Futures in balance
NERVOUS teens around the region will be watching as the seconds tick over to 9am on Saturday morning.
On any device connected to the internet, Year 12 graduates are ready to check their OP score upon their online release, before official letters arrive later in the week.
The score, a position in a state wide ranking based on overall achievement, can determine a student's future career path.
Universities, TAFE institutes and other tertiary institutions use OP scores to calculate enrolments; with a higher OP allowing access to more courses.
St. Patrick's College graduate Nick Gerrard told The Gympie Times on Friday he was feeling slightly anxious about finding out his score.
He is hoping for an OP 4 or higher (1 is the highest and 25 is the lowest) to help launch his engineering studies.
Nick, alongside all Queensland high school OP-eligible graduates, will receive his Tertiary Entrance Statement in the mail this week.
The letters were posted on Friday and contain a student's OP score.
About 2% of students across the state will receive an OP 1; while 21% will score between a two and a six, the majority of students at 73 % will score between seven and 21 and 4% of students are likely to score between a 22 and 25.
The score indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in the state.
It is based on Year 12 subject results.
Subject achievement indicators assigned by teachers to OP-eligible students are used to make fine-grained comparisons and determine the score.
No matter what the score, each student can triumph on receiving their OP this week - it's their final high school achievement and the key to their future.
- Band 1 - about 2%
- Band 2 to 6 - about 21%
- Band 7 to 21 - about 73%
- Band 22 to 25 - about 4%
- This is the approximate distribution of scores amongst Qld children.