VCE EXAMS NAVIGATOR 2016 - STUDENT INFORMATION AND EXAMINATION TIMETABLE - CESC

 
VCE EXAMS NAVIGATOR 2016 - STUDENT INFORMATION AND EXAMINATION TIMETABLE - CESC
VCE EXAMS
NAVIGATOR 2016
STUDENT INFORMATION AND EXAMINATION TIMETABLE

This booklet contains information on:

Approved materials and equipment
VCAA rules
Examination timetables
Special Provision

www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/vce/exams/index.aspx

                                                   VICTORIAN CURRICULUM
                                                 AND ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY
IMPORTANT
 This booklet should be read by all
 students presenting for 2016 VCE
 external assessments.
 This includes written, aural,
 electronic/digital, oral
 and performance examinations
 and the Extended Investigation
 oral presentation.

Authorised and published by the
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Level 1, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
ISBN: 978-1-925264-41-8
© Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 2016
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Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

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CONTENTS
      Glossary of terms                       4

      VCE external assessments                4

      Approved materials and equipment
      for VCE written examinations            7

      VCAA rules                              8

      2016 VCE examination timetable          9

      Advice for performance and Languages
      oral examinations and the Extended
      Investigation oral presentation        14

      Special provision                      18

      Additional information                 19

      2016 VCE results and ATAR service      20

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
VCAA                                                                          EXAMINATION CENTRE, VENUE, ROOM
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), an                  A location where VCE external assessments are held.
independent statutory body directly responsible to the Minister for
Education, serving both government and non-government schools.                RESPONSE MATERIALS
                                                                              Any designated answer book, question and answer book or
VCE EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT                                                       multiple-choice answer sheet in which the students record their
(EXAMINATION)                                                                 responses.
Any centrally set task that is assessed externally by the VCAA,
including any written, electronic/digital, oral, aural or performance         SUPERVISOR
tasks conducted to the requirements of the accredited study                   A person appointed by the principal and approved by the VCAA to
design or assessment guide (VET studies) and taken under                      act as a supervisor for VCE external assessments.
examination conditions.

VCE EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS
VCAA STUDENT NUMBER                                                           You must not begin to write or mark your paper or response
                                                                              material in any way, or use a calculator if one is permitted, until the
All response materials must be identified by your VCAA student                announcement that writing time has commenced.
number. This number, which is assigned by the VCAA, appears
                                                                              Your responses to examination questions must be entered on the
on your individual Student Examination/Assessment Timetables,
                                                                              response material as instructed. Notes and other markings made
which is supplied by your school.
                                                                              elsewhere on the response materials will not be assessed. You
                                                                              should use a blue or black pen in your responses, unless otherwise
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION                                                        instructed. Some examinations require you to complete a multiple-
When you present for a VCE external assessment your identity                  choice answer sheet. You should ensure that you use the multiple-
must be verified as you enter the examination room, either by                 choice answer sheet provided and follow the instructions printed
a staff member from your school or by producing photographic                  on the sheet.
identification (see also ‘Advice for performance and Languages                You should immediately notify the supervisor if the incorrect
oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation’           examination paper has been provided or if your examination paper
on pages 14–17).                                                              has missing pages.
                                                                              You cannot leave the examination before 30 minutes has elapsed
TIMETABLE CLASHES AND THREE                                                   from the start of writing time. An announcement will be made prior
EXAMINATIONS ON ONE DAY                                                       to the scheduled last five minutes of writing time. You cannot leave
                                                                              the examination after this announcement, until instructed to do so
You may have a timetable clash (two examinations scheduled at
                                                                              by a supervisor.
the same time) or three examinations scheduled on one day.
                                                                              You must cease writing when instructed to do so by a supervisor.
Your school should already be aware of any timetable clashes or if
                                                                              You must remain silent and must not leave your place until all
students are required to sit three examinations on one day.
                                                                              response materials have been collected. When all response
All examinations must take place on the date published in the VCE             materials have been collected, the supervisor will give the
examination timetable. If you have an examination at an alternative           direction for you to leave the room. Any disruptive behaviour by
time, you will be supervised between examinations. The VCAA will              students during the examination will be reported to the VCAA.
contact schools to advise them of the scheduling arrangements for             The matter will be investigated, and appropriate action will
individual students.                                                          be taken by the VCAA. (Refer to ‘VCAA Rules’ on page 8.)

CONDUCT OF WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS                                               BOTTLED WATER
Supervisors have the right to check materials brought by you into             You may bring bottled water into an examination
the examination room and remove any non-compliant material for                room subject to the following conditions:
the duration of the examination.
                                                                              •   The water is in a transparent plastic bottle
A suitably qualified member of the school teaching staff will check               (all labels removed).
the appropriateness of your reference materials, calculators and
                                                                              •   The water bottle has a secure lid.
dictionaries as you enter the examination room for examinations
where these items are permitted.                                              •   The capacity of the bottle is no more than
                                                                                  1500 mL.
During reading time you may study the instructions for the
examination, the question book and a dictionary or bound                      •   Water bottles must not be placed on the table
reference if these are permitted in the examination.                              at any time.
                                                                              •   Water bottles must not be refilled during
                                                                                  the examination.
                                                                              •   Water bottles must not be shared between students.

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MOBILE PHONES AND OTHER                                                         Scientific calculators
ELECTRONIC DEVICES                                                              Only scientific calculators may be used for examinations in the
                                                                                following studies:
Mobile phones and other unauthorised electronic communication
devices, such as organisers, iPods, MP3 players, electronic                     •   Accounting
dictionaries and computerised pens, stopwatches and watches                     •   Algorithmics (HESS)
that are capable of storing, receiving or transmitting information or           •   Chemistry
electronic signals, are not permitted in an examination room under
                                                                                •   Computing: Software Development
normal written examination conditions. Confiscated mobile phones
and other devices may be held for up to three months.                           •   Environmental Science
                                                                                •   Physics
WATCHES                                                                         •   Systems Engineering
You will not be permitted to wear watches of any type during a                  •   VET Engineering Studies
written examination. All watches must be removed and placed at                  •   VET Furnishing
the top of your table, where they can be seen clearly and easily by
                                                                                •   VET Hospitality
supervisors.
                                                                                •   VET Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)
Stopwatches or watches with special functions, such as an alarm
or a stopwatch, are not permitted in the examination room.                      •   VET Information and Communications Technology

