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A student studying for the OC Test

If your child is academically gifted and currently in Year 4, consider enrolling them in our Opportunity Class (OC) program. OC is exclusively designed for high achieving students providing them with a more challenging learning environment that they need:

  • To excel and realise their full potential
  • Tackle advanced materials
  • To get the advantage in future studies

The OC test is divided into three parts. It is a multiple-choice paper-based examination:

  • Reading – 25 questions (30 minutes)
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 35 questions (40 minutes)
  • Thinking Skills – 30 questions (30 minutes)
Weightage of Each Section – The OC Test Marking and How it Has Changed?

The OC entry score is an aggregate of:

  • Moderated school mark
  • Scaled test mark

Previously 300, the calculated placement score will now be a total of 120 marks. Here is the breakdown of the weightage of each section in the OC test:

Section
Marks
Reading
33.3
Math
33.3
Thinking Skills
33.3
Total Test Marks
100

 

 

School English Assessment
10
School Mathematics Assessment
10
Total School Assessment Marks
20

 

Total Test Marks
100
Total School Assessment Marks
20
Calculated Placement Score
120

 

The new test format of the OC test will be marked differently than the previous years. This year, the test total test marks are out of 100, which was 200 previously. Moreover, the raw test scores will be further scaled. This will be done to lower the variability in the difficulty of the test questions. The scaled score will then be added to the moderated school assessment score determining the total entry/ placement score.

Here’s a quick overview of the OC school test marking done previously:

Test component

Scaled school assessment score

Scaled test mark

Total

English (2/3 reading and 1/3 writing)

50

50

100

Mathematics

50

50

100

General ability

No school score

100

100

Calculated Placement Score

100

200

300

The calculated placement score determines the offers of placement for most students. This comes into play once the child clears the OC test. You can select two schools in order of preference, and if your child manages to get high marks in the test, they will receive an offer to join any of the two schools.

On the other hand, if your child achieves a high enough score to enter any of the schools in your preference list, they will enrol in the school listed as a higher preference.

How to prepare for OC Test?

The OC test, which was to be held on 21st July 2021, has been closed indefinitely due to rising cases of Corona Virus in Australia. There is no specific official communication regarding when the test will resume. However, it is speculated that the test will be back in November, depending on how the Covid19 situation unfolds.

This means that students now have more time to prepare for the test. It is advisable to:

  • Practice more
  • Focus on building your vocabulary
  • Take trial tests to identify weaknesses and strengths and work on them accordingly

Enrol with us for OC test preparation. At Pre Uni Pennant Hills, we have a team of experienced and professional teachers to help students prepare for the OC test. From expert advice, guidance to tools, techniques and materials, we can significantly increase the chances of your child passing the test with a high score. For more information, contact us at Pre Uni Pennant Hills today.