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Materials and equipment authorised for use in the GAT and VCE written examinations

Supervisors have the right to check materials brought by students into the examination room and remove any non-compliant material for the duration of the examination.

It is the responsibility of a suitably qualified member of the school teaching staff to check the appropriateness of reference materials, dictionaries, calculators and bound references as students enter the examination room for examinations where these items are permitted.

Students sitting for the GAT and any VCE written examination are permitted to bring basic stationery items into the examination. This includes pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, sharpeners and rulers. Pencil cases can only be brought into the examination room if they are transparent, i.e. the contents are visible to the supervisor.

Basic stationery items do not include aids for curve sketching, Mathomat, MathAids or geometrical drawing instruments such as compasses, set squares and protractors.

Correction fluid/tape and loose sheets of paper are not permitted in the GAT or VCE written examinations.

Students are permitted to bring specific materials, in addition to basic stationery, into the examination as follows:

Examinations with a multiple-choice component

  • pencil and eraser

Accounting

  • pencil should be used where calculations are required
  • one scientific calculator

Algorithmics (HESS)

  • one scientific calculator

Chemistry

  • one scientific calculator

Computing: Software Development

  • one scientific calculator

English/English as an Additional Language (EAL)

  • an English and/or bilingual printed dictionary

Environmental Science

  • one scientific calculator

Further Mathematics Examination 1

Further Mathematics Examination 2

General Achievement Test (GAT)

  • an English and/or bilingual printed dictionary

Geography

  • coloured pencils, water-based pens and markers

Languages examinations

  • any printed monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary in one or two separate volumes

Mathematical Methods Examination 2

Music Performance

  • pencil should be used for musical notation

Physics

  • one scientific calculator
  • one folded A3 sheet or two A4 sheets, bound together by tape, and single- or double-sided. Notes may be typed or handwritten, and from any source (including commercially available notes)

Product Design and Technology

  • coloured pencils, water-based pens and markers
  • no shape templates of any kind are permitted

Specialist Mathematics Examination 2

Systems Engineering

  • one scientific calculator

Theatre Studies

  • coloured pencils, water-based pens and markers, protractors, compass, set squares and aids for curve sketching

VET Business

  • one scientific calculator

VET Engineering Studies

  • protractor, set square and aids for curve sketching
  • one scientific calculator

VET Furnishing

  • one scientific calculator

VET Hospitality

  • one scientific calculator

VET Information, Digital Media and Technology

  • one scientific calculator

VET Integrated Technologies

  • one scientific calculator

VET Laboratory Skills

  • one scientific calculator

Visual Communication Design

  • coloured pencils, water-based pens and markers, set squares, protractors, compasses and circle and ellipse templates.

 

Calculators

Scientific Calculators – are permitted for use in the following VCE written examinations:

  • Accounting
  • Algorithmics (HESS)
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Computing: Software Development
  • Further Mathematics (Examinations 1 and 2)
  • Mathematical Methods (Examination 2)
  • Physics
  • Specialist Mathematics (Examination 2)
  • Systems Engineering
  • VET Business
  • VET Engineering Studies
  • VET Furnishing
  • VET Hospitality
  • VET Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • VET Integrated Technologies
  • VET Laboratory Skills.

A scientific calculator does not have graphic, symbolic or programming capability. It does not have extended memory capable of storing text and/or symbols.

CAS Calculators – VCAA approved CAS calculators are permitted for use in Further Mathematics (Examinations 1 and 2), Mathematical Methods (Examination 2) and Specialist Mathematics (Examination 2). The use of CAS software may only occur if prior approval has been granted in writing by the VCAA to the Principal of the school.

 

Dictionaries

GAT, English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) – English and/or bilingual printed dictionary may be used.

Language Written Examinations – Any printed monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary in one or two separate volumes.

Dictionaries may be consulted during reading time and throughout the above examinations.

Dictionaries must not contain any highlighting, annotation or tabs not part of the original publication.

Dictionaries are NOT permitted in any other examination including Language oral examinations.

A thesaurus or a dictionary that contains a thesaurus is NOT permitted in any examination.
Electronic dictionaries are NOT permitted.

Dictionaries may not be shared between students during an examination.

