VCAA Update to Address the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on VCE Students

Below under Documents is a letter from the Minister for Education for Year 12 students.

For more information about VCE and VCAL, see the VCAA website

2020 revised VCE examination periods

As a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on school delivery of this year’s VCE program, the 2020 VCE examination periods have been rescheduled.

The College has publlished a Unit 3/4 VCE and VCE VET Practice Exam schedule (view below) which commences on Friday, 18 September. Practice exams are crucial preparation for VCE external exams. Therefore, the College expects all students to complete practice exams at home as per the schedule. ALL students need to collect their exam pack from main reception between 15 & 17 September and return all completed exams to the College on Wednesday, 7 October for marking.

The following revised examination periods for 2020 were approved by the VCAA Board on 20 May 2020:

  • Performance and Languages oral examinations and Extended Investigation: oral presentations
    Monday 12 October – Sunday 8 November
  • Written examinations
    Monday 9 November – Wednesday 2 December
The VCAA VCE Exams Navigator 2020 is a must-read for all students enrolled in one or more Unit 3/4 VCE and/or VCE/VET Year 2 subject.

It contains information on:

  • General Achievement Test (GAT)
  • Approved materials and equipment
  • VCAA rules
  • Exam dates and times
  • Special Provision
  • VCE Results and ATAR Service

Follow this link: VCE Exams Navigator 2020 booklet

VCE Study Score 

What's a Study Score? How do you calculate a Study Score? Study Score examples. 
For more information and to view the short videos explaining a Study Score, follow this link

study score

Year 12 Common Time 

 Year 12 students who are not completing an External VET, are timetabled in the class “Common Time”. 

Common Time may be used for:

  • Year level assemblies 

  • House assemblies

  • Whole year level student assessment tasks e.g. English

  • Supervised SAC Catch Up

  • Career/ Post school study information sessions.

  • Supervised private study

It is anticipated that Common Time will promote collaboration, communication and social connection for our Year 12 students: allowing them to focus on their study, without interruption to class time. 

School-based Assessments

At Notre Dame College, school-based assessments are:

  • Outcome Assessment Tasks (OATs) - VCE Units 1 & 2 and VET Year 1 (Year 11)

  • School Assessed Coursework (SACs) - VCE Units 3 & 4 and VET Year 2 (Year 12)

Dates for OATs and SACs can be downloaded below from early each semester.

Where a student will be absent for an OAT or SAC, they are required to apply to reschedule it. The following procedure must be completed by the student prior to the original date or within three school days following their return to school:

  1. The student must complete the relevant Application to Reschedule an OAT / SAC form and attach supporting documentation**. (Forms can be downloaded by clicking the following link Forms or obtained from Student Reception)

  2. The student takes the form to their class teacher to arrange an alternate date for the task to be completed under supervision.

  3. The student submits the completed form, with suitable documentation attached, to the Director of Learning and Teaching for review.

  4. The student, Head of House, PGL and class teacher will receive an email to notify them of the decision – Approved or NOT Approved.

  5. The student is not permitted to undertake the task at the proposed new time unless the application is approved and the student has received the Approved email.

  6. Where a student fails to attend the rescheduled session a class absence will be recorded and an email sent to the student, PGL, Head of House and class teacher. The student would be expected to attend the following OAT/SAC Catch-up session unless the class teacher makes arrangements for the student to complete the task sooner.

          ** The following supporting documentation is required if the student is unwell at the time of an assessment:

          SAC/SAT  - An original medical certificate or Doctor’s report or Statutory Declaration.

          OAT - A medical certificate or Doctor’s report or signed note from a Parent/Guardian pertaining to the absence

          Other - Official documentation or Statutory Declaration or a signed letter from Head of House explaining the absence.

          * IMPORTANT NOTE: Where a student fails to follow this procedure, the student will receive an N - Not Satisfactory for the unit.. The student then needs to Appeal via contact with the Director of Learning and Teaching within 7 days.

VCE, VET and VCAL Student Handbook

The VCE, VET and VCAL Student Handbook is an important document to be read by all students in years 11 and 12 at the College. Download the handbook below.



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