general ability (abstract and verbal reasoning). The new test for the 2022 placement consists of thinking skills, mathematical reasoning, and reading comprehension.

The structure of the tests and the questions have been changed, making the exams more rigorous. For instance, reading questions and mathematical reasoning questions have increased. In the sample tests, there were some elements of the new OC exams that were similar in difficulty to the Selective tests. This came as a surprise to many students and parents. The old OC system had a 60minute test which was divided into two parts. Each part had 35 mixed questions from different subjects. The new OC exams are divided into three parts. The subjects are separated. As a result of the new testing format, the new placement test will be scored out of 100 instead of 200 in the previous exams.

Reading test

Before, the old OC exams had 20 reading questions. Now, the new OC exams reading test questions consist of 25 questions. Students are allocated 30 minutes to complete the test. The questions are based on a diverse range of texts and assess a range of reading skills from different genres from non-fiction, fiction, magazine articles, and reports. English Cambridge style questions are divided into four parts: a poem, a cloze passage, matching information, and one fiction/non fiction/report/magazine article.

A lot of these questions are tricky and difficult because they require specific analysis. To understand and answer the questions correctly, the students need to delineate the correct keywords. Recently, most students have performed poorly in the sample tests because they are not used to the testing style in the new Cambridge OC exams. The sample tests are set to the Selective School’s level exams, making them difficult. The vocabulary used in the passages is rich, which might not be known by year 4 level students. Students should therefore practice much more before sitting for the new OC exams by practicing using materials above their grade.

Mathematical Reasoning Test

Before, there were 20 math questions. Now the mathematical reasoning test consists of 35 multiple-choice questions. There are also five choices in the new OC exams instead of four in the old OC exams. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The mathematical reasoning test assesses the student’s ability to apply mathematical understanding and knowledge to problems. Questions are drawing from a range of mathematical content areas. Students are not allowed to use calculators in the mathematical reasoning test. Students should put more effort into the thinking and reading skills section because the math section is easy. However, they should note that the questions are longer, and so they should work on their speed and avoid making silly mistakes.

Thinking skills Test

The new Cambridge OC questions are not similar to the old GA OC questions. The thinking skills test consist of 30 multiple-choice questions. Students have 30 minutes to complete the test. The student’s ability in critical thinking and problem solving is tested from a wide range of questions. Many of the questions in the new OC tests are similar to the Selective Schools test questions. The types of questions range from critical reasoning questions, dialogue questions, cube nets, special reasoning, mathematical reasoning, strength, and arguments, positioning questions, and logical games

OC exam dates information

If you are considering enrolling your child in an OC school, the online application will open on Tuesday 20 April 2020, and close on Friday 7 May 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. However, you can make changes to your application after it has been submitted. You can also update your details and upload documents. You can also send messages directly to the High Performing Students Team and receive messages within your application dashboard. You can also withdraw your application if you no longer want to consider your child. Changes in school choices can be made up to midnight of 6 August 2021 for entry in 2022. These changes cannot be made after the outcome is released. For students to excel in the new OC tests, they must be subjected to a lot of practice to prepare themselves well.
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