The Senior External Examination consists of 21 individual subject examinations provided across Queensland in October and November each year. Results are based solely on examination performance. Any class tests or assignments completed during the year will not contribute to results. This differs from the system of externally moderated school-based assessment in place in Queensland secondary schools.
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.
Candidates may be able to use Senior External Examination results to gain a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
Results are reported as one of five levels of achievement:
- Very High Achievement
- High Achievement
- Sound Achievement
- Limited Achievement
- Very Limited Achievement.
There are no pass or fail grades, nor are results recorded as numbers, marks or percentages. Results are not published in newspapers or on QCAA's website.
Resources such as syllabuses and past papers are available for all subjects.
Special provision may be approved for candidates with a recognised disability, injury or medical condition that could affect their examination performance. For example, extra time may be approved for a candidate with a broken wrist or enlarged examination materials for a candidate with vision impairment.
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