VCE exams to start on November 9

By Kyabram Free Press

VICTORIAN Certificate of Education examinations are set to go ahead in early November despite COVID-19 interruptions.

Results will also be available by the end of the year, which will allow students to get on the front foot with their university offers.

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said exams would begin in the week commencing November 9 — a month earlier than expected when learning from home was first announced.

“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.”

The new exam start date is a result of the earlier than expected return to on-site learning, which will begin on May 26 for Year 11 and 12 students, as well as Year 10 students doing VCE subjects.

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

The November date was chosen in order to give enough 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 the year.

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