NSW Selecive HS and OC Placement Scores


Changes to the tests and placement scores

Selective high school and Opportunity Class placement tests are transitioning to new test frameworks and computer-based formats through a partnership with Cambridge Assessment and Janison Education Group by 2022. In 2021 the placement tests will remain in paper-based formats. Please continue to monitor this site for the latest updates.

The test components and maximum marks for the Selective High School Placement Scores

New changes to the scoring for the new test for placement from 2022

The Selective High School Placement Score or (Placement Profile Score called in the past) is a mark out of 120 (previously 300). This mark is used to rank candidates applying for selective high school placement. The mark is calculated based on weighted scaled test score out of 100 (previously 200) and moderated school assessment score out of 20 (previously 100). Students who do not have school assessment scores are considered on the basis of their test scores alone. Where students have a test score and have no school assessment scores, their score out of 100 is recalculated to be a score out of 120. This has the effect of assuming that the student’s school assessment score, had it been provided, would have shown the student to be performing at school as they did in the test. The relative weighting of the school assessment scores has changed. In previous years the school assessment scores had a higher weighting so the effect of not having school assessment scores on the calculated placement score has lessened. Raw tests scores will be scaled to reduce the variability in test question difficulty.

Reading

25

Mathematical reasoning

25

Thinking skills

35

Writing

15

Moderated school assessment score

20

Total calculated placement score

120

  • The minimum entry score for a selective high school is the test score of the lowest scoring student to accept a place there.
  • Please note that the geographical location of the schools can affect the minimum entry score too.
  • Parents should not use minimum entry scores as the only criterion to choose selective high schools. They should also consider the curriculum offered of each school and transport.
  • See more information on how the profile score is calculated here.

The test components and maximum marks for the Opportunity Class Placement Scores

Changes to the scoring for the new test for placement from 2022

The Opportunity Class Placement Score or (Placement Profile Score called in the past) is a mark out of 120 (previously 300). This mark is used to rank candidates applying for Opportunity Class placement. The mark is calculated based on weighted scaled test score out of 100 (previously 200) and moderated school assessment score out of 20 (previously 100). Raw tests scores will be scaled to reduce the variability in test question difficulty. The scaling of the test marks is done on a state-wide basis regardless of the schools attended by the students. Each scaled test component is adjusted so they are weighted equally. The relative weighting of the school assessment scores has changed. In previous years the school assessment scores had a higher weighting so the effect of not having school assessment scores on the calculated placement score has lessened.

Schools provide school assessment scores of English and Mathematics based generally on the student's performance on the school's curriculum in Year 4 and up to the end of Year 5.

Reading

33.3

Math reasoning

33.3

Thinking skills

33.3

Moderated school assessment score

20 (English: 10, Maths: 10)

Total calculated placement score

120


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is unlikely a student will achieve a calculated placement score of 120 as the test is very challenging.
  • Please note that the geographical location of the schools can affect the minimum entry score too.
  • Parents should not use minimum entry scores as the only criterion to choose Opportunity Classes. They should also consider the curriculum offered of each school and transport.
  • See more information on how the profile score is calculated here.

Notes:
  1. The Minimum Scores for entry to selective high schools in NSW
  2. Opportunity Class Placement Scores are calculated based on the same model. The Minimum Scores for entry to Opportunity Classes in NSW
  3. Practice is the key to excel in the tests. You may need to buy selective school entry test 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).
  4. Aim for top results? Find a tutor, a music teacher or a  coaching school.
  5. FAQ - NSW selective high school placement test and selection process