If there is any doubt about the functions of your watch, supervisors            •   VET Integrated Technologies
are authorised to direct you to remove the watch from the table for             •   VET Laboratory Skills.
the duration of the examination.                                                Calculators that have graphic, symbolic or programmable
The commencement of reading and writing times will be based on                  capabilities are not permitted in these examinations.
the clock time displayed in the examination room.                               A scientific calculator may also be used in specified Mathematics
                                                                                examinations.
CALCULATORS
                                                                                Graphics calculators
In examinations where calculators are permitted, a suitably
                                                                                The following graphics calculators are approved by the VCAA for
qualified member of the school teaching staff will check the
                                                                                use in Further Mathematics Examination 1 and Examination 2 only.
appropriateness of calculators as you enter the examination room.
                                                                                The full functions of approved graphics calculators may be used
Calculators must not be used during reading time.                               (that is, memories do not have to be cleared prior to entering the
Calculators that have graphic, symbolic or programmable                         examination).
capabilities may be used in specified Mathematics examinations,
provided the model is approved.                                                  BRAND                 MODEL
Scientific calculators may be used in specified examinations.                    Casio                 FX-7300G, FX7400G, FX7400G PLUS,
A scientific calculator does not have graphic, symbolic or                                             FX7700G, FX-8500G, FX-9700G,
programming capabilities. It does not have extended memory                                             CFX-9800G, CFX-9850G,
capable of storing text and/or symbols.                                                                CFX-9850G PLUS, CFX-9850GB PLUS,
                                                                                                       CFX-9850GB PLUS-WE, CFX-9850GC,
Conditions of use
                                                                                                       FX 9860G AU, CFX-9950G,
These are the conditions under which all calculators may be used:                                      FX 9860G AU Plus
•   The calculator must be silent and of the hand-held type                      Citizen               SRP-400G
    containing its own power source. You are not permitted to take
    portable chargers into the examination room.                                 Hewlett-Packard       HP38G, HP39G, HP39G PLUS, HP39GS,
                                                                                                       HP39GII
•   You will be entirely responsible for ensuring adequate power
    supply to your calculator. You must supply your own spare                    Sharp                 EL-9200, EL-9300, EL-9400, EL-9600,
    batteries. Any technical fault or battery failure that limits the                                  EL-9650, EL-9900
    usefulness of a calculator during an examination will not be                 Texas Instruments     TI-80, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 PLUS,
    taken into consideration by the assessors.                                                         TI-83 PLUS (Silver), TI-84 PLUS,
•   You will also be responsible for ensuring that the calculator is in                                TI-84 PLUS (Silver), TI-85, TI-86
    excellent working order.
                                                                                CAS calculators
•   You may not borrow a calculator from another student after
                                                                                The following CAS calculators are approved by the VCAA for
    entering the examination room.
                                                                                use in Further Mathematics Examination 1 and Examination 2,
Other technology                                                                Mathematical Methods Examination 2 and Specialist Mathematics
                                                                                Examination 2. The full functions of approved CAS calculators
Computers, mini-computers, iPods, MP3 players, pocket-
                                                                                may be used (that is, memories do not have to be cleared prior to
organisers, laptops, palmtops, calculator models that can
                                                                                entering the examination).
‘communicate’ with other calculators and notebooks are excluded
from use in any examination, except under specified circumstances
                                                                                 BRAND                 MODEL
for which prior approval has been given by the VCAA.
                                                                                 Casio                 Algebra or ClassPad series
                                                                                 Hewlett-Packard       HP 40/48/49/50 or HP Prime series
                                                                                 Texas Instruments     TI 89/92/Voyager or TI Nspire CAS series

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Summary of examinations with approved calculators                           •   The bound reference may be:
                                                                                 –– a textbook
 EXAMINATION                        CALCULATOR                                  –– a securely bound lecture pad
 Accounting                                                                     –– a permanently bound student-constructed set of notes
 Algorithmics (HESS)                                                               without fold-outs
 Chemistry                                                                      –– an exercise book.
 Computing: Software                                                        •   The form of binding is not specified but it must be secure,
 Development
                                                                                and pages must not be readily detachable or designed to be
 Environmental Science                                                          removed. Binding can include cloth, glue, staple, spiral or
 Physics                                                                        comb binding.
 Systems Engineering
 VET Engineering Studies            Scientific calculator only
                                                                            You are allowed to:
 VET Furnishing                                                             •   consult your bound reference during reading time and
 VET Hospitality                                                                throughout the examination
 VET Hospitality                                                            •   annotate the material
 (Kitchen Operations)                                                       •   design your own written index
 VET Information and                                                        •   fold pages
 Communications Technology
                                                                            •   cut page corners
 VET Integrated Technologies
 VET Laboratory Skills                                                      •   colour code pages
                                                                            •   insert dividers into your own sets of notes
 Further Mathematics                Approved graphics calculator
                                                                            •   firmly attach additional material to pages in the bound
 Examinations 1 and 2               or approved CAS calculator
                                                                                reference (for example, by glue, adhesive tape or staples).
                                    or CAS software for approved
                                    schools only                            Your bound reference must not include:
                                    A scientific calculator is also         •   pages or parts of pages that can be detached from the bound
                                    permitted                                   reference during the examination
 Mathematical Methods               Approved CAS calculator or              •   fold-outs, maps or brochure-style components
 Examination 2                      CAS software for approved               •   removable tabs, post-it notes or other pages or material
 Specialist Mathematics             schools only                                designed to be detached
 Examination 2                      A scientific calculator is also         •   forms of collation/binding that are designed to be non-
                                    permitted                                   permanent and the content modified by insertion including:
                                                                                –– ring-binder folders
MATHEMATICS EXAMINATIONS:                                                       –– plastic A4 sleeves (permanent or removable) from which
USE OF BOUND REFERENCES                                                            pages may be removed
You are permitted to take a bound reference into designated                     –– manila and similar folders with clip, clamp, slide and metal-
Mathematics examinations. This resource is intended to provide                     prong binding of loose-leaf material.
you with access to mathematics-related reference material that              If any page or part of a page is detached from the rest of the
may be of assistance during the examination. A suitably qualified           bound reference, the page will be removed by the supervisor for
member of the school teaching staff will check the appropriateness          the duration of the examination and the incident will be reported as
of reference materials as you enter the examination room for                a potential breach of rules.
Mathematics examinations where these items are permitted.
                                                                            Bound references must not be shared between students during
If your school receives written approval from the VCAA to use               an examination. For further information contact the VCAA on
approved CAS software, you are permitted to have stored files               (03) 9225 2349.
on a CD-ROM, DVD or USB or use a bound reference to access
reference materials.                                                        DICTIONARIES
The following table summarises the examinations into which the
                                                                            A suitably qualified member of the school teaching staff will check
bound reference may be taken.
                                                                            the appropriateness of dictionaries as you enter the examination
 STUDY                  EXAMINATION 1           EXAMINATION 2               room.

