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Performance and Languages oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation

The assessment period for these assessments begins on the first day of Term 4. The specific dates, times and venues for individual student assessments are reported to schools through VASS . Schools must notify their students of the time and location of their performance/oral examinations or oral presentation. In some cases students in regional and rural areas will be required to attend venues in Melbourne.

 

Student identification requirements

Students presenting for a performance examination, Languages oral examination or Extended Investigation oral presentation are required to provide personal identification prior to entering the examination room.

The personal identification must consist of a clear photograph of the student and their full name. Most existing student identification cards or personal documents, for example a school ID card, public transport ID card, passport or driver’s licence are sufficient.

Students should not wear school uniform to their assessment.

Students undertaking the oral component of a VCE Languages examination will be required to identify themselves by stating their student number in English.

 

Examination advice slip

Each student presenting for a performance or Languages oral examination or the Extended Investigation oral presentation must be issued with an individual examination advice slip with the date, time and location of their assessment.

Two copies of the examination advice slip must be presented to a venue coordinator on arrival at the assessment venue. One copy will be retained by the venue coordinator; the other will be presented to the assessors by students prior to the commencement their assessment.

The examination advice slip, along with additional examination-specific information, as outlined in the following list of studies, is available through VASS and should only be printed after the release date for the October–November examination period.

The following studies have external assessments with a performance, oral component or oral presentation:

Dance*

Description of task

Students are required to present two solo dance works (Technique Solo followed by Composition Solo).

Time

Duration of each dance is between 2½ and 5 minutes. The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Statement of Expressive Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
  • A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
  • A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted. You may also prepare an audio cassette of your recorded music/soundscapes as a back-up. It is not possible for you to perform to live accompaniment.
  • Another student will be permitted in the examination room to operate the sound system if required.

For further information refer to VCE Dance Examination specification (pdf - 41.56kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Statement of Expressive Intention (components 1 and 2)

Drama

Description of task

Students are required to prepare a solo performance using one of the prescribed structures published on the Drama curriculum webpage under Assessment.

Time

Students are required to present a single uninterrupted performance with a maximum time of 7 minutes. Each student is allocated a total of 10 minutes for preparation, performance and clearing the examination room.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Statement of Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for students to use in the performance if they wish. A table will not be provided.
  • Additional props, if required, must be carried into the examination room, and set up and removed at the end of the examination by the student within the allotted time.
  • Students are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination venue.
  • Actual and imitation weapons are prohibited. The use of such items is not permitted in the performance.

Please note in 2017 an audio visual recording of all presentations will be made.

For further information refer to VCE Drama: Solo Performance Examination specification (pdf - 392.84kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Statement of Intention

Extended Investigation oral presentation

Description of task

Students are required to present their research and investigation findings to a panel of assessors, and respond to questions and challenges from the panel.

Time

  • The oral presentation, including the student response to panel questions and challenges, will be of 15–20 minutes total duration.
  • The oral presentation component will be 7−10 minutes.
  • The panel questions and student responses will be 8−10 minutes.

Conditions

  • The oral presentation will be assessed by two assessors.
  • Students may use presentation software and/or posters. Speaker notes are permitted.
  • No additional electronic media are permitted (for example, sound and video files).
  • No additional props are permitted (for example, laboratory equipment, costumes, scientific models or simulations).

For further information refer to Extended Investigation Examination specification (pdf - 109.04kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

Music Investigation*

Students are required to present a live performance in one of the following contexts:

  • as a member of a group

or

  • as a soloist.

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of at least four contrasting works that relate to the Investigation Topic that underpins their study in Units 3 and 4. Students must complete a Performer’s Statement outlining their Investigation Topic and its relationship to the performance program they have selected for the examination. At least one work in the program must be selected from either the current Prescribed List of Group Works or the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works as published on the VCAA website or be an approved Alternative Work.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet/Performer’s Statement.

Group students

Time

  • One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes
  • Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes
  • Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes
  • Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.

Conditions

  • Assessed performers may change instruments during the examination. Students will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during an examination.
  • Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in which they perform before participating in other groups as non-assessed performers.
  • There should only be one performer per musical part to ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly identified.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Sheet music may be used.
  • Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.
  • A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.

Solo students

Time

Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the VCAA student number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Different accompanists may accompany different works in the program.
  • If performing accompanied works, students must provide their own accompanist.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Sheet music may be used, except for Voice – Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular.
  • Page turners are not permitted.

For further information refer to:

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/focus statement (solo or group)

Music Performance*

Students are required to present a live performance in one of the following contexts:

  • as a member of a group

or

  • as a soloist.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Performance Examination Program Sheet.

Group students

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of at least four contrasting works that represent a range of styles and diversity of character. At least two works in the program must be selected from the Prescribed List of Group Works published on the VCAA website.

Time

  • One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes
  • Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes
  • Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes
  • Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during an examination.
  • Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in which they perform before participating in other groups as non‑assessed performers.
  • There should only be one performer per musical part to ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly identified.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Students may use any equipment normally used by the group. No electronic mixing or adjusting of the sound by a person other than a student performer will be allowed during the performance.
  • Sheet music may be used.
  • Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.
  • A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.

