VCE exam timeframe sooner than expected

By Alex Gretgrix

BECAUSE students have gone back to school earlier than expected, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) examinations will start in early November.

Minister for Education James Merlino announced VCE exams will begin in the week commencing November 9 – a month earlier than expected when learning from home was first announced.

The bring-forward of exams is a result of the earlier than expected return of on-site learning, which will begin for Year 11 and 12 students – and Year 10 students doing VCE subjects – next Tuesday, 26 May.

“The announcement gives students, teachers and parents certainty in what has been a very disrupted year,” Mr Merlino said.

“The revised dates mean students will get their results and an ATAR in 2020, giving them a clear pathway to further study or employment next year – and a break to celebrate the end of school.”

This earlier return to school is based on the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

The November date will give sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments and prepare for VCE examinations.

Exams will be completed by December 2, allowing ATAR scores to be calculated and VCE, VCAL students to get their results before the end of 2020.

Importantly, the change means university offers can be made to Victorian students like their peers around Australia.

The General Achievement Test will also be held towards the end of Term 3, on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

The Victorian Government has invested $14.9 billion to make Victoria the Education State -- ensuring every student access to a great local school and the best learning opportunities – whatever their background, wherever they live.

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