WAITING GAME: North Bundaberg State High School year 12 students Lachlan Jensen, Stephanie Chapman and Rachel Hill are eagerly awaiting their OP scores. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
WAITING GAME: North Bundaberg State High School year 12 students Lachlan Jensen, Stephanie Chapman and Rachel Hill are eagerly awaiting their OP scores. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Students eagerly awaiting OP scores

TEENS across Queensland will soon be staying up late, eagerly awaiting their Overall Positions (OP) scores.

Despite the hard work and tireless hours spent studying, Lachlan Jensen, Stephanie Chapman and Rachel Hill, students from Bundaberg North State High School, said the reality of never returning to high school hadn't really sunk in yet.

"I still feel like I'm in year 11," Miss Hill said.

With the pressure to do well and achieve more heightened at the beginning of Year 12, graduates managed to remain resolute while enjoying their last year of secondary schooling.

"It was a more fun, yet focused year," Mr Jensen said.

But the hard work has undoubtedly paid off for the aspiring graduates.

As all three students are expecting a high, single-digit OP and are pursuing a university degree.

Though they've been thrown out of normality with the end of their high schooling years, they are now on a new educational and life journey, that they say they are more than ready for.

"Year 12 definitely helps prepare you for the future," Miss Chapman said. 

"I'm hoping for an OP 3 and to complete a bachelor of Mathematics at either the University of Queensland (UQ) or the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

"I want to be a high school math teacher."

Miss Hill said she was also hoping for an OP 3, with her eye on a veterinary degree at UQ in Gatton.

Mr Jensen said he was aspiring to a degree in engineering at UQ with an OP 5.

OPs are the current ranking system used in Queensland based on the academic performance of individual students in their five top Authority Subjects and scaled using the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test, which students sit on the first Tuesday of September.

The highest ranking Overall Position is a 1 and the lowest being 24.

However, current system is set to change in the near future as Queensland intends scraps the OP system and adopt the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) system much like the rest of the nation.

Based on the same principle, the ATAR is ranked from 0-99.95.

99 is equivalent to an OP 1 and 30 are equal to an OP 24; ATARs below 30 are not reported.

Though still in the planning stages, those graduating in 2018 will be the first to experience the change.

If you want to share your OP 1 excitement email your name and number to editorial@news-mail.com.au.



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