Queensland Senior Students Ready for QCS test

Year 12 students across Our Towns join with 28,000 students across the state on Tuesday to sit the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test this week.

The tests, conducted by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will be Held on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September.

Students will complete four test papers over the next two days – a writing task, two multiple choice papers and a short response paper.


Students will be asked to respond to a variety of stimulus materials, such as prose passages, poetry, graphs, tables, maps, mathematical and scientific data, as well as cartoons, drawings and artistic works.

This year will be the second last year of the QCS Tests in Queensland. From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) and QCS Test as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland senior students.

ATAR seeks to ensure that results are as inclusive and fair for all students as possible, with rankings to be generated directly from senior subject results through the use of inter-subject scaling.

And there’s well wishes flowing for the students today from all and sundry and all the way to Education Minister Grace Grace.

“I encourage all students sitting their QCS this week to approach the tests with confidence – just relax and try your best.”

Ms Grace says the results of QCS Testing help to calculate Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs) which are used to select students for tertiary entrance.

“Students’ results on the QCS Test are graded from A to E and will be recorded on their Senior Statement in December.”

To those undertaking he tests this week…from all in Our Towns – Good Luck, Plus More.