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Notice 70 2021

Notice to Schools 70/2021 – 4 June 2021

Rescheduling of the General Achievement Test and release of the 2021 VCE examination timetable

Principals/directors, VCE and VCAL coordinators, VASS administrators and relevant teachers

We have two important updates on VCE external assessment.

Rescheduled GAT

In response to the 27 May–10 June circuit-breaker restrictions, the 2021 General Achievement Test (GAT) will be rescheduled to a date to be determined. We expect this to be in coming weeks.

Release of the VCE examination timetable

The 2021 VCE examination timetable is now available. It has been developed using 2021 VCE and scored VCE VET Unit 3–4 enrolments and addresses the following key priorities:

  • minimise the number of students required to sit more than two examinations on any one day
  • minimise the number of clashes where students have two examinations in the same session
  • avoid scheduling another examination on the same day as English and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • accommodate the marking and processing requirements of each of the VCE and VCE VET written examinations, providing enough time for students to receive their final VCE results by mid-December 2021.

The dates and times for 2021 VCE written examinations will now display in VASS, but please note that Student Examination/Assessment Timetables for the 2021 VCE written examination period are not yet finalised. This information will be available in VASS in the week beginning Monday 6 September.

Action required

Principals/directors, please inform relevant educators and students that the GAT will be rescheduled and that the 2021 VCE examination timetable is now available.

Critical dates

  • Wednesday 28 July – Extended Investigation: Critical Thinking Test, 10.00–11.10am
  • Monday 11 October to Sunday 31 October – Performance and Languages oral examinations and Extended Investigation oral presentations
  • Tuesday 19 October – Languages (CCAFL) written examinations
  • Wednesday 20 October – Auslan Sign Comprehension and Sign Production Examination
  • Wednesday 27 October to Wednesday 17 November – Written examinations


Additional information

Please refer to the Examination rules and Authorised materials and equipment webpages.

The 2021 VCE examination timetable will be included in the VCE Exam Navigator 2021, which will be distributed to schools in Term 3.