 Further                Bound reference as      Bound reference as          •   Dictionaries are only allowed in English, English as
 Mathematics            described               described                       an Additional Language (EAL) and Languages written
                                                                                examinations.
 Mathematical                                   Bound reference as
                        None                                                •   Dictionaries may be consulted during reading time and
 Methods                                        described
                                                                                throughout the examination.
 Specialist                                     Bound reference as          •   In the English and EAL examinations, you may use a printed
                        None
 Mathematics                                    described                       English and/or bilingual dictionary.
Specifications for bound reference                                          •   In the written component of Languages examinations, you may
                                                                                use any printed monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary in one
•   The bound reference must be in book format of A4 size or
                                                                                or two separate volumes.
    smaller when closed.
                                                                            •   Dictionaries must not contain any highlighting, annotation or
•   The number of pages is not specified.
                                                                                tabs that are not part of the original publication.
•   Pages must be permanently bound and securely attached to                •   A thesaurus or a dictionary that contains a thesaurus in the
    the spine.                                                                  same volume is not permitted in any examination.
•   There must be a single horizontal or vertical spine.                    •   Dictionaries may not be shared between students during an
                                                                                examination.
                                                                            •   Electronic dictionaries are not permitted in any examination.
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APPROVED
MATERIALS AND
EQUIPMENT FOR
VCE WRITTEN                                                                                              APPROVED MATERIALS

EXAMINATIONS                                                               EXAMINATION

                                                                           Geography
                                                                                                         AND EQUIPMENT
                                                                                                         • coloured pencils, water-based
Supervisors have the right to check material brought by you into                                           pens and markers
the examination room and remove any non-compliant material for             Languages Examinations        • any printed monolingual and/
the duration of the examination.                                                                           or bilingual dictionary in one or
A suitably qualified member of the school teaching staff will                                              two separate volumes
check the appropriateness of reference materials, calculators and
dictionaries as you enter the examination room for examinations            Mathematical Methods          • one approved CAS calculator
where these items are permitted.                                           Examination 2                   or CAS software and one
                                                                                                           scientific calculator
Basic stationery                                                                                         • one bound reference that may
You are permitted to bring basic stationery items into any written                                         be annotated (see page 6)
examination. This includes pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers,                                         • protractor, set square and aids
sharpeners and rulers.                                                                                     for curve sketching
Pencil cases can only be brought into the examination room if they         Music Performance             • pencil should be used for
are transparent, i.e. the contents are visible to the supervisor.                                          musical notation
Basic stationery items do not include aids for curve sketching,            Physics                       • one scientific calculator
Mathomat, MathAids or geometrical drawing instruments such as                                            • one folded A3 sheet or two A4
compasses, set squares and protractors.                                                                    sheets bound together by tape,
Correction fluid/tape and loose sheets of paper are not allowed in                                         single or double-sided. Notes
any examination.                                                                                           may be typed or handwritten
For some examinations, you are permitted to bring additional                                               and from any source (including
specific materials into the examination, as follows.                                                       commercially available notes).
                                                                           Product Design and            • coloured pencils, water-based
                                                                           Technology                      pens and markers
                                                                           Specialist Mathematics        • one approved CAS calculator
                                                                           Examination 2                   or CAS software and one
                                 APPROVED MATERIALS
 EXAMINATION                                                                                               scientific calculator
                                 AND EQUIPMENT
                                                                                                         • one bound reference that may
 Examinations with a             • pencil and eraser                                                       be annotated (see page 6)
 multiple-choice component                                                                               • protractor, set square and aids
 Accounting                      • pencil should be used where                                             for curve sketching
                                   calculations are required               Systems Engineering           • one scientific calculator
                                 • one scientific calculator
                                                                           Theatre Studies               • coloured pencils, water-based
 Algorithmics (HESS)             • one scientific calculator
                                                                                                           pens and markers, protractors,
 Chemistry                       • one scientific calculator                                               compass, set squares and aids
                                                                                                           for curve sketching
 Computing: Software             • one scientific calculator
 Development                                                               VET Engineering Studies       • protractor, set square and aids
                                                                                                           for curve sketching
 English                         • an English and/or bilingual
                                                                                                         • one scientific calculator
                                   printed dictionary
 English as an Additional        • an English and/or bilingual             VET Furnishing                • one scientific calculator
 Language (EAL)                    printed dictionary                      VET Hospitality               • one scientific calculator
 Environmental Science           • one scientific calculator               VET Hospitality (Kitchen      • one scientific calculator
 Further Mathematics             • one approved graphics or CAS            Operations)
 Examination 1                     calculator or CAS software and          VET Information and           • one scientific calculator
                                   one scientific calculator               Communications Technology
                                 • one bound reference that may            VET Integrated Technologies   • one scientific calculator
                                   be annotated (see page 6)
                                                                           VET Laboratory Skills         • one scientific calculator
 Further Mathematics             • one approved graphics or CAS
 Examination 2                     calculator or CAS software and          Visual Communication          • coloured pencils, water-based
                                   one scientific calculator               Design                          pens and markers, set squares,
                                 • one bound reference that may                                            protractors, compasses and
                                   be annotated (see page 6)                                               circle and ellipse templates

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VCAA RULES
You are required to observe the following rules for the conduct              Reported breaches of VCAA rules may be referred to the VCAA
of VCE external assessments conducted by or on behalf of the                 Review Committee, which will consider the alleged breach and
VCAA, as well as the day-to-day rules of your school and of the              determine any appropriate penalty. Possible penalties include
examination centre.                                                          a reprimand through to cancellation of all your grades for
VCAA rules shall apply to students with disabilities or other                examinations and other assessments conducted by the VCAA
impairments, with such modifications as may be appropriate and               during the year in which the contravention occurred or the
reasonable.                                                                  assessment was obtained, including cancellation of the course.
All supervisors are issued with directions for the administration of
VCE external assessments and are required to report all alleged
breaches of these rules to the VCAA.

