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All I remember was shouting at the top of my lungs “MUM, DAD.” I scared the sh*t out of them I yelled so loud. They didn’t even know why I was so ecstatic.It took so long to sink in and to just say the words: “I did it. I don’t know how but I got a 99.95 ATAR”

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The QCE System: What you need to know

For most Year 11s and 12s, their parents and tutors, the QCE is something to await with apprehension and dread. Not to mention the fact that the QLD system has recently undergone a bit of a “facelift” in 2020, so there are some important changes you need to know.

Let’s break down the Queensland Certificate of Education and what it entails, so you (whether you are a student, parent, or tutor) are ready for the rollercoaster ride that is Year 12.

What subjects do I need for my QCE/ATAR?

In the QCE system, subjects are split up into 2 categories, general and applied

  • Applied subjects can count towards QCE but only one applied subject can be used in calculation of ATAR
  • General subjects can count towards both QCE and ATAR calculation

As mentioned above, you need a minimum of 20 credits, meaning 5 general subjects, or 4 general subjects and 1 applied subject. Alternatively, some students opt to undertake a diploma or certificate during Year 11 and 12, such as the Diploma of Business, which can also contribute towards their QCE/ATAR certification.

All students must successfully complete an English subject to receive their QCE and ATAR.

For the remaining 5 or 6 subjects you select for your senior studies, there is a broad range of options available, including Maths, Science, Commerce, Arts, Humanities, Languages and more.

If you are aiming to get into a particular university course, such as Medicine, it’s crucial that you look into any subject prerequisites each university requires, as this can affect what courses you will be eligible for.

What are the assessments like?

Each subject has a unique assessment style and structure, but all subjects will have two components: internal and external assessment.

Internal assessments refer to any exams/assignments that are formulated and assessed by individual schools, which are then sent off to the QCAA (QLD’s education authority) for external confirmation. For most subjects, internal assessments comprise 75% of the total subject weighting (excluding Maths and Science subjects which are 50%).

External assessments are the big bad final exams that everyone stresses about at the end of the year. These exams are written and marked by the QCAA themselves, and usually amount to 25% of a subject’s total grade (excluding Maths and Science again, which are 50%). These invigilated exams are held in a 4-week exam period during the end of the school year. Each subject exam across the state is held at the same time so you are all in it together (couldn’t resist the high school musical reference).

The QCE ATAR system can be quite complex, and understanding what's going on can be very daunting for new students and parents. If you ever need some assistance with your ATAR, KIS Academics tutors have a thorough knowledge of the subjects and can assist in understanding curriculum requirements. Our tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for internal and external assessments. Learn about our QCE tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.

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Hi guys, I'm Elijah and I'm ready to help you or your child to excel through their education journey.

Achieving a 99.95 ATAR, 98+ subject scores (my marks were, English (98), German (98) Mathematical Methods (100), Specialist Mathematics (100), Chemistry (99), and Physics (99)), and 3120 UCAT (96th percentile), I know what study techniques and content are needed to help you and your child achieve the best results they can. Having me as your tutor, you will know that you’re in safe hands when you’re I’m your mentor.

As your tutor, I will be using my wide range of tutoring and academic experience to guide you every step of the way. I will break down complex topics into more manageable chunks, providing you with a strong foundational understanding of your subjects. This will allow you to extend yourself and understand the intricacies to come along with the STEM subjects so that you are able to achieve the best results you can. If you want an excellent tutor to help you unlock your academic potential, then look no further.

In my spare time, I play the piano and go out to exercise or play some sport with my friends when I'm not studying for university. It's my pleasure to meet you soon and start your academic journey with me.

Nishat Siddique




Hi there! My name is Nishat and I'm currently studying Pharmacy at the University of Queensland. My interest in Pharmacy comes from my love of Science. It was my favourite subject in high school and that's why I love teaching it too. I've always had a knack for learning about the complex processes and breaking them down to be reiterated in a simple manner thats easy to understand.

I know first hand that high school can sometimes feel tough and overwhelming. I like to build meaningful connecting with my students to motivate them and help them build the confidence to achieve their best. My number one goal with students is to be approachable as a tutor so I can ensure my students truly understand concepts.

Aside from working part-time as a Pharmacy Assistant, tutoring and uni, I do have some downtime where you'll probably find me playing badminton, baking or painting. Of course I'd need some good time management skills for that and I'd love to share my tips and tricks with you to assist you along your journey!

Vishaak Gangasandra




Hello, I'm very pleased to meet you and introduce myself!

I graduated in 2020 and amidst a pandemic and the challenges of being the first ATAR cohort of Queensland, received an ATAR of 99.95. Furthermore, I was awarded by the QCAA as the top student in Queensland, placing me atop roughly 50, 000 graduating students in my cohort.

I am a Vice-Chancellor's Scholar at The University of Queensland, studying to become a doctor and I represent ~40, 000 university students as an elected member of the Academic Board - having a lot of experience in the secrets and strategies to optimise your scores, but more importantly, help you achieve your goals.

When I'm not working, I love to play all sports: you name it and I have competed in it. I also love debating and help maintain a personal Bonsai collection. I'd love to get to share my experiences with you and learn more about your hobbies to best help you blend your passions with your studies.

I have the pleasure of being your mentor and I honour my position so rest assured that your performance and future is placed in the best hands.

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