Students put knowledge to core skills test
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE pressure will be on for hundreds of Gladstone's year 12 students today, as they sit the two day Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS).
Gladstone State High School year 12 student Andrew Knuckey was one of a very small number of students who was feeling calm and collected about the test.
Andrew said he wasn't going to stress about it ? he believed the school had prepared him well, and all he could do was his best.
He said the school's preparation for the test was fantastic.
'They allow you to do a number of practice tests, and stress and time management training to prepare us for the test,' Andrew said.
'Although it is a very important test, there is no point fussing over it.'
He said the school provided them with two practice days ? one in term one and one at the beginning of this term ? and the school rated very highly in the results for the practice test.
'I did quite well on them, and they weren't all that hard,' Andrew said.
'I am confident, and ready to get into it.'
Andrew said the teachers recommended they had a good night sleep before hand, did not to spend too much time on questions they were unsure of, and did not stress.
'The test is quite important for our overall position (OP), however the teachers have said if we do stuff it up there are other options,' Andrew said.
Student Tegan Wotton agreed the test was a big deal, but said there was not point fretting about it.
She said she was slightly stressed, but not as much as some of the others.
'Everyone knows what to expect so it's not a big issue,' she said.
'As Andrew said, all you can do is your best. No one can ask much more than that.'
Education Minister Rod Welford said the test consisted of a short response paper, an extended writing task and two multiple choice papers.
'The QCS test 49 elements common to the Queensland senior curriculum including spelling, punctuation, calculating, analysing and hypothesising,' he said.
He said it was an opportunity for all year 12 students to demonstrate their broad knowledge from their senior schooling.
'I know it can be a stressful time for many students and I want to extend my support and wish everyone good luck,' Mr Welford said.
He said The QCS results provided information used to compile OPs and field positions.
Mr Welford said good preparation was the key to success.