Solo students

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of works selected from the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works published on the VCAA website. Details of examination and program requirements specific to each instrument, including the number of works to be performed, are published in the prescribed list.

Time

Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the VCAA student number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment may only be assessed in one examination.
  • Assessed performers may change instruments during the examination in accordance with requirements for selected instruments.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • If performing accompanied works, students must provide their own accompanist.
  • Only one accompanist is permitted in the examination room at a time. Recorded accompaniments (backing tracks) may only be used as indicated in the prescribed list.
  • Students should tune their own instrument without assistance from any other person.
  • Students may use sheet music, except in the case of Voice – Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular, where the complete program must be sung from memory.
  • Page turners are not permitted.

For further information refer to:

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet (solo or group)

Theatre Studies

Description of task

Students are required to use stagecraft to interpret a prescribed monologue from the current VCE Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination document.
For the interpretation stage of the examination, students will choose either:

  • Acting and Direction

or

  • Design – any two of make-up, costume, set pieces, properties, sound.

The examination will be conducted in three stages:

  • Framing Statement
  • Monologue Interpretation
  • questions

The three stages of the stagecraft examination will be assessed against common criteria and stagecraft-specific criteria, and a total mark will be awarded.

Time

There will be 12 minutes for the entire examination.
Students are required to spend:

  • no more than 2 minutes presenting the Framing Statement
  • no more than 5 minutes presenting the Monologue Interpretation
  • no more than 2 minutes for the question stage of the examination.

The remaining 3 minutes will be used for entry to and exit from the examination room, and transition time between the three stages of the examination.
Students must provide the following document at the end of their examination:

  • Framing Statement (one copy).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for students to use if they wish. A table will not be provided.
  • Additional props, if required, must be carried into the examination room, set up and removed at the end of the examination by the student within the allotted time.
  • Students are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination venue.
  • Actual or imitation weapons are prohibited. The use of such items is not permitted in the performance.
  • The use of multimedia, including a data projector or folios, will not be permitted in the stagecraft examination.

Please note in 2017 an audio visual recording of all presentations will be made.

For further information refer to Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination specification (pdf - 337.41kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Framing statement form

VCE First Language

Languages oral component (Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese and Vietnamese First Languages)

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. However, students will provide their student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.

Description of task

Section 1: Presentation (approximately 5 minutes)

  • Students are required to present an issue relating to the option selected for detailed study (Language and Culture through Literature and the Arts).
  • Students may support their presentation with objects such as photographs, diagrams, maps and brief speaker’s notes.
  • Speaker’s notes must be in point form on one side of a cue card no more than 20 cm x 12.5 cm.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 5 minutes)

  • A discussion between the student and the assessors will focus on aspects of the nominated issue.

For further information refer to the relevant language.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

VCE Second Language

Languages oral component

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. However, students will provide their student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

  • A conversation between the student and two assessors will cover topics about their personal world.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

  • A discussion will focus on the subtopic chosen for the student’s detailed study.
    Students may support their discussion with objects such as photographs, diagrams and maps.
  • Notes and cue cards are not permitted.

For further information refer to the relevant language.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

Auslan Interactive Sign Examination

Conditions

  • The examination will be conducted by three assessors (one assessor conducts the examination while the other two assess).
  • Students are required to sign their VCAA student number.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation and discussion (approximately 7 minutes)

  • A conversation between the student and one assessor will cover topics of their personal world. It will be followed by an informal discussion on one or more of these areas.

Section 2: Presentation and response (approximately 8 minutes)

  • Following the conversation and discussion the student will indicate to the assessors the topic chosen for presentation and response from their area of interest. Students may support their presentation (3 minutes) and response (5 minutes) with objects such as photographs, diagrams and maps.
  • Notes and cue cards are not permitted.
  • Following the presentation students will respond to questions raised by the assessors.

For further information refer to Auslan.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

VET Dance*

Description of task

Students are required to perform two solo dances learnt from the dance repertoire of a choreographer/teacher. Each solo dance should be presented as a single live uninterrupted performance in a distinct style.

Time

Duration of each dance is between 2 and 5 minutes.

The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement (three copies).

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
  • A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
  • A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted. Students may also prepare an audio cassette of their recorded music/soundscapes as a back-up. It is not possible for students to perform to live accompaniment.
  • Another student will be permitted in the examination room to operate the sound system if required.

For further information refer to the VET Dance Examination specification (pdf - 136.31kb).

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/Industry statement (components 1 and 2)

VET Music*

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance, either as a single performer (as a solo performance or as the only assessed performer within a music group), or in a music group of between two and 10 performers.

Time

  • Solo performance – 25 minutes
  • Single performer being assessed within a group – 25 minutes
  • Two or three performers being assessed within a group –30 minutes
  • Four or five performers being assessed within a group –35 minutes
  • Six performers (maximum) being assessed within a group –45 minutes
  • A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete any required sound-check/warm-up activities.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during the examination.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Students must bring their own instrument/s to the performance. An acoustic piano will be provided if required. All other equipment, including PA systems, amplifiers and music stands, must be provided by the student.

For further information refer to the VET Music Examination specification (pdf - 136.51kb).

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/industry statement

*Works presented for assessment in one VCE/VET study cannot be presented for assessment in another VCE/VET study.