One of QCAA's core functions is to facilitate students' entry into tertiary study. We do this by ranking eligible Year 12 students for tertiary selection and issuing Tertiary Entrance Statements.
The Overall Position (OP) is the ranking system developed by the QCAA and used by Queensland universities to select students for entrance to courses.
An OP indicates how well a student has done in QCAA subjects compared to all other OP -eligible students in Queensland. An OP1 is the highest and OP25 is the lowest.
All subjects are treated equally in calculating OPs, and a student can achieve a high OP, including an OP 1, with any combination of subjects.
Field positions (FPs) are used by tertiary institutions to differentiate between students with the same OP when the number of places available in a course is limited.
While most students are likely to be selected for a course without using field positions, it’s a good idea for students to make sure they qualify for the field positions that may be used in the final selection phase of their preferred course. You can find out what these are on the QTAC website.
Other pathways to tertiary studies
While getting an OP is the usual pathway for Year 12 students to gain tertiary entrance, there are other options available.
Students who aren’t eligible for an OP, but wish to gain entry to tertiary courses can apply to QTAC for a selection rank based on ‘schedules’, which are specifically developed for this purpose. For more information, visit the QTAC website.
Teachers or school guidance officers can help students understand the different tertiary entrance pathways and the best options for them.
- Calculating OPs: The basic principles (PDF, 809.6 KB)
Information on the calculation and use of OPs, subject achievement indicators and scaling.
- OP Fast Facts (PDF, 326.1 KB)
- Visit the Tertiary entrance pages.