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27 May 2020
Thousands of Victorian senior school students will start examinations in early November, with results available toward the end of the year, following major interruptions to the school curriculum due to COVID-19.
Education minister James Merlino announced Victorian Certificate of Education, VCE, exams would start on November 9, earlier than the government first expected when remote learning started in term two.
The State Government expects the November date will give sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE unit-four learning and school-based assessments and prepare for VCE examinations.
“The announcement gives students, teachers and parents certainty in what has been a very disrupted year,” Mr Merlino said.
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“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.”
Exams will be completed by December 2, allowing Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, ATAR, scores to be calculated and VCE and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, VCAL, students to get their results before the end of 2020. The General Achievement Test, GAT, will also be towards the end of term three, on September 9.
The bringing forward of exams is a result of schools being able to return to classrooms earlier than expected, from this week for years 11 and 12 students, as well as year 10 students doing VCE subjects.
Mr Merlino said the earlier return to school was based on advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.
The change means university offers can be made to Victorian students, like their peers across Australia.
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