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OP and rank pathways

Reporting on Student Overall Position (OP) range and Tertiary Rank progress

An OP is a student’s position in a statewide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects. It indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 OP bands from OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest).

At the end of Term 1, 2 and 3 students in Year 11 and 12 will receive a OP or rank range estimate, to aid decision-making with regard to University course preferences and other post-school pathways. It may also have the dual effect of motivating students to keep improving in their studies and to see reward for their effort. It is worth pointing out that OPs are awarded on the basis of relative placement in each subject cohort in the school. Students who maintain their subject results or only marginally improve each semester, may notice their estimate move backwards as the average results in most subjects tend to increase over time.

The OP estimate is based upon subject levels of achievement and Queensland State standards data from the previous year, and is obviously affected by the students Level of Achievement at the end of Year 12 and by individual and cohort performance in the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test in Term 3 of Year 12. Similarly, the rank estimate for OP ineligible students is based on QTAC standards. This information is discussed further at the Year 12 QCS & OP information night in Term 1.

Selection Rank

Students who complete Year 12 and do not qualify for an OP can still gain entry to courses offered at Queensland Tertiary institutions registered with the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC.) Students must still satisfy specified university prerequisites. Prerequisites may be subject requirements or portfolio/audition requirements for creative and performing arts courses.

OP ineligible students will be allocated a QTAC selection rank, based on their results recorded on their Senior Statement in Authority and Authority-registered subjects and, if available, their results in the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. A selection rank, like an OP, is a measure that places students in order of merit to gain entry to tertiary courses.