Progress and Assessment
Forms of Assessment in the VCE
VCE Units have a number of different forms of assessment, such as Unit
Completion, School-Assessed Coursework, School Assessed Tasks and External
This is the most basic form of assessment, and is the only type that is
compulsory in order to obtain the Victorian Certificate of Education. By the end
of each unit, a student must be able to demonstrate all learning outcomes
specified in the study design in order to be assessed as having satisfactorily
completed the VCE unit. If the student is not able to do so, a Non-Satisfactory
grade is awarded, and the unit cannot be counted toward the completion of the
VCE and may also cancel the results of other forms of assessment that are part
of the same unit or sequence of units.
School Assessed Coursework:
These tasks are used to assess the level of a student's achievement of the unit
outcomes. Commonly referred to as SACs, some examples of School Assessed
Coursework include research assignments, essays, and reports in multimedia
format. In Units 1 & 2, the results of SACs are only recorded within the
College, and provide students with a guide to the level of achievement they may
be likely to reach in Units 3 & 4 of the same study. Unit 3 & 4 SAC results are
reported directly to the VCAA and form part of the student's study score for
that subject. SACs must be completed if the student wishes to obtain a study
score for the Unit 3 & 4 sequence.
School Assessed Tasks:
These are very similar to School Assessed Coursework however they are generally
completed over a longer period of time, even across more than one unit, and are
subject to being marked externally by the VCAA. Only subjects of a practical
nature have SATs, such as visual arts and technology studies, where the SAT
normally takes the form of a folio.
All VCE Unit 3 & 4 sequences have at least one exam, sometimes two. Examinations
are marked externally by the VCAA, and are often the most influential factor in
the calculation of a student's study score for that subject.