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2018 Key dates

The table below shows the key activities for the 2018 QCS Test and the dates on which they will occur.

For more information, please email the Senior Operations Team, Assessment Operations Unit or phone (07) 3864 0227. Any online submissions are through the QCS Test administration database.


Student Information Bulletin 2018 (SIB) and About the QCS Test brochure delivered to schools


Retrospective: 2017 Queensland Core Skills Test published online


Chief supervisor nomination process

early February to 9 March

Chief community representative nomination process

March to May

Special provision applications open

19 March

Schools apply to vary the location of the test centre

1 March to 18 May

Schools submit the names of students who will be sitting the test at an alternative test centre to their normal school

1 March to 18 May

Special provision — closing date for ‘long-term condition’ applications

21 May

Chief community representative appointment process

June to August

Appointment notices emailed to chief community representatives

June to August

Directions for Administration (DFA) published online


Instructions to students and Calculator declaration forms delivered to schools


Test materials delivery and pick-up times provided to schools

early August

Non-secure test materials delivered to schools


Secure test materials delivered to schools

late August

Chief supervisors download Corrections instructions

3 September, from 7 am

Closing date for all students sitting the test to have signed the Calculator declaration form

3 September

Special provision — closing date for ‘recent condition’ applications

3 September, 1 pm

QCS Test Day 1: Writing Task and Multiple Choice I administered to students

4 September

QCS Test Day 2: Short Response and Multiple Choice II administered to students

5 September

Test materials collected from schools

4 to 6 September

Chief supervisors finalise attendance duties of community representatives

5 to 7 September

Special provision — closing date for ‘after the test’ applications

11 October

Payments made to community representatives


Last updated: 7 March 2018

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