VCAA RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF VCE EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS
 1.   Students must not cheat or assist other students to cheat.             12. Students must not cause any nuisance, annoyance or
                                                                                 interference to any other student during a VCE external
 2.   Students must not take any action that gives or attempts to                assessment.
      give them or another student an unfair advantage in a VCE
      external assessment.                                                   13. Students must not remove or tear out any part of a bound
                                                                                 reference, question/task book, question and answer book or
 3.   Students must not allow, induce or assist any other person to              answer book, except where permitted, for example formula
      present for a VCE external assessment in their place.                      sheets.

 4.   Students must not present for a VCE external assessment in             14. Students must not remove any response material, used or
      another student’s place.                                                   unused, from the examination room.

 5.   Students must not present for a VCE external assessment                15. Students must not begin to write or mark their paper or
      under the influence of alcohol or drugs.                                   response material in any way, or use a calculator, until
                                                                                 advised by a supervisor that writing may commence.
 6.   Students must obey and observe all proper instructions or
      directions given by their supervisor.                                  16. Students must raise their hand if they wish to communicate
                                                                                 with a supervisor.
 7.   Students attending a VCE external assessment may bring
      only materials and equipment approved for that VCE external            17. Students must not leave their place until permitted by a
      assessment into the examination room.                                      supervisor.

 8.   Students must not possess mobile phones and electronic                 18. Students will not be permitted to leave the VCE external
      devices that are capable of storing, receiving or transmitting             assessment before 30 minutes have elapsed from the start of
      information or electronic signals, such as recorded music                  writing time.
      and video players, organisers, dictionaries and computerised
      watches, during a VCE external assessment.                             19. Students will not be permitted to leave in the last five minutes
                                                                                 of the VCE external assessment.
 9.   Students detected with any device defined in Rule 8 must,
      upon the direction of a supervisor, surrender that device for          20. Students must cease writing when instructed to do so by a
      inspection. Any confiscated device will be retained, pending               supervisor.
      any investigation into an alleged breach of VCAA rules.
                                                                             21. Students must remain silent and seated in their place at the
10. Students must not bring into or possess in the examination                   end of the VCE external assessment until response materials
    room any drinks or food except under special circumstances                   have been collected and checked, and an announcement is
    as approved and directed by the VCAA. Bottled water                          made permitting students to leave the examination room.
    is permitted in the examination room under approved
    conditions.                                                              22. Students must not communicate with an assessor, before,
                                                                                 during or after a VCE external assessment, except when
11. Students must not communicate with any other student while                   communication is necessary for the conduct of the
    the VCE external assessment is being conducted.                              assessment.

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2016 VCE
      EXAMINATION
      TIMETABLE
       PULL-OUT POSTER

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      This timetable is also available on the VCAA website:
      www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/vce/exams/timetable.aspx
2016 VCE EXAMINATION TIMETABLE
You must check the starting time of each                The start time for the afternoon session on        If you are presenting for performance                    The following written examinations have
examination and arrive at least 30 minutes              all other days when three sessions are             examinations, Languages examinations                     an audio component: Music Style and
earlier, and be familiar with rules about late          scheduled is 3.00pm.                               oral component or the Extended Investigation             Composition, Music Performance, VET Music
admission to examinations.                                                                                 oral presentation, you will be issued with an            Technical Production and all Languages
                                                        The reading period is included in the times        examination advice slip. Photo identification            except Indigenous Languages of Victoria,
The start time for the afternoon session                shown in the timetable. Each examination           and examination advice slips must be presented           Classical Greek, Classical Hebrew and Latin.
on Thursday 27 October, Friday 28 October,              commences with a 15-minute reading period          for entry to your assessment. In some cases,
Tuesday 8 November and Wednesday                        unless otherwise specified.                        students in regional and rural areas may be
9 November (when only two sessions are                                                                     required to attend venues in Melbourne.
scheduled) is 2.00pm.                                   All written responses must be in English, unless
                                                        otherwise instructed in the question book for
                                                        that particular examination.

                                                                                                            Monday           9.00am – 10.45am               11.45am – 2.00pm            3.00pm – 5.15pm
 Tuesday            10.00am – 1.15pm                                                                        31 October       Further Mathematics            Indigenous Languages        Algorithmics (HESS)
 7 June             General Achievement Test (GAT)                                                                           Examination 2                  of Victoria                 Business Management
                                                                                                                                                            Japanese First Language
 Wednesday          10.00am – 11.10am
                                                                                                            Tuesday
 3 August           Extended Investigation: Critical Thinking Test (computer-based)                                                                   Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
                                                                                                            1 November

