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The Senior External Examination consists of 22 individual subject examinations provided across Queensland each year in October or November.

Results are based solely on examination performance. Class tests and assignments completed during the year will not contribute to results. This differs from the system of externally moderated school-based assessment used in Queensland secondary schools.

The future of the Senior External Examination

Following an extensive consultation process, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has decided to phase out the examinations for non-language subjects over the next three years.

Options for Year 12 students wishing to study non-language subjects after 2015 include studying through a shared campus arrangement or enrolling at a school of distance education.

From 2016, the Senior External Examination will consist of foreign language subject examinations only (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Modern Greek, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese).

Students may be able to use Senior External Examination results to gain a QCE.

Who may sit the Senior External Examination?

The Senior External Examination is for:

  • Year 12 students unable to access particular subjects at their school
  • adult students (people of any age not enrolled at a Queensland secondary school):
    • to meet tertiary entrance or employment requirements
    • for personal interest

If you want your child to sit an examination, talk to your child’s school at the start of the year.

More information

Last reviewed: 1 July 2015

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