PRESSURE IS ON: Rhea Dhillon, Georgia Hayes (back), Kate McDonnell, Belarna Pertot, Ella Moro and Neha Dillon (front) were among the Year 12 students at St Patrick's College who enjoyed a special breakfast this morning before their first QCS exam.
PRESSURE IS ON: Rhea Dhillon, Georgia Hayes (back), Kate McDonnell, Belarna Pertot, Ella Moro and Neha Dillon (front) were among the Year 12 students at St Patrick's College who enjoyed a special breakfast this morning before their first QCS exam. Frances Klein

Good luck to Gympie Year 12s sitting QCS exams

BEST wishes are extended to the Gympie region Year 12 students who are among the 30,000 state-wide who sat QCS yesterday and will sit their final two exams today.

Year 12s only have about 10 school weeks left until the bell rings for the last time and the QCS can be a very stressful time.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said today the current Year 12s were among three final groups of senior students who would sit the exam, with a new senior schooling and tertiary entrance system, including a new assessment regime and tertiary ranking system, set to start with Queensland's current Year 9s when they enter Year 11 in 2018.

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden reminded parents and carers that Year 12s were not only facing exam stress and pressure at this time of year, but also big decisions about what to do after school.

Tertiary course applications for 2017 are due to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) by September 30 (last day for early bird applications), so many students are also be wrestling with this important decision.

Parents and carers are encouraged to ensure their sons and daughters in Year 12 are sleeping and eating well over this busy period. Talk with them about their assessment and exam schedule and help them organise their time effectively so they feel on top of their workload. Parents who have any concerns about their son or daughter should speak with their school.

According to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), the QCS Test consists of four papers: a writing task, short response paper and two multiple choice papers. The test contributes information towards the calculation of student Overall Position (OP) scores - the key pathway to tertiary entry.

For more information on the QCS Test go to https://www.qcaa.qld. edu.au/senior/qcs-test/ about-the-qcs-test

For more information on tertiary course application dates and dates for major offer rounds go to http://www.qtac.edu.au/

Gympie Times


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