                                                                                                            Wednesday        9.00am – 10.15am               11.45am – 1.30pm            3.00pm – 5.15pm
 Monday             Languages examinations                    Performance examinations:
                                                                                                            2 November       Mathematical Methods           Dance                       Music Style and
 3 October to       oral component                            Dance
                                                                                                                             Examination 1                                              Composition
 Tuesday            (except Classical Greek,                                                                                                                VET Business
                                                              VET Dance
 25 October         Classical Hebrew, Indigenous                                                                                                            VET Hospitality (Kitchen    Philosophy
                                                              Drama: Solo
                    Languages of Victoria and Latin).                                                                                                       Operations)                 Physical Education
                                                              Theatre Studies:
                                                                                                                                                            VET Information and
                                                              Stagecraft Examination
                                                                                                                                                            Communications
                    Students will be notified of dates, times and locations via advice slips                                                                Technology
                    from Monday 1 August.                                                                                                                   VET Music – Technical
                                                                                                                                                            Production
 Monday             Performance examinations:
                                                                                                            Thursday         9.00am – 10.45am               11.45am – 2.00pm            3.00pm – 5.15pm
 3 October to       Music Investigation
 Sunday                                                                                                     3 November       Drama                          Mathematical Methods        Australian Politics
                    Music Performance
 30 October                                                                                                                  Product Design                 Examination 2               Health and Human
                    VET Music
                                                                                                                             and Technology                                             Development
                    Students will be notified of dates, times and locations via advice slips
                                                                                                                             VET Equine Studies
                    from Monday 1 August.
                                                                                                            Friday           9.00am – 10.15am               11.45am – 2.00pm            3.00pm – 5.15pm
 Monday        Extended Investigation Externally-assessed Task oral presentation                            4 November       Specialist Mathematics         Literature                  Accounting
 10 October to Students will be notified of dates, times and locations via advice slips                                      Examination 1                                              Sociology
 Friday        from Monday 1 August.                                                                                                                                                    VET Interactive Digital
 14 October                                                                                                                                                                             Media (computer-based)
Tuesday      1.55pm – 5.00pm                                                                Monday        9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
18 October   Classical Greek                                                                7 November    Art                       Outdoor and                   History: Revolutions
             This examination commences with a 5-minute reading period.                                   Music Performance         Environmental Studies
                                                                                                          VET Sport                 Specialist Mathematics
Wednesday    2.00pm – 4.40pm
                                                                                                          and Recreation            Examination 2
19 October   Armenian, Bosnian, Chin Hakha, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi,
             Hungarian, Khmer, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi,   Tuesday       9.00am – 11.45am                        2.00pm – 3.45pm
             Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian,       8 November    Chemistry                               Visual Communication Design
             Yiddish
             Each examination commences with a 10-minute reading period.                    Wednesday     9.00am – 11.45am                        2.00pm – 4.15pm
                                                                                            9 November    Physics                                 Legal Studies
             2.00pm – 4.15pm
             Arabic, Korean First Language, Korean Second Language                          Thursday      9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
             Each examination commences with a 15-minute reading period.                    10 November   Agricultural and          Computing: Software           English Language
                                                                                                          Horticultural Studies     Development
             8.00am – 6.00pm
                                                                                                          Studio Arts               History: Australian
             Auslan Sign Comprehension and Sign Production Examination                                                              History
                                                                                                          VET Hospitality
             Students are scheduled in one two-hour session. Each session is preceded by                                            Texts and Traditions
                                                                                                          VET Integrated
             10 minutes of reading/viewing time.
                                                                                                          Technologies

Wednesday    9.00am – 12.15pm                                                               Friday        9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
26 October   English                                                                        11 November   Food and Technology       Classical Studies             Geography
             English as an Additional Language (EAL)                                                      VET Community             Computing: Informatics        History: Ancient History
                                                                                                          Services                  Environmental Science
Thursday     9.00am – 11.45am                          2.00pm – 4.15pm
27 October                                                                                                VET Furnishing
             Psychology                                Economics

                                                       1.55pm – 5.00pm                      Monday        9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
                                                       Classical Hebrew                     14 November   Systems Engineering       Chinese                       Latin
                                                       This examination commences                                                   First Language                Media
                                                       with a 5-minute reading period.                                              Global Politics
Friday       9.00am – 11.45am                          2.00pm – 3.45pm                                                              Greek
28 October   Biology                                   Further Mathematics Examination 1                                            Industry and Enterprise
                                                                                                                                    Religion and Society

                                                                                            Tuesday       9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
                                                                                            15 November   Theatre Studies           German                        French
                                                                                                          VET Engineering Studies   Spanish
                                                                                                                                    Vietnamese

                                                                                            Wednesday     9.00am – 10.45am          11.45am – 2.00pm              3.00pm – 5.15pm
                                                                                            16 November   VET Laboratory Skills     Indonesian                    Chinese
                                                                                                                                    First Language                Second Language
                                                                                                                                    Indonesian                    Chinese
                                                                                                                                    Second Language               Second Language
                                                                                                                                    Japanese                      Advanced
                                                                                                                                    Second Language               Italian
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IF YOU ARRIVE LATE FOR A VCE EXAMINATION                                               IRREGULARITIES
If you arrive late for a VCE written examination:                                      Irregularities are events that significantly interrupt and adversely
 a.        up to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of writing time, you             impact your performance immediately before or during a VCE
           will be admitted to the examination room. You will be given                 external assessment, and that are outside your control. Examples
           the full writing time but no allowance for reading time.                    of events that can occur are:
                                                                                       •   power failures, emergency evacuations and other disruptive
 b.        after 30 minutes from the scheduled start of writing time,                      events
           but before the scheduled finish of writing time, you may be
                                                                                       •   printing and/or collating errors in examination question books
           admitted only if all the following conditions are met:
                                                                                       •   excessive noise/interference
      i.     The principal of the host school, or the principal’s delegate,            •   incorrect interpretation of external assessment conditions or
             recommends your admittance.                                                   VCAA rules by supervisors
      ii. You are admitted into the room on the understanding                          •   procedural issues with the conduct of oral and performance
          that your response materials may not be accepted by                              examinations or the Extended Investigation oral presentation.
          the VCAA. You will be advised of this condition and must
                                                                                       Where reasonably possible and practical, minor disruptions will be
          sign acceptance of this requirement on the Statutory
                                                                                       rectified and remedied at the time by the supervisor, for example,
          Declaration.
                                                                                       by replacing faulty books.
      iii. You complete a statutory declaration immediately following
                                                                                       If you believe that an event constitutes an irregularity that has
           the conclusion of the examination declaring:
                                                                                       materially affected your performance in the external assessment,
              –– the reason for being late                                             you must advise your principal (or principal’s delegate) in writing
              –– the time of your admittance to the examination room                   within three days of the end of the external assessment.
              –– you have not seen or read the examination question
                 book prior to their admittance
              –– you have not received any information about the
                 contents of the examination question book
              –– you understand that your response materials may not be
                 accepted by the VCAA.
      iv. That appropriate arrangements can be made to enable you
          to complete the examination without disruption to other
          students.
           You will be given the full writing time but no allowance for
           reading time.
If you arrive late for a performance or Languages oral examination
or Extended Investigation oral presentation, you may have your
assessment rescheduled to an alternative time, provided you have
a valid reason for the lateness, which must be endorsed by your
home school.

