Sample exam papers to get schools test ready

Published:

NOTE: This article is older than 12 months

Queensland Year 11 students can get a taste of the subject-based external exams they will sit next year with the release today of sample exam papers for more than 50 senior subjects.

Education Minister Grace Grace said next year’s Year 12s would be the first in Queensland in nearly 50 years to sit subject-based external exams.

External exams are part of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system which started with current Year 11 students and also includes:

  • replacing the OP tertiary entrance rank with the ATAR
  • new and redeveloped syllabuses, and
  • new processes for quality assuring school-based assessments

“Students sitting external exams will be a major change in Queensland, so we’re putting a lot of effort into helping schools get ready,” Ms Grace said.

“The exams will contribute 25% to a student’s result in most subjects. The exceptions are maths and science subjects where the exams will contribute 50%. Three school-based assessments will make up the balance.

“The public release of sample exam papers is the latest milestone in our preparation effort.”

Ms Grace said the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) had developed the samples with teachers and academics and consulted with interstate curriculum authorities.

“The samples have the same purpose as past exam papers used in states such as New South Wales and Victoria,” she said. “They are about helping schools and students prepare for the real thing.

“Samples familiarise students with the type of questions that might be asked and the expected length of responses.

“I’m confident that teachers and students have all the resources and support they need to thrive in the new QCE system.”

The external exam period will run for about four weeks during October and November 2020.

“Queensland’s new assessment and tertiary entrance system for senior students is the culmination of more than three years of research, trials, and training for nearly 17,000 teachers,” Ms Grace said.

“Students and parents seeking more information should visit the QCAA website, which hosts a wide range of information about the new system as well as frequently asked questions.”

The sample exam papers can be viewed on the QCAA website: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/senior-subjects

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

 
Community Education & Schools Political Queensland Government Technology & Communications Teenagers & Young Adults
Social:   

Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training :
PO Box 15033, City East Qld 4002, Brisbane
07 3237 0111
Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Excellence in education on show at annual awards 14 September 2020 | Queensland’s leading state schools have been honoured at the 21st annual Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools via a livestream video. More information...
Scale of extraordinary school infrastructure program revealed 09 September 2020 | New figures have revealed the extent of the Palaszczuk Government’s massive investment in school infrastructure, which is helping drive Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19. More information...
'Look before you lock' the new catchcry for transport operators 07 September 2020 | A haunting new campaign has been launched to help prevent the tragic situation of children being left behind in buses. More information...
Queensland state schools shine as 2020 Showcase finalists announced 03 September 2020 | Excellence, innovation and dedication to education have been recognised across Queensland state schools with the 2020 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools finalists officially announced. More information...
Expert review suggests NAPLAN be replaced 28 August 2020 | An expert independent review of NAPLAN has found the decade-old test needs to be overhauled to ensure it meets the needs of students, parents and teachers. More information...
New Sunshine Coast high school reaches next milestone 09 July 2020 | The opening of a new state school on the Sunshine Coast is another step closer, with construction reaching the half-way mark. More information...
Panels power jobs through pandemic 21 May 2020 | Another 580 schools will receive solar panels and other energy saving measures, as the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program ramps up. More information...
Experienced principals to take the reins at new Sunshine Coast schools 27 April 2020 | Education Minister Grace Grace today announced Mr Andrew Walker as the principal of the new primary school at Palmview and Mr Matt Samson as the principal of the new high school at Baringa. More information...
Statement from Education Minister Grace Grace 20 March 2020 | The expert health advice of chief health and medical officers remains that schools should remain open. More information...
More cleaning for Qld state schools 19 March 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government will increase the amount of cleaning in Queensland state schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service