Students leaving the Boyne Island Community Centre after their QCS Test.
Students leaving the Boyne Island Community Centre after their QCS Test. Brenda Strong

Year 12s delighted to finish QCS

YOU would not have been able to wipe the smile off the faces of year 12 students yesterday afternoon when they burst out their classroom doors at the end of a long two-day slog of QCS tests.

Students across Queensland all sat the core skills test simultaneously and are now anxiously awaiting their scores.

Students in year 12 have had a busy few months as they prepare for end of year exams, start preparing for prom, look forward to graduation and applying for QTAC positions.

The QCS test was the first of much to come in the end of year schedule.

Students have been practising for this test since early in the year, having attended weekly practice sessions – and for some schools even a two-day mock test.

Marks on the QCS test will go towards students' Overall Position scores and their Field Positions.

This information will be used to rank students for tertiary entrance if they wish to attend university.

Students were challenged in four tests; a writing task, short response and two multiple-choices exams.

They were quizzed on a generic skill base or Common Curriculum Elements, rather than on specific subjects.

Students will spend the next few days winding down and easing back into preparing for their final studies.

Jennifer Booth said she was happy to have a bit of a rest.

“All we have been doing is focusing on the QCS test,” she said.

For more information on the QCS test or to obtain a copy of the test from previous years you can head to www.qsa.qld.edu.au.



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