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Preparing for external assessment

The QCAA has developed a suite of videos to help Year 12 students prepare for external assessments in General subjects. They include insights and advice from QCAA learning area managers.

View all the videos on the QCAA YouTube channel playlist.

Year 11 and 12 Term 1 2021 Exam Block

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External assessment timetable

External assessments will be held annually in Term 4.

The external assessment timetable has been designed to:

  • minimise clashes for students across the 17 days of external assessments. Where there is a clash within a morning or afternoon session, students will be allocated to the alternative session on the same day

  • ensure students sit no more than two external assessments on one day

  • provide sufficient breaks between external assessments for popular courses and frequently combined courses

  • enable all external assessments to be marked in time for students to receive their final Year 12 results.

Information for students and parents/carers

Missed exams and assessment extensions  

Request for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments 

All students are required to complete assessment and exams on the scheduled dates.  If you are unable to attend a scheduled exam or submit an assessment item on the due date, you need to communicate with the school immediately with a valid reason to ensure that you may still have the assessment counted towards your semester’s result.   Valid reasons are outlined in the Special Provision Policy. 

If a student has missed an exam, or requires an extension to an assignment, please download the Request for AARA form on the right hand side of this page and follow the steps to complete.

Not contacting the school is likely to see a student with a non-submit for the missed exam or assessment item.  This may mean that a student is not-rated for the semester, which could have a significant impact on your pathway and ability to achieve their QCE, or continued enrolment in subjects in the following semester.

If you have missed an exam or require an extension please complete the Request for AARA form and attach your supporting documentation (e.g. Medical Certificate) and forward to the Dean for Junior School (lwhit139@eq.edu.au), Dean for Middle School (pdbur0@eq.edu.au), or Dean for Senior School (agehr9@eq.edu.au).  

AARA resources

QCAA have created new AARA school and student statement templates to the QCAA website to inform and support AARA applications. 

You can access the templates, as well as step-by-step instructions about how to complete an AARA application, via the How to apply for AARA section.

 AARA ineligibility

This statement applies to Year 11-12 students.

Students are not eligible for AARA on the following grounds:

  • Unfamiliarity with the English language

  • Teacher absence or other teacher-related difficulties

  • Matters that the student could have avoided (e.g. misreading an examination timetable, misreading instructions in examinations)

  • Matters of the student's or parent's/carer's own choosing (e.g. family holidays)

  • Matters that the school could have avoided (e.g. incorrect enrolment in a subject)

To avoid the school being unable to approve extensions of assessment or reschedule examination times due to matters of the student's or parent's/carer's own choosing (e.g. family holidays), we encourage students to be at school for the duration of each term.


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Last reviewed 02 March 2021
Last updated 02 March 2021