Students put skills to the test

YEAR 12 students from Proserpine High School sat the 2009 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test on Tuesday and yesterday.

About 30,000 students from Queensland were tested on 49 elements common to the senior curriculum.

Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the test included spelling, punctuation and grammar, calculating, analysing and hypothesising.

He said the testing involved a writing task and multiple-choice paper on Tuesday and a short response and multiple-choice paper yesterday.

“The group QCS Test results create data which is then used to calculate Queensland students' Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs) for tertiary entrance,” Mr Wilson said.

Proserpine High School Year 12 coordinator Larraine Biggs said the students seemed positive during the exams after good preparation.

“We have had an effective preparation,” she said.

“The students have had fairly intensive practice since the beginning of the year.”

Larraine was hopeful that the students would do well again this year after some great results at the school in the past.

“We have had some exceptional results in the last few years,” she said.

“To use a sporting analogy, if everyone works hard the team will hopefully achieve good results.”

Student Deeanna West said Tuesday's writing task on 'time' was challenging at first but all right in the end.

“We had to write about time,” she said.

“To start I couldn't think of any thing to write, but once I got writing it was okay.”

Mr Wilson said students would receive their QCS Test results, which are graded from A to E, on Senior Statements in December.


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