Year 12 Queensland Core Skills Test Information

The QCS Test contributes information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) 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 QCS Test does not test particular knowledge of specific Year 12 subjects. It tests the CCEs, a set of generic skills identified in the Queensland senior curriculum. 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). Students 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. Also see About the QCS test (500KB PDF)

We have provided copies of past QCS papers for students to peruse and practice. The 'Retrospectives' provide solutions and marking criteria along with other important information and feedback on the questions of each year.

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Practice QCS Papers:
See: QCS Blackboard.

QCS Test Retrospectives provide student samples and QSA feedback from previous years.

Preparing for the QCS Test
Beyond Retrospectives, copyright prevents QSA from publishing past test papers, however, they do offer this paper of sample questions that draw on assumed mathematical knowledge.