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What is QCS?

The Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test is a Queensland test, designed for Queensland students.  It is used to gather group results that provide a baseline for comparing groups of students across subjects and across schools. The test also provides an individual result for each student.
The test is held once each year, for a total of seven hours, on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the third-last week of the third term of the state school year.

Who can sit the test? 

All Year 12 students have the right to sit the QCS Test. If your child is in Year 12 and OP eligible, they must sit the QCS Test, but we encourage all students to consider the benefits of sitting the test.

What does the QCS Test assess?

This test does not directly assess any of the senior subject areas; instead, it assesses a range of curriculum elements, each identified as being common to several subjects across the curriculum. They are known as the common curriculum elements (CCEs). Since these are what will be assessed, it’s a good idea for students to review them before the test.

QCS Preparation

All students who are sitting the QCS Test must be involved in QCS Test Practice.   

Non OP Eligible students

All students are expected to exit high school with either an OP, a Ranking or a VET certificate qualification.  If a student is not eligible for an OP and is not currently studying a VET certificate course, then they MUST fulfil the requirements by completing a Certificate I through the college.