Notice to Schools 22/2017 − 1 March 2017

Expression of Interest: VCAA Languages Proficiency Assessments Trials 2017

Principals/Directors and Teachers of Victorian Curriculum F−10 languages

Main Points

As part of its ongoing test development program for the VCAA Languages Proficiency Assessments (LPA), the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the VCAA, is seeking participants to trial some new Languages proficiency assessment test materials.

When does the trialling take place?

The trialling will take place between Tuesday 14 March and Friday 31 March 2017.

What does the trialling involve?

The tests to be trialled will consist of online Listening and Reading questions, all in a multiple-choice format. The test are available for the following Languages:  

  • Chinese Second Language (Levels 1 and 2)
  • French (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • German (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • Indonesian (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • Italian (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • Japanese (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • Modern Greek (Levels 1 and 2)
  • Spanish (Levels 1 and 2).  

Note that Levels correspond to nominal hours of learning as follows:

  • Level 1 = 100 hours
  • Level 2 = 200 hours
  • Level 3 = 300 hours. 

Each individual test will take 30 to 40 minutes each to complete, with another 10 minutes required for administration.

What will your school receive?

Immediate results for each student, which will include raw score (total number correct), raw score expressed as a percentage, and number of students within a group answering a question correctly. Group reports can be sorted to indicate which questions students have done well on, and which they have found difficult. Incorrect responses are also indicated.

How do schools take up this offer?

If you have cohorts of students learning one of the above languages, and would like to participate in this important trialling program, please contact ACER, indicating which language and level, by Tuesday 7 March: vcaalpa@acer.edu.au  . A member of the ACER support team will then arrange for tests to be assigned to students.

Action Required

Principals/Directors should:

  • ensure information about the EOI is forwarded to the appropriate school personnel.

Critical Dates

Tuesday 7 March 2017 − EOI closes

Tuesday 14 March to Friday 31 March 2017 − Trialling is conducted

Additional Information

Background information is available in the article 'New resources to support Victorian Curriculum F−10 Languages', published in the VCAA Bulletin on Thursday 2 March 2017.