Anxious wait for top OP scores
ABOUT 300 Southern Downs Year 12 students are anxiously awaiting their final exam results this week, which will be released on Friday along with Overall Positions on Saturday.
It is a tense time as students wait to find out if they've achieved the marks to get into their desired university course but even if they don't, a university professor says not to fear.
University of Queensland's School of Law dean Sarah Derrington said too much pressure was placed on Year 11 and 12s to get a number that was not a true reflection of their efforts.
Professor Derrington slammed the OP system, saying it was unfair and did not properly reflect a student's ability to succeed in a particular degree.
"The score depends on how the student's cohort in that particular school performs. They're not judged on their own merits and their own ability," she said.
She called for independent monitoring on assessment of students across Australia.
Being in the law faculty, Ms Derrington knows how competitive it is to get into a course.
High OPs make it nearly impossible for some students, but Ms Derrington said there were other ways to get into a course.
She said students could enrol in another degree with a lower entry level, work to get a grade point average up and then apply to change their degree for the following year.
"They shouldn't think that is a daunting prospect because first year of university I think is much easier than Year 11 and 12," she said. "First-year courses are introductory."
Ms Derrington said it was best to get into the university you wanted and work around the different courses rather than trying to transfer from one university to another.
"You run the risk of not getting full credit for what you've done and may have to repeat certain courses," she said.
290 Southern Downs Year 12 students await final results
26,800 Queensland Year 12s waiting for an OP score
In the Darling Downs South West region, 3500 Year 12s are waiting for their results
Year 12 results to be released Saturday
OPs will be available online from Saturday