More than 18,000 Western Australian students today start their final round of tertiary entrance exams (TEE).
Education Minister Kay Hallahan, on behalf of the State Government, wished students well in their last exams before leaving school.
She urged parents of Year 12s to brace themselves for the stress and tension of the 18-day exam period.
"Students should attempt to do their best but should not despair if they feel they did not achieve a good result," she said.
"In some ways, our society places too much importance on the TEE exams when there are many other measures of success."
Mrs Hallahan said the Government had guaranteed every 1992 Year 12 school-leaver an education or training place in 1993.
"While many students will miss out on a university place, other options will be available including training through TAFE."