James Nash State High School Year 12 students Hannah Roff, Michael Whordley, Mitchell Beddows and Angela Bahr are all smiles after the writing task on the first day of the Queensland Core Skills Test yesterday.
James Nash State High School Year 12 students Hannah Roff, Michael Whordley, Mitchell Beddows and Angela Bahr are all smiles after the writing task on the first day of the Queensland Core Skills Test yesterday. Tanya Easterby

Our year 12 students start QCS

JAMES Nash State High School students joined 30,000 of their peers statewide yesterday in negotiating the first day of the Queensland Core Skills Test.

The QCS test is being staged over two days and a collective sigh of relief will follow the last of four examinations this afternoon.

Year 12 students in the Gympie district lined up a writing task and a multiple-choice examination yesterday and the academic challenge continues today with a short response paper and a second multiple choice.

James Nash students Hannah Roff, Angela Bahr, Mitchell Beddows and Michael Whordley were keeping the nerves at bay yesterday after the writing task.

"It's going better than I was expecting," Hannah said.

"A lot easier than practice, which has been a bit of a surprise."

The writing test required students to respond to stimulus using a particular style of writing.

Nash students said not knowing the stimulus until the examination was the hardest part.

"We picked a genre that suited our strengths, so there was some certainty heading into it," Angela said.

All agreed good preparation was the key to smoothing any difficulties with the writing task.

Nash students have been running a gauntlet of QCS practice tests and tips sessions for the better part of a year to hone their skills.

Head of student services, Iain Verrier-Brown, said the school's own assessment was based on QCS requirements.

"Our normal assessment is done in the style of the QCS, so this helps familiarise the students," he said. "It's a familiar format and the school has spent money on external marking for practice QCS tests to provide the specific feedback for students."

One thing apparent among the Nash students was a sense of camaraderie.

"We want to do well individually but also as a team because the results affect the cohort," Hannah said.

Gympie Times


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