 

Mathematics examinations: use of bound references

Students are permitted to take a bound reference into designated Mathematics examinations. This resource is intended to provide students with access to mathematics-related reference material that may be of assistance during the examination. A suitably qualified member of the school teaching staff is responsible for checking that reference materials comply with specifications as students enter the examination room for Mathematics examinations where these items are permitted. The following table summarises the examinations into which the bound reference may be taken.

StudyExamination 1Examination 2
Further MathematicsBound reference as describedBound reference as described
Mathematical MethodsNoneBound reference as described
Specialist MathematicsNoneBound reference as described

Specifications for bound reference

  • The bound reference must be in book format of A4 size or smaller when closed.
  • The number of pages is not specified.
  • Pages must be permanently bound and securely attached to the spine.
  • There must be a single horizontal or vertical spine.
  • The bound reference may be:
    • a textbook
    • a securely bound lecture pad
    • a permanently bound student-constructed set of notes without fold-outs
    • an exercise book.
  • The form of binding is not specified but it must be secure, and pages must not be readily detachable or designed to be removed. Binding can include cloth, glue, staple, spiral or comb binding.

Students are allowed to:

  • annotate the material
  • design their own written index
  • fold pages
  • cut page corners
  • colour code pages
  • insert dividers into their own sets of notes
  • firmly attach (for example, by glue, adhesive tape or staples) additional material to pages in the bound reference.

Bound references may be consulted during reading time and throughout the examination.

Bound references must not include:

  • pages or parts of pages that can be detached from the bound reference during the examination
  • fold-outs, maps or brochure-style components
  • removable tabs, post-it notes or other pages or material designed to be detached
  • forms of collation/binding that are designed to be non-permanent and the content modified by insertion including:
    • ring-binder folders
    • plastic A4 sleeves (permanent or removable) from which pages may be removed
    • manila and similar folders with clip, clamp, slide and metal prong binding of loose-leaf material.

If any page or part of a page is detached from the rest of the bound reference, the page will be removed by the supervisor for the duration of the examination and the incident will be reported as a potential breach of rules.

Bound references must not be shared between students during an examination.

For further information about materials authorised for use in examinations please contact the VCAA on (03) 9225 2349 or vcaa.assessment.operations@edumail.vic.gov.au.

 

Food and drink in the examination room

No food or drinks, other than water, are permitted in the examination room except under special circumstances as approved and directed by the VCAA.

Supervisors will be notified by their school of those students who have Special Examination Arrangements and are permitted to bring food and/or other drinks into the room.

The VCAA approves students bringing bottled water into an examination room with the following conditions:

  • The water is in a clear plastic bottle (all labels removed).
  • The water bottle has a secure lid.
  • The capacity of the bottle is no more than 1500 mL.
  • Water bottles must not be placed on the table at any time.
  • Water bottles must not be refilled during the examination.
  • Water bottles must not be shared between students.

Medication

Medication should only be taken during an examination as part of authorised Special Examination Arrangements.

Asthma inhalers

Students may bring an asthma inhaler into the examination room without this being authorised as a Special Examination Arrangement. The inhaler should be placed at the top of the student's table where it can be seen clearly and easily by the supervisor. Supervisors are entitled to check asthma inhalers if they are brought into the examination room.

Anaphylaxis action plans

A copy of the action plan for any student who may be at risk of anaphylaxis should be provided to the chief supervisor. Staff trained to administer an EpiPen should be easily accessible in case of an emergency.

Materials not permitted in the examination room

Students are not permitted to bring into the examination room:

  • mobile phones
  • any electronic devices*
  • correction fluid or correction tape
  • text books (unless these are listed as approved materials for a specific examination)
  • notes (unless these are listed as approved materials for a specific examination)
  • blank paper or loose sheets of paper.

All watches must be removed and placed at the top of the student's table where they can be seen clearly and easily by a supervisor.

 

*Electronic devices

Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • any electronic device capable of storing, retrieving or displaying digital information
  • calculator models that can 'communicate' with other calculators
  • cameras
  • computerised pens
  • computers
  • electronic storage media, such as USB flash drives, SD, XD, CF or other proprietary memory cards
  • electronic translators and dictionaries
  • iPhones
  • iPods
  • laptops
  • mini-computers
  • MP3 players
  • music and video players
  • notebooks
  • palmtops
  • personal digital assistants and organisers
  • pocket organisers
  • radio transmitters and/or receivers.

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