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Qld Year 12s Encouraged to Face Annual QCS Test with Confidence

29 August 2017

About 30,000 Queensland Year 12s will sit the annual Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test over two days starting from today (Tuesday 29 August).

Among them will be about 8,000 students from independent schools. Students will complete four tests today and tomorrow, including a writing task, a short response paper and two multiple choice exams.

According to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), which develops and oversees the QCS Test, the test contributes scaling data for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs), which are used to rank eligible students for tertiary entrance.

The test assesses common generic skills students have developed while studying the senior curriculum.

Independent Schools Queensland Acting Executive Director Helen Coyer wished the Year 12 students well and encouraged them to shake off any nerves and approach the test with confidence.

“This can be an anxious time for students and their families. Year 12s have worked hard to get to this point so it’s important that students draw on the skills they’ve developed and confidently apply them to the test,” Ms Coyer said.

“Queensland independent schools provide a range of academic and pastoral support to senior students to help them manage their schedules, subject workloads, exams and assignments.”

Ms Coyer said Queensland’s senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems were undergoing significant reforms.

“The changes include replacing the OP with the nationally recognised Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) from 2020,” she said.

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden said it was normal for students to feel exam jitters.

“Parents can help ease this anxiety by ensuring their children are well rested, drink plenty of water, have a good breakfast and take wholesome food to school to keep them nourished and alert over the exam period,” Ms Kloeden said.

“The tests are conducted over two days with students undertaking 3.5 hours of testing each day over two sessions. That’s 7 hours of intense concentration which can be tiring.”

Ms Kloeden encouraged parents to remind their children to keep the tests in perspective, remain calm and do their best.

“With only 12 weeks until the final day of Year 12, students are not only managing exams and assessment, but also big decisions about their future, so there’s a lot going on in their lives. The best thing parents can do is be a supportive, calming and comforting presence during this period.”

According to the QCAA, students who have studied for and want to receive an OP must sit the QCS Test. However, the test is open to all Year 12 students.

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E:

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