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Years 3 and 4

For Year 3 and 4, SWAT will follow the new format (as announced by the Department of Education on 25 March 2021), of the Opportunity Class (OC) Placement Test, testing in Reading, Mathematical Reasoning and Thinking Skills. The OC Test is a multiple-choice test and for the SWAT exam, students will complete three full-length OC test papers. The test will consist of 3 sections:

  • Reading (30 minutes; 25 questions)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (40 minutes; 35 questions)
  • Thinking Skills (30 minutes; 30 questions)

No marks are taken off for incorrect answers in the multiple-choice tests.


Year 5

For Year 5, SWAT 2021 will follow the current format of the Selective High School Placement Test, which consists of a 30-minute writing test and three 40-minute multiple-choice tests in:

  • Reading (30 questions)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (35 questions)
  • Thinking Skills (40 questions)

Please be reminded that Year 5 students will need to bring their own compatible device to sit the Year 5 SWAT exam. If a compatible device is not present on the day of the SWAT exam the Year 5 student will not be able to sit the Year 5 SWAT exam and we will be unable to refund the registration.

No marks are taken off for incorrect answers in the multiple-choice tests.

Students are given a stimulus for the writing test. Assessment for the writing test is based on:

  • Appropriateness to the stimulus topic. No marks will be awarded if the writing is not based on the topic
  • Quality of thinking about a topic
  • Clear organisation of ideas
  • Interesting and imaginative ideas
  • Use of language
  • Correct use of punctuation, grammar and spelling

Note: No marks will be awarded if the writing shares major similarities with other published works.


Schedule for Saturday 3 July 2021

 TimeSchedule (Students)
9:30amYear 3 & Year 4 students arrive at exam venue for a 9:45am start
9:45amSWAT exam commences for Year 3 & Year 4 students
12pmYear 3 & Year 4 SWAT exam finishes, students are dismissed
12:45pmYear 5 students arrive at exam venue for a 1pm start
1pmSWAT exam commences for Year 5 students
4:30pmYear 5 SWAT exam finishes, students are dismissed
Note:At no time will parents be permitted to enter the exam rooms.

SWAT 2020 was a great success! For parents with children in Years 3, 4 and 5 in 2021, purchase your ticket for SWAT 2021 today.

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