Kingaroy State High School students Xanthe Walker, Jake Sullivan, Jordan Buckley and Brenna Prendergast celebrate the end of the Queensland Core Skills Test.
Kingaroy State High School students Xanthe Walker, Jake Sullivan, Jordan Buckley and Brenna Prendergast celebrate the end of the Queensland Core Skills Test. Claudia Williams

FINAL QCS TEST: Students celebrate end of an era

THE class of 2019 are no strangers to making history for Queensland students.

They started their education as the first students of compulsory Prep, were the first to complete Year 7 in high school, and as their high school careers come to end, they are continuing to champion change.

This week South Burnett Year 12 students joined their peers across Queensland in completing the final Queensland Core Skills Test.

While the QCS test is known for being a stressful experience, Kingaroy State High School student Jordan Buckley said he and his peers were well prepared to take on the challenge.

"I am not as stressed I thought I would be,” Jordan said.

Kingaroy Year 12 students were part of the cohort to sit the final Queensland Core Skills Test.
Kingaroy Year 12 students were part of the cohort to sit the final Queensland Core Skills Test. Claudia Williams

The school prepared students as it has done each year - by running 70-minute classes each week on test strategies and content, and holding practice tests.

"It doesn't really feel like much of a thing to be stressed about,” Year 12 student Xanthe Walker said.

Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, students were tested in a writing task, short response paper and two multiple choice papers, and these results will help determine their Overall Positions which are used to select students for entry into tertiary study.

As Queensland is adopting the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank from 2020, the QCS will become a thing of the past.

Completion of the QCS test brings the Year 12 cohort one step closer to graduation, but they will continue to work hard in coming days as exams are due to start om Kingaroy on Monday.