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All you need to know about the Queensland Core Skills Test


Academic year: 2023

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If you are not eligible for an OP, you can take the test if you wish to do so. Cheating is an act of academic misconduct and is against the rules of the test.

Getting ready in mind and body

What to expect on the test days

The Writing Task testpaper

Planning, drafting and revising

You can draft your answer all at once and revise later, or you can revise as you go. Make sure you have marked the outline(s) on the front of your answer book to identify the stimulus pieces you responded to.

How to manage your time

Your response

For example, it would be unwise to attempt to write a film screenplay unless you have some knowledge of, and experience with, this form of writing. You should have a reasonable feel for the genres or forms in which you write best.

WT testpaper: sample cover

WT response book: sample cover





The Multiple Choice testpapers

A strategy for getting through the items efficiently

Tips which may help you to be test-wise for this testpaper

Tips to help you avoid errors in recording your responses

Sample items

Item 100

For example, the length of the horizontal line segment y = 2, between the y-axis and the L2 line, is 0.5 units. It is also possible to work out the areas of the sections between the rows by determining the areas of the right triangles.

Items 36–38

In the diagram below, the line y = 2 intersects the y-axis at point P and the line L3 at point Q. The length, in units, of the portion of the line y = 2 between the y-axis and line L3 is closest. The size of the area, in square units, bounded by the line L1, the y-axis and the line y = 5 is.

It is also possible to answer items 3638 by taking into account the coordinates of the graph, by measurement and using ratios, or by estimation. Here are some items from a unit that require you to read carefully and draw conclusions from a passage. Option A is clearly wrong, and C, while there is some truth to it, is not specific enough for the concerns raised in the passage.

B and D are relevant, but B is a more logical inference from the author's opinion, as there is nothing to indicate competing theories in the passage. The passage certainly refers to revolutionary thinking, but not as a major feature of the theory put forward by the teachers, so the key must be option A, an inference from the first half of the passage. The truth of both theorems in C can be deduced from the proof, so the key is option C.

Items 96–98

Making the right choice in point 98 depends on your ability to eliminate B in favor of C. Although the trainers may be traditionalists, this is not the image they want to present, so B is only partially correct. In the next unit you must interpret the meaning of the words, synthesize and evaluate.

Option A is clearly false, while option B is somewhat true as it relates to machines. Option C summarizes the fascination mentioned in line 6, but is only marginally relevant to the passage as it focuses on physical strength. Option D covers the wider use of the art of use that the writer indicated (line 10), as well as the art in mechanical objects.

The task here is to find the few expressions that best describe the author's view on appreciating design beauty. Options B and D can be eliminated because the expressions used do not apply correctly to the passage. While one of the expressions in option A does apply to the passage, the one in option C deals accurately with the point the writer is making, as it refers to instinctive appreciation.

Items 1–2

This unit tests achievement in interpreting the meaning of a map, calculating with or without a calculator, approximating, analyzing, reasoning and visualizing.

Items 34–38

Identical procedures were used to count ants of different species in the belt cross-sections of the area shown in Figure 1. Assume that ants of this species are evenly distributed in the tree-covered part of the area. The number of ants of this species that would be counted in square Q in April is the closest.

The total number of species 2 ants expected to occur in all grasslands in January would be the closest. By drawing more lines to complete the square grid in Figure 1, you can count the number of squares that represent water. There are between 5 and 6 Q-sized squares representing the tree-covered area in the belt transect W.

So if you can estimate the number of ants in square T, you can e.g. use this to calculate the number of ants in the grassland that, like T, is not close to rocks or water. Since there were only 100 ants in the 2.5 quadrats of grassland in belt transect W, it is reasonable to estimate that there are about 40 ants in any quadrat adjacent to rocks or water. To respond correctly to this point, you must carefully consider the meaning of surfaces and spaces in the stimulus material at the beginning of the unit.

Items 97–100

The points in the next unit require you to interpret the meaning of pictures and illustrations, visualize, analyze and classify. Of particular importance is the parenthetical comment that the volume occupied by the materials that make up each sphere is not called a space. So the volume occupied by the materials that make up the box is not called a space either.

Also, since the box is hollow, there is an area inside it and an area outside it. The recess does not reach the bottom of the box, nor is it a hole through the box, so it does not divide the space inside or create new spaces. Thus there is an outer surface, an inner surface, and a space within: two surfaces, one space.

MC testpapers: sample cover (MC I)

MC: sample response sheet

Response sheet

The Short Response testpaper


The International Wool Secretariat trademark is included in the entry to make sure you know what is meant by the logo or trademark. The number of lines given in the answer field indicates that you only need to write a short answer. The flow asks you to explain why this logo is appropriate for a television news network, and the prompt advises you to refer to specific features of the trademark.

The eye suggests that the news network is awake and alert to current events and is therefore appropriate. Even if omitted and therefore appropriate, this is a fine answer because we expect a news station to be awake and alert. The logo is appropriate because the television news sees what is happening in the world and people watch the news.

This answer does not directly refer to an eye, but words like see and look indicate that you think the logo represents an eye. You don't have the option to say the logo is inappropriate because the item doesn't ask you to judge its suitability. Also keep in mind that you won't get extra points for responding at length to an item that only takes one or two sentences at most, and you may run out of time later in the testing session.


Cardigan Lnstructions

What aspects of skiing did the artist choose to emphasise in this illustration?

Like literary passages, illustrations can mean different things to different people, so we need to account for this in the marking scheme and in our marking responses to units like this. The most important thing is to see the ski figures in context, to understand the intentions of the artist. In Part II, you must support the words you chose in Part I.

For example, you can comment on the position of the figures in relation to the foreground and background and point out the use of sharp lines to show the skier's speed. Other items will have one correct answer, but there may be more than one way to reach the solution and you will be asked to show your work. With these, it's important not to leave out any intermediate steps you went through to get to the solution.

Instructions on how to respond are often included in prompts and should not be ignored.

Explain clearly how the illustration emphasises these aspects

Since the work does not need to be displayed, you can use any method, such as pattern reading or extrapolation. You can detect a pattern in Figure 1: two more tiles cover row 2 than row 1, and two more tiles cover row 3 than row 2. You would notice this by noticing that the three sides of the drawn board are the same length. .


Row 2

An enlarged drawing of a plate is shown in Figure 2, where x represents the area of ​​the circular pattern and y the area of ​​each of the parts outside the circular pattern. Express in terms of x and y the proportion of the area of ​​row 2 covered by the circular pattern. The ratio of the area of ​​circular patterns to the area of ​​each row is equal to the corresponding proportion for an individual tile, since only whole tiles are used.

The total area of ​​one tile is x + 3y and the area of ​​the circular pattern is x, so the required proportion is. You can explain your reasoning in much the same way (note that the stem tells you to explain your reasoning). If you don't explain your reasoning, you can't get the highest grade and you can deny yourself partial credit if your reasoning is on the right track but your algebraic expression is wrong.

To respond to it, you can use various combinations of ruler, drawing compass and protractor. You can cross-check the accuracy of your drawing of a regular hexagon by using your protractor to measure the six angles to make sure they are equal.

SR testpaper: sample cover

Frequently asked questions

Additional materials

Queensland Curriculum


Figure 1 shows part of a cartesian graph. The x- and y-axes are marked. The axes have equally  spaced points marked on them, one unit apart
Figure 1 shows two hollow balls, one inside the other. The balls enclose two separate spaces, one  inside the other, which are inaccessible from the outside world and from each other
Figure 1 shows part of a tabletop that is in the shape of a regular hexagon. It is covered with  identical tiles, all of which are equilateral triangles in shape


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