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Performance and Languages oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation

Date and time of assessment

Dates and assessment venue information for performance and Languages oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation will be available to schools on the Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS) from Monday 2 August 2021.

VCAA forms

Contact your VCE coordinator to obtain VCAA forms, such as examination advice slips, information booklets, Performance Program Sheets/Performer’s Statement, Statements of Intention, Industry Statements and Interpretation Statements. These documents are available only on VASS.

Student identification requirements

If you are undertaking a performance examination, an oral examination or an oral presentation, you will be required to provide personal identification before entering the assessment venue. The personal identification must consist of a clear photograph of you and your full name, for example a school identification card or a driver’s licence.

School uniform should not be worn.

Examination advice slip

You must present two copies of the examination advice slip to a venue coordinator when you arrive at the assessment venue. The venue coordinator will retain one copy and you must present the other copy to the assessor immediately before your assessment commences.

 

Select your study area below for information about the relevant performance or oral examination or oral presentation:

Dance*

Description of task

You are required to present two solo dance works-Skills-Based Solo followed by Cohesive Composition Solo

Time

The duration of each dance is between 2.5 and 5 minutes.

The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

You must provide the following document at your examination:

  • Statement of Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip sprung surface of approximately 9 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. It is not possible for you to perform to live accompaniment.
  • An assessor will be assigned to operate the sound system in the examination.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: Dance examination specifications and sample materials page.

Drama

Description of task

You are required to prepare a solo performance using one of the prescribed structures from the 2021 VCE Drama Solo Performance examination document.

Time

You must present a single uninterrupted performance of a maximum duration of 7 minutes. You will be allocated a total of 10 minutes to prepare, perform and clear the examination room.

You must provide the following document at your examination:

  • Statement of Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for you to use in the performance, if required. A table will not be provided.
  • You must carry, set up and remove additional props, if required, within the allocated time and without assistance.
  • You are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the examination room.
  • Actual and imitation weapons are prohibited.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: Drama examination specifications and sample materials

Extended Investigation oral presentation

Description of task

You will present your research and investigation findings to the 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 15–20 minutes.
  • The oral presentation component will be 7–10 minutes.
  • The panel questions and student responses will be 8–10 minutes.
  • You must provide any presentation software, posters and speaker notes, as permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Conditions

  • The oral presentation will be assessed by two assessors.
  • You may use presentation software and posters. Speaker notes are permitted.
  • No additional electronic medium, such as sound and video files, is permitted.
  • No additional props, such as laboratory equipment, costumes, scientific models and simulations, are permitted.

For further information: Extended Investigation Externally-assessed task oral specifications

Music Investigation*

You will present a live performance either as a member of a group or as a soloist.

Description of task

You will present a live performance of at least four contrasting works that relate to the Investigation Topic underpinning your study in Units 3 and 4. You must complete a Performer’s Statement outlining your Investigation Topic and its relationship to the performance program you 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 Music Investigation Study Design webpage, or be an approved Alternative Work.

You must provide the following documents at your 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. You will be assessed on all instruments, including voice, on which you 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 safe limits. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at a dangerous level.
  • 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 and warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Solo students

Time

The task duration will be a maximum of 25 minutes, starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the candidate number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Different accompanists may accompany different works in the program.
  • If you are performing accompanied works, you must provide your own accompanist.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within safe limits. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at a dangerous level.
  • Sheet music may be used, except for Voice – Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular.
  • Page turners are not permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: Music Investigation examination specifications and sample materials

Music Performance*

You will present a live performance either as a member of a group or as a soloist.

You must provide the following document at your examination:

  • Performance Examination Program Sheet.

Group students

Description of task

You will 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 Music Performance Study Design webpage.

Works may be appropriately shortened to demonstrate variety within the time available.

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 safe limits prescribed by health and safety regulations. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at a dangerous level.
  • You 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 and warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Solo students

Description of task

You will present a live performance of works selected from the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works published on the the Music Performance Study Design webpage. 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

The task duration will be a maximum of 25 minutes, starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the candidate number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment may be assessed in only one examination.
  • Assessed performers may change instruments during the examination in accordance with the requirements for selected instruments.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within safe limits. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at a dangerous level.
  • If you are performing accompanied works, you must provide your 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.
  • You should tune your own instrument without assistance from any other person.
  • You 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.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: Music Performance examination specifications and sample materials

Theatre Studies

Description of task

You will interpret a prescribed monologue from the 2021 VCE Theatre Studies Monologue examination document.

For the interpretation stage of the examination, students will choose either:

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

The examination will be conducted in two stages:

  • Stage 1 – Interpretation
  • Stage 2 – Interpretation Statement.

The two stages of the monologue examination will be assessed against common criteria and a total combined mark will be awarded for both Stages 1 and 2.

Time

There will be 12 minutes for the entire examination. A timing device will be used during the examination.

  • You will have a maximum of 2 minutes to set up the materials for the monologue examination.
  • It is recommended that Stage 1 – Interpretation does not exceed 6 minutes.
  • Stage 2 – Interpretation Statement will follow Stage 1 without a break and, as a guide, should not exceed 2 minutes. If you are still undertaking your monologue examination at the 8-minute mark, you will be instructed to stop.
  • The remaining 2 minutes should be used to pack away materials, return the examination room to its original state and exit the room.

You must provide the following document at the end of your examination:

  • Interpretation Statement (one copy).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for you to use, if required. A table will not be provided.
  • You must carry, set up and remove additional props, if required, within the allocated time and without assistance.
  • You are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the examination room.
  • Actual or imitation weapons are prohibited.
  • The use of multimedia, including a data projector or folios, will not be permitted in the stagecraft examination.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: Theatre Studies examination specifications and sample materials

First 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. You will provide your student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Presentation (approximately 5 minutes)

You will present an issue relating to the option selected for detailed study (Language and Culture through Literature and the Arts).

You may support your 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 measuring no more than 20 x 12.5 cm.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 5 minutes)

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

For further information refer to the assessment handbook on the relevant language study webpage.

Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL): Oral Component

Armenian, Bosnian, