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Education, Training and Development Terms & Acronyms Made Easy
There are many terms and acronyms associated with the area of education, training and personal and professional development.  Learning 101 is here to help by providing you with more information on relevant topics.
 What is an  OP (Overall Position)?
An  OP is a students 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).

How do I get an  OP?

To get an  OP you must study a certain number of Authority subjects and satisfy other requirements including completion of Year 12 and the Queensland Core Skills ( QCS) Test. The basic eligibility requirement is 20 semester units of credit in Authority subjects with at least three subjects taken for four semesters. Authority subjects are based on syllabuses that have been approved and issued by the  QCAA.

How is my  OP calculated?

OP calculations begin with the results you get in the subjects you study in Year 12. These results are reported on your Senior Statement in terms of five levels of achievement: Very High Achievement, High Achievement, Sound Achievement, Limited Achievement and Very Limited Achievement. The levels of achievement alone are too broad to calculate  OPs so finer-grained comparisons of student achievement are necessary. These comparisons are provided by the subject achievement indicators ( SAIs).  SAIs are numbers (from 400 to 200) assigned by teachers to  OP-eligible students. They show your achievement compared with the achievement of other students in each subject you study in your school.

For more information, including fast facts and myths, go to https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/tertiary-entrance/op





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