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ADVICE FOR PERFORMANCE AND
LANGUAGES ORAL EXAMINATIONS
AND THE EXTENDED INVESTIGATION
ORAL PRESENTATION
DATE AND TIME OF ASSESSMENT                                                      Oral examination for Chinese, Korean,
                                                                                 Indonesian and Japanese First Languages
Dates and venue information for performance and Languages oral
examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation                    Description of task
will be available to schools on the Victorian Assessment Software                Section 1: Presentation (approximately 5 minutes)
System (VASS) from Monday 1 August.                                              You will present an issue relating to the option selected for detailed
                                                                                 study (Language and Culture through Literature and the Arts).
VCAA FORMS                                                                       You may support your presentation with objects such as
You should contact your VCE coordinator to obtain VCAA                           photographs, diagrams, maps and brief speaker’s notes.
forms such as examination advice slips, information booklets,                    Speaker’s notes must be in point form on one side of a cue card no
Performance Examination Program Sheets, Statements of                            more than 20 cm x 12.5 cm.
Intention, Industry Statements, Framing Statements, Focus
                                                                                 Section 2: Discussion (approximately 5 minutes)
Statements and Statements of Expressive Intention. These
documents are only available on VASS.                                            A discussion between you and the assessors will focus on aspects
                                                                                 of the nominated issue.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION                                                           For further information refer to the relevant language on the VCAA
                                                                                 website: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/vce/index.aspx
If you are undertaking a performance examination, an oral
examination or an oral presentation you will be required to provide
                                                                                 AUSLAN INTERACTIVE SIGN EXAMINATION
personal identification prior to entering the assessment room.
The personal identification must consist of a clear photograph of                Conditions
you and your full name, for example a school ID card or a driver’s               •   The examination will be conducted by three assessors (one
licence.                                                                             assessor conducts the examination while the other two
You should not wear school uniform.                                                  assess).
                                                                                 •   You will sign your student number.
Examination advice slip
                                                                                 •   Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not
Two copies of the examination advice slip must be presented to a
                                                                                     permitted.
venue coordinator on arrival at the assessment venue. One copy
will be retained by the venue coordinator; the other you will present            Description of task
to the assessor immediately before the commencement of your                      Section 1: Conversation and discussion (approximately 7 minutes)
assessment.                                                                      A conversation between you and one assessor will cover topics of
                                                                                 your personal world. It will be followed by an informal discussion
LANGUAGES ORAL COMPONENT                                                         on one or more of these areas.
Conditions                                                                       Section 2: Presentation and response (approximately 8 minutes)
•   The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.                     Following the conversation and discussion you will indicate to
•   The oral examination will be conducted in the language being                 the assessors the topic chosen for presentation and response
    assessed. However, students will provide their student number                from your area of interest. You may support your presentation
    in English.                                                                  (3 minutes) and response (5 minutes) with objects such as
                                                                                 photographs, diagrams and maps.
•   Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not
    permitted.                                                                   Notes and cue cards are not permitted.
                                                                                 Following the presentation you will respond to questions raised by
Oral examination for second languages                                            the assessors.
Description of task                                                              For further information refer to Auslan on the VCAA website:
Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)                                www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/vce/index.aspx
A conversation between you and two assessors will cover
topics about your personal world.                                                DANCE*
Section 2: Discussion (approximately 8 minutes)                                  Description of task
A discussion will focus on the subtopic chosen for your                          You are required to present two solo dance works (Technique Solo
detailed study.                                                                  followed by Composition Solo).
You may support your discussion with objects such as                             Time
photographs, diagrams and maps.                                                  Duration of each dance is between 2½ and 5 minutes. The two
Notes and cue cards are not permitted.                                           dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

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You must provide the following document at your examination:                   •    Additional props, if required, must be carried into the
•   Statement of Expressive Intention (three copies).                               examination room, and set up and removed at the end of the
                                                                                    examination by you within the allotted time.
Conditions
                                                                               •    You are not permitted to bring any objects or substances
•   The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that
                                                                                    deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination
    provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
                                                                                    venue.
•   A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
                                                                               •    Actual and imitation weapons are prohibited. The use of such
•   A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input                        items is not permitted in the performance.
    lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for
                                                                               For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
    students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection
                                                                               edu.au/Documents/exams/drama/2016/2016dramasoloperf-p.pdf
    to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted. You may
    also prepare an audio cassette of your recorded music/
    soundscapes as a back-up. It is not possible for you to perform
                                                                               THEATRE STUDIES
    to live accompaniment.                                                     Description of task
•   Another student will be permitted in the examination room to               You will use stagecraft to interpret a prescribed monologue
    operate the sound system if required.                                      from the current VCE Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination
For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.               document.
edu.au/documents/exams/dance/danceperf-specs-crit-w.pdf                        For the interpretation stage of the examination, students will
                                                                               choose either:
VET DANCE*                                                                     •    Acting and Direction
Description of task                                                            or
You are required to perform two solo dances learnt from the                    •    Design – any two of make-up, costume, set pieces,
dance repertoire of a choreographer/teacher. Each solo dance                        properties, sound.
should be presented as a single live uninterrupted performance                 The examination will be conducted in three stages:
in a distinct style.
                                                                               •    Framing Statement
Time
                                                                               •    Monologue Interpretation
Duration of each dance is between 2 and 5 minutes.
                                                                               •    questions
The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.
                                                                               The three stages of the stagecraft examination will be assessed
You must provide the following documents at your examination:                  against common criteria and stagecraft-specific criteria, and a total
•   Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement                           mark will be awarded.
    (three copies).                                                            Time
Conditions                                                                     There will be 12 minutes for the entire examination.
•   The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that                     You will spend:
    provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
                                                                               •    no more than 2 minutes presenting the Framing Statement
•   A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
                                                                               •    no more than 5 minutes presenting the Monologue
•   A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input                        Interpretation
    lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for
                                                                               •    no more than 2 minutes for the question stage of the
    students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection
                                                                                    examination.
    to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted. You may
    also prepare an audio cassette of your recorded music/                     The remaining 3 minutes will be used for your entry to and exit
    soundscapes as a back-up. It is not possible for you to perform            from the examination room, and transition time between the three
    to live accompaniment.                                                     stages of the examination.
•   Another student will be permitted in the examination room to               You must provide the following document at the end of your
    operate the sound system if required.                                      examination:
For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.               •    Framing Statement (one copy).
edu.au/documents/exams/vetdance/vetdanceperf-spec-crit-w.pdf                   Conditions
                                                                               •    Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for you to
DRAMA                                                                               use if you wish. A table will not be provided.
Description of task                                                            •    Additional props, if required, must be carried into the
You are required to prepare a solo performance using one of the                     examination room, set up and removed at the end of the
prescribed structures published on the Drama curriculum webpage                     examination by you within the allotted time.
under Assessment.                                                              •    You are not permitted to bring any objects or substances
Time                                                                                deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination
                                                                                    venue.
You present a single uninterrupted performance with a maximum
time of 7 minutes. Each student is allocated a total of 10 minutes             •    Actual or imitation weapons are prohibited. The use of such
for preparation, performance and clearing the examination room.                     items is not permitted in the performance.

