Testing Times for Qld Year 12s

There are times during Year 12 when teens feel like they’re taking a major leap; their hearts in their mouths.

Today may feel like that for many of the 30,000 seniors sitting the annual Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test.

As parents, it’s our job to support them during these big moments; to lift their confidence; be there to catch them if they fall and help them back on their feet to continue their life journey.

In a joint media statement the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network and Independent Schools Queensland wished the Year 12s sitting the test well and urged them to approach the exams with confidence.

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Executive Officer Sue Kloeden said it was normal for students to feel exam jitters.

“Parents can help ease this anxiety by ensuring their children are well rested, drink plenty of water, have a good breakfast and take wholesome food to school to keep them nourished and alert over the exam period,” Ms Kloeden said.

“The tests are conducted over two days with students undertaking 3.5 hours of testing each day over two sessions. That’s 7 hours of intense concentration which can be tiring.”

Ms Kloeden encouraged parents to remind their children to keep the tests in perspective, remain calm and do their best.

“With only 12 weeks until the final day of Year 12, students are not only managing exams and assessment, but also big decisions about their future, so there’s a lot going on in their lives. The best thing parents can do is be a supportive, calming and comforting presence during this period.”

The QCS Test is developed and administered by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

The QCAA has created a range of useful information for parents and students on the test.

Information for parents and carers | Link

Information for students | Link