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A Selective High School is a Public School focused on the academic success of students. These are different from a comprehensive school, which accepts all students, regardless of aptitude.
The High Performing Students Unit of NSW Department of Education conducts an entrance test for year 6 students seeking a place in selective high school. The Selective High School Placement Test is designed to measure ability through tests in reading, mathematics, general ability and writing. The test is held only in NSW and only on the test date each year.
The Selective High School Placement Test consists of a 20-minute writing test and three multiple-choice tests in:
Reading (45 questions)
Mathematics (40 questions)
General Ability (60 questions)
There are 17 fully selective high schools, 26 high schools with selective classes (partially selective), 4 agricultural high schools 2 and a virtual selective class provision offering selective placement in Year 7 for entry in NSW.
Opportunity class is an optional two-year full time placement program for Year 5 and Year 6. There is no provision to apply for Year 6 placement only. Interested Year 4 students are required to go through selection process by sitting in a placement test to secure a place in these classes.
76 primary schools in NSW have opportunity classes program. In most cases students who accept a place in an opportunity class will leave their current school to attend the school with an opportunity class.
The Opportunity Class Placement test is made up of two parts (papers). Each part has 35 multiple-choice for which students have 30 minutes to complete each test paper. Both parts have mixture of questions from English, Mathematics and General Ability (logical thinking skills).
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Online mock or practice tests are carefully designed to closely match the actual test environment though these tests do not contain real test questions. Each test has the same number of questions with the time limit as the actual test. The question distribution is close to the actual exam, based on past papers available on DoE website.
Students can skip the questions, re-visit previously attempted questions and can change the answer in mock tests as long they still have time to complete the test.
The test result displays category-wise report along with test score and student's position for the test. Students also receive the summary of the test report in the registered e-mail as soon as they complete the test.
Students can instantly review all questions after completing the test. The test review provides the correct answers along with the step-by-step solution of each question.
Students can also review all previously completed tests from the student dashboard and then reattempt the test.
Simulated Practice Exam mode
Students, preparing for selective high schools, can take a reading, mathematics and general ability test in one sitting with 10 min gap between tests. This is how they do in the actual test.
60 OC Mock Tests are arranged in 30 Simulated Practice Exams, each having two parts like actual OC Placement exam. Each of these tests can be taken separately or as an exam by attempting part-1, take 10 min break and then attempt part-2.
We strongly recommend students to attempt a few exams before sitting in the actual exam. This will help them in managing time and also, will develop the habit of taking back-to-back tests.
Students are tested for their quick thinking and correctness in Opportunity Classes and Selective Entrance Tests. We created RapidFire to help students in improving time to answer the questions. In gaming like experience, students are challenged to answer as many as questions they can in five minutes. Questions are selected randomly from our question banks and are similar to actual tests. Students are rewarded one point for each correct answer; there is no penalty for an incorrect answer. Students can play RapidFire until they run out-of-time. Like any game, students get a test score and ranked against other students.
All OzTests, except Selective High Reading Comprehensions only pack, have RapidFire included. Each RapidFire has two levels, Level 2 questions are a bit harder than Level 1 and hence more challenging. There is no limit on attempting RapidFire; students are encouraged to try it multiple times as question set is different every time a RapidFire session is started.
We encourage structured learning and hence created resources accordingly. Here are four main steps to achieve the goal:
LEARN: Our Tips and Hints section provides quick revision notes with examples on a wide range of categories of questions, e.g. Numerical Reasoning, Measurements, Verbal Reasoning etc. Each category has tips on solving problems and examples of different kind of questions being asked usually. Step-wise solution explained for each example questions. An alternate approach to solve the question is shown for some questions. This helps students with quick revision and also, correcting common mistakes they make during practice test.
PRACTICE: Next step is to check your knowledge by attempting online practice tests. We recommend going through Review Mode Tests before taking a full-length test. Review Mode Tests do not have a time limit which allows students to think thoroughly before answering rather than rushing due to time limit. Students get the solution to the question and tips to solve similar problems after submitting their response.
EXECL: This is the most critical step in maximising student's chances in succeeding. We allow students to attempt our practice tests an unlimited number of times; this enables them to review the topics needing attention and then re-attempting the test to re-check their knowledge.
See the next section for more details on this step.
ACHIEVE: Everyone wants to reach their goa. A student has higher chances of success if a student performs well in previous steps and consistently achieves high score (>90%).
The Excel Mantra...
Continuous improvement is the most critical step in achieving any goal and examinations are not exceptions to it.
We strongly recommend students to keep taking tests until they have their concepts clear and ready for the actual test. We do not impose any restriction on the number of times a test can be taken.
Our recommended approach is to review a completed test and go through the topics needing attention. Explanation of answers contains a link to the relevant Tips and Hints section for a quick review.
It is better to re-attempt a test at least two days after the current attempt to ensure the student does not cram the answer and take the test without applying much thought to it.
All of our test packs have a large number of practice tests to take between two attempts of a test.