You must provide the following document at your examination:                   •    The use of multimedia, including a data projector or folios, will
                                                                                    not be permitted in the stagecraft examination.
•   Statement of Intention (three copies).
                                                                               For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
Conditions
                                                                               edu.au/Documents/exams/theatre/2016/2016ts-stagecraft-p.pdf
Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for you to use
in the performance if you wish. A table will not be provided.

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MUSIC INVESTIGATION*                                                              •    If you are performing accompanied works, you must provide
                                                                                       your own accompanist.
You will present a live performance in one of the following contexts:
                                                                                  •    The sound volume during the examination must be within the
•    as a member of a group                                                            limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The
or                                                                                     examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume
•    as a soloist.                                                                     of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
Description of task                                                               •    Sheet music may be used, except for Voice – Classical and
                                                                                       Voice – Contemporary Popular.
You will present a live performance of at least four contrasting
works that relate to the Focus Area that underpins your study in                  •    Page turners are not permitted.
Units 3 and 4. You must complete a Focus Statement outlining                      For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
your Focus Area and the relationship of the selected performance                  edu.au/documents/exams/music/mus-invest-specs-crit-w.pdf
program to this area. At least one work in the program must be
selected from either the current Prescribed List of Group Works                   MUSIC PERFORMANCE*
or the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works as published on the
                                                                                  You will present a live performance in one of the following contexts:
VCAA website.
                                                                                  •    as a member of a group
You must provide the following documents at your examination:
                                                                                  or
•    Performance Examination Program Sheet and Focus
     Statement.                                                                   •    as a soloist.
                                                                                  You must provide the following document at your examination:
Group students
                                                                                  •    Performance Examination Program Sheet.
Time
•    One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes                               Group students
•    Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes                     Description of task
•    Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes                             You will present a live performance of at least four contrasting
                                                                                  works that represent a range of styles and diversity of character.
•    Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.
                                                                                  At least two works in the program must be selected from the
Conditions                                                                        Prescribed List of Group Works published on the VCAA website.
•    Assessed performers may change instruments during the                        Time
     examination. You will be assessed on all instruments (including
                                                                                  •    One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes
     voice) on which you perform during an examination.
                                                                                  •    Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes
•    Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in
     which they perform before participating in other groups as non-              •    Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes
     assessed performers.                                                         •    Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.
•    There should only be one performer per musical part to                       Conditions
     ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly                 •    Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all
     identified.                                                                       instruments (including voice) on which they perform during an
•    The sound volume during the examination must be within the                        examination.
     limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The            •    Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in
     examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume                       which they perform before participating in other groups as non-
     of the performance to be at dangerous levels.                                     assessed performers.
•    Sheet music may be used.                                                     •    There should only be one performer per musical part to
•    Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.                         ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly
•    A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up                       identified.
     and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other                       •    The sound volume during the examination must be within the
     personnel may assist in this activity.                                            limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The
                                                                                       examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume
Solo students
                                                                                       of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
Time                                                                              •    You may use any equipment normally used by the group.
Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from                          No electronic mixing or adjusting of the sound by a person
the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the                            other than a student performer will be allowed during the
candidate number, instrument, date, time and venue.                                    performance.
Conditions                                                                        •    Sheet music may be used.
•    Different accompanists may accompany different works in the                  •    Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.
     program.                                                                     •    A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up
                                                                                       and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other
                                                                                       personnel may assist in this activity.

                                                                         – 16 –
Solo students                                                                    You must provide the following documents at your examination:
Description of task                                                              •   Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement.
You will present a live performance of works selected from the                   Conditions
Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works published on the VCAA                      •   Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all
website. Details of examination and program requirements                             instruments (including voice) on which they perform during the
specific to each instrument, including the number of works to be                     examination.
performed, are published in the prescribed list.                                 •   The sound volume during the examination must be within the
Time                                                                                 limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The
Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from                        examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume
the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the                          of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
candidate number, instrument, date, time and venue.                              •   You must bring your own instrument/s to the performance. An
Conditions                                                                           acoustic piano will be provided if required. All other equipment,
                                                                                     including PA systems, amplifiers and music stands, must be
•   Students presenting for assessment may only be assessed in
                                                                                     provided by you.
    one examination.
                                                                                 For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
•   Assessed performers may change instruments during the
                                                                                 edu.au/documents/exams/vetmusic/vet-musperf-specs-crit-w.pdf
    examination in accordance with requirements for selected
    instruments.
                                                                                 EXTENDED INVESTIGATION ORAL
•   The sound volume during the examination must be within the
    limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The            PRESENTATION
    examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume                  Conditions
    of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
                                                                                 •   The oral presentation will be assessed by two assessors.
•   If you are performing accompanied works, you must provide
                                                                                 •   Students may use presentation software and/or posters.
    your own accompanist.
                                                                                     Speaker notes are permitted.
•   Only one accompanist is permitted in the examination room at
                                                                                 •   No additional electronic media are permitted (for example,
    a time. Recorded accompaniments (backing tracks) may only
                                                                                     sound and video files).
    be used as indicated in the prescribed list.
                                                                                 •   No additional props are permitted (for example, laboratory
•   You should tune your own instrument without assistance from
                                                                                     equipment, costumes, scientific models or simulations).
    any other person.
                                                                                 Description of task
•   You may use sheet music, except in the case of Voice –
    Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular, where the                        You will present your research and investigation findings to the
    complete program must be sung from memory.                                   panel of assessors, and respond to questions and challenges from
                                                                                 the panel.
•   Page turners are not permitted.
                                                                                 •   The oral presentation, including the student response to panel
For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
                                                                                     questions and challenges, will be of 15–20 minutes total
edu.au/documents/exams/music/musicperf-specs-crit-w.pdf
                                                                                     duration.
                                                                                 •   The oral presentation component will be 7−10 minutes.
VET MUSIC*
                                                                                 •   The panel questions and student responses will be 8−10
Description of task                                                                  minutes.
You will present a live performance, either as a single performer                •   If you intend to use them, you must provide the following
(as a solo performance or as the only assessed performer within                      materials:
a music group), or in a music group of between two and 10
                                                                                     –– any presentation software and/or posters, speaker notes as
performers.
                                                                                        permitted.
Time
                                                                                 For further information refer to the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.
•   Solo performance – 25 minutes                                                edu.au/pages/vce/studies/extendedinvestigation/index.aspx
•   Single performer being assessed within a group – 25 minutes
•   Two or three performers being assessed within a group – 30                   * Works presented for assessment in one VCE/VET Music
    minutes                                                                         study cannot be presented for assessment in another VCE/VET
•   Four or five performers being assessed within a group – 35                      Music study.
    minutes
•   Six performers (maximum) being assessed within a group – 45
    minutes
•   A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up
    and complete any required sound-check/warm-up activities.

                                                                        – 17 –
SPECIAL PROVISION
There are two types of Special Provision available to you for VCE               Attendance at VCE external assessments
external assessments:
                                                                                You are advised to attend every VCE external assessment if at
•   Special Examination Arrangements                                            all possible. You should not miss an external assessment merely
•   a Derived Examination Score (DES).                                          because you do not feel able to do your best.
                                                                                If you do not attend an external assessment and your application
SPECIAL EXAMINATION ARRANGEMENTS                                                for a DES is not approved, you will receive ‘NA’ for that external
The VCAA recognises that some students with an illness or                       assessment. The VCAA does not expect you to attend an external
disability may require Special Examination Arrangements to enable               assessment against medical advice, but you must still meet the
them to access questions and communicate their responses in an                  DES eligibility requirements and have a definitive written statement
external assessment.                                                            from an independent health professional recommending non-
                                                                                attendance at the external assessment. You must have consulted
The VCAA makes the decision on applications for Special                         this professional as close as possible to the day before the external
Examination Arrangements for all VCE external assessments,                      assessment, or on the same day as the external assessment,
which includes the GAT, all VCE examinations and the Extended                   about your diagnosis and inability to attend.
Investigation Critical Thinking Test and oral presentation.
Schools are responsible for submitting an application for Special               If you are prevented from attending an external assessment, it
Examination Arrangements on behalf of their students.                           is imperative that you notify your principal or VCE coordinator
                                                                                immediately.
All applications for 2016 VCE external assessments associated
with long-term or chronic conditions should already have been                   If you are ill but able to attend the external assessment, you should
submitted to the VCAA and a decision communicated to the                        inform the VCE coordinator of your condition as soon as possible
student’s school.                                                               (before or after) the external assessment. If you are ill during the
                                                                                external assessment, you should inform the supervisor.
If you have a recently diagnosed condition and believe you might
be eligible for Special Examination Arrangements, you must                      Closing date for DES applications
discuss this initially with your VCE coordinator. The school may                The VCAA must receive your DES application no later than
then submit a late application, which must include the appropriate              seven days after your last external assessment in the relevant
supporting documentation.                                                       assessment period. Your individual Student Examination/
Students who have been granted EAL status on the basis of                       Assessment Timetable contains the DES closing dates.
unfamiliarity with the English language are not eligible for Special            Please note that there are individual closing dates for oral,
Examination Arrangements on this basis alone, unless they qualify               performance and written examinations.
for EAL status because of a hearing impairment.
                                                                                How to make an application
EMERGENCY SPECIAL EXAMINATION                                                   If you believe you are eligible for a DES, you should first seek
ARRANGEMENTS                                                                    advice from your school.

Applications for emergency Special Examination Arrangements                     Specific details on how to complete each section of the DES
may be submitted by schools if a student experiences a sudden                   application are provided on the form.
illness, accident or personal trauma immediately before or during               It is very important that you read and follow these instructions
the relevant assessment period. These applications must be                      carefully. Submitting an incomplete application may jeopardise the
supported by appropriate evidence.                                              chances of the application being approved.

                                                                                Submitting your application
DERIVED EXAMINATION SCORE (DES)
                                                                                The primary responsibility for submitting an application that meets
If you are significantly affected by the onset of an illness, or the            all eligibility criteria rests with you.
occurrence of an injury or personal trauma at the time of your VCE
                                                                                You should submit your application to your home school
external assessments, you may be eligible for a DES.
                                                                                principal. The principal will consider the application and make a
You must have independent professional evidence to support any                  recommendation to the VCAA at their discretion.
DES application.
                                                                                The VCAA reserves the right to contact the school when
You cannot submit a DES application on the basis of:                            statements involving the school need to be verified.
•   unfamiliarity with the English language
                                                                                Compassionate Late Withdrawal or Interrupted Studies
•   teacher absence or other teacher-related difficulties
                                                                                If an illness or personal circumstance has been so severe that
•   a long-term or chronic condition or illness
                                                                                you have not been coping with the demands of VCE studies,
•   matters that could have been avoided by you, for example                    you should discuss with your VCE coordinator the possibility of
    misreading the examination timetable or instructions or matters             Compassionate Late Withdrawal or Interrupted Studies status. The
    related to school discipline                                                school will need supporting professional evidence if you decide to
•   matters of your own choosing such as involvement in social                  pursue either of these options.
    events, sporting or training activities, school events or                   You should be aware of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre’s
    volunteer work.                                                             Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). Check the VTAC website for
This applies to all VCE external assessments, which includes all                details and closing dates: www.vtac.edu.au
VCE examinations and the Extended Investigation Critical Thinking               More information about Special Provision is available via schools
Test and oral presentation.                                                     and on the VCAA website: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/vce/
A DES is not available for the GAT, Music Style and Composition                 exams/specialprovision/specialprovision.aspx
Externally-assessed Task or Extended Investigation Externally-
assessed Task written report.

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