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QLD Core Skills Test


​Year 12 students are eagerly awaiting the QLD Core Skills Test next Tuesday and Wednesday. The exam is in the Great Hall and students are advised to be early.

The following general tips apply to preparing for the QCS test:

  • get plenty of rest. Quality sleep patterns of 7 - 8 hrs each night over the preceeding weekend will assist in getting students into a routine (main advice - put the mobile away when you sleep!)
  • eat well. Ensuring students eat breakfast and have healthy meals prior will assist optimising brain power
  • double check your materials (calculators, writing materials and water bottles all have specific requirements - check these on Monday if required).
  • go in with a plan for all the tests (the practice exams and preparation sessions have prepared students to systematically tackle the tasks).


Best advice is to relax and do your best. That's all anyone can ever ask of you!

See below for general information about the QCS test (

Purpose of the test

The QCS Test contributes information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs), which are used to rank students for tertiary entrance.
A student's individual QCS Test result is not used on its own in the calculation of their OP — instead, group results are used as part of the statistical scaling processes. A student's individual result on the QCS Test (from A to E) is reported on the student's Senior Statement or Statement of Results.
The section on Tertiary Entrance provides information on how the QCS Test is used in the calculation of OPs and FPs.

What is tested — Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs)

The QCS Test does not test particular knowledge of specific Year 12 subjects. It tests the Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs), a set of generic skills identified in the Queensland senior curriculum.
The test assumes that candidates have basic levels of general knowledge and vocabulary and a Year 10 knowledge of mathematical operations.

Format of the test

The QCS Test consists of 4 papers — a Writing Task (of 600 words), a Short Response paper and two Multiple Choice papers. The results achieved for each of the 4 test papers are combined into one grade, ranging from A (the highest grade) to E (the lowest).
Those sitting the test are asked to respond to a variety of stimulus materials, such as prose passages, poetry, graphs, tables, maps, mathematical and scientific data, cartoons and artistic works.