PRESSURE’S ON: Coolum State High Students sit their year 12 Queensland Core Skills exams.
PRESSURE’S ON: Coolum State High Students sit their year 12 Queensland Core Skills exams. Nicola Brander

Nervous students can breathe sigh of relief for now

BY THE time you read this, the butterflies will be gone and with luck these students will have had a decent night's sleep.

Ninety-seven students from Coolum State High School were among thousands from around the state who sat Queensland Core Skills exams this week.

The results of the four tests held over two days are used to calculate students' overall positions and field positions (OPs and FPs) which are used to rank them for tertiary entrance.

Student Ria Bartlett has her sights set on an OP of between one and five.

She did after-school tutorials and QCS classes each week in preparation for the exams.

"I'm prepared as much as I can be. You don't know what the questions will be. I just have to do my best,'' Ria said beforehand.

She was nervous but tried to remain philosophical about the outcome.

"To reduce the pressure, I just have to keep reminding myself that there are other paths to get into university."


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