THE state government has announced a new date for the General Achievement Test and confirmed the VCE exam period on Friday.
Minister for Education James Merlino said throughout this pandemic, students had responded with resilience and positivity in the most difficult circumstances.
"We know so many kids have been impacted by the pandemic this year, and our Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process will make sure every student is assessed individually on their effort - not the disruptions," he said.
"All of these dates are subject to the health advice at the time - which is why it's so vital that every Victorian does the right thing. Stay at home, get tested, and get vaccinated if you can, so our students can finish the year strongly."
Subject to ongoing public health advice and epidemiological conditions, the GAT will be held for all Year 12 students across Victoria on September 9.
School-based assessments that cannot be conducted remotely - such as performance or practical assessments - may be completed in person at schools from 30 August, in groups of no more than 10 students at a time.
VCE written and performance exam dates will remain as originally set - with performance and oral exams scheduled to begin on October 4, and written exams to run until November 17, subject to further public health advice.
These timetables will allow results and the ATAR to be released on December 16.
All examinations, onsite school-based assessments and the GAT will be conducted with extra health precautions in place - like the use of face masks, enhanced cleaning of exam spaces and smaller than usual group sizes to allow students to be physically distanced.
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The Consideration of Educational Disadvantage will apply to each and every student completing one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3-4 subject in 2021 - giving students certainty that the only thing counting towards their score is their effort and hard work.
The process will consider the individual impact of coronavirus on each student including school closures, students' health impact, remote learning and mental health challenges - and will use data like the GAT, other assessment and school comparisons to calculate final VCE results.
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