Wednesday 12 June 2019

All students enrolled in one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 sequences must sit the GAT.

The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedures.

How is the GAT used?

The VCAA will use students’ GAT scores as a basis for:

  • contributing to statistical moderation of school-based assessment results
  • checking the accuracy of external assessment marking
  • calculating the Derived Examination Scores.

The General Achievement Test is a test of general knowledge and skills in:

  • written communication
  • mathematics, science and technology
  • humanities, the arts and social sciences.

Because it is a general test, no special study is required for the GAT. Students will already have done preparation for the GAT in past study of subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and History, where they have built up general knowledge and skills in writing, numeracy and reasoning. These are the knowledge and skills that will be tested.

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2019 Semester 1, Unit 1/2 OAT Dates and Unit 3/4 SAC Dates

 Year 11 and Year 12 VCE school-based assessment details are available to download below.

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 occurs on Day 3, Day 6 and Day 8 for a total of 5 lessons and 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 semester one OATs and SACs can be downloaded below from early in Term 1.

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 Learning and Teaching Leader (VCE) 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 OAT/SAC Catch up on the following Thursday 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 Learning and Teaching Leader 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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