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The information on this page relates to students who will be graduating from school in 2018 and 2019, i.e. current Year 11 and 12 students. For information about the new QCE system starting with Year 11 students in 2019, visit the QCAA website.

Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs) are used to rank students for entrance to courses at universities, TAFE institutes and other tertiary institutions.

What is an OP?

An OP is your rank order position from 1 (highest) to 25 (lowest) based on your overall achievement in Authority subjects. It indicates how well you've done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland.

Approximate distribution of students across OP bands:

  • Band 1 — about 2% of students
  • Band 2 to 6 — about 21% of students
  • Band 7 to 21 — about 73% of students
  • Band 22 to 25 — about 4% of students.

OP eligibility

To be eligible for an OP you need to:

  • study 20 semester units of Authority subjects with at least 3 subjects for 4 semesters each
  • sit all 4 subtests of the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test
  • remain at school until the final day of Year 12.

How are OPs calculated?

OP calculations take into account the results of your best five Authority subjects. In calculating OPs, all subjects are treated equally. There is no bias in favour of certain subjects (e.g. maths or science).

Your OP result is determined by how well you perform in your senior studies when compared with all other OP-eligible students in Queensland. It is not determined by the school you attend.

School and subject-group data from the QCS Test are used as part of a statistical scaling process that enables the QCAA to make a fair and reasonable comparison of the performance of students across Queensland.

Your individual QCS Test result is not used on its own in the calculation of your OP. Therefore your grade on the QCS Test will not indicate what your OP will be.

When will I find out my OP?

On completion of Year 12, if you are OP-eligible, you will receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement as part of your Senior Education Profile. Your Tertiary Entrance Statement will list your OP and FPs. Your OP and FPs will also appear in your learning account after your Senior Education Profile has been posted to you.

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Last updated: 15-Feb-2018