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Getting the best OP

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How do you get a good Overall Position (OP) score? The obvious answer is: study.

But, are there any other tricks of the trade to bolster your OP, subjects to study or schools to attend?

In 2006, around 28,000 Year 12 students in Queensland are working towards an OP for entry into tertiary courses. Each will receive a score between 1 and 25, calculated on how well a student achieves in comparison to every other student in the state.

schools + parents separates the facts from the myths.

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What subjects should a student choose to get the best OP?

Students should work to their strengths and select subjects they are best at, enjoy and suit their future studies.

A student can achieve an OP 1 studying any range of subjects. For example, last year 28 OP 1 students studied Visual Art, 20 studied Physical Education, and 37 studied Drama. OP 1 students also studied Maths A, Study of Religion, Information Processing and Technology, Music, Legal Studies and Study of Society.

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Is there a better chance of getting an OP 1 if many students at the school get an OP 1?

No. A student will not do well just by attending a school with a lot of academically high-achieving students.

A student has to be ahead of the competition in their subjects to achieve a high OP.

To get an OP 1 a student must be within the top two per cent of students in the state.

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Are subjects weighted?

All subjects are treated equally in OP calculations. What is important is how a student achieves in relation to the competition in any subject.

The strength of the competition within a particular subject-group within a particular school is measured only by that group 's Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test results. It is not measured by any notion that one subject is "harder ".

If a student is in a highly performing QCS Test group, they will only need to do as well as the better achieving students in that group to get a high-scaled subject achievement indicator (SAI), which is used in the calculation of their OP.

If they are in a low performing QCS Test group, they will need to perform significantly better than the group to get a high-scaled SAI.

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Will doing a subject with lots of low achievers disadvantage a student?

No. Students will not be disadvantaged provided they really do demonstrate considerably better achievement compared to the other students.

Further information is available at Queensland Studies Authority website External Link

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