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New senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems

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A new senior assessment system (known as the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system) and a new tertiary entrance system commenced in 2019 for Queensland students who entered Year 11.

The new systems comprise:

  • a new senior assessment model that combines school-based assessment with external assessment together with new processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment, and
  • the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)—the replacement of the Overall Position (OP) tertiary rank.

Implementing the new systems

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is leading work to develop and implement the new senior assessment processes.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) is leading work to develop and implement the ATAR.

Information and resources are available for schools, students and parents to learn more about the new senior syllabuses, and new assessment processes on the QCAA website. Key information is provided about:

In 2020, responsibility for generating a common Year 12 tertiary entrance rank will be transferred from the QCAA to the QTAC. QTAC will administer this process on behalf of Queensland tertiary institutions.

Information about the ATAR and My Path is available on the QTAC website.

Information on the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce and the SATE Implementation Taskforce is available at Queensland SATE Implementation Taskforce.

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Last updated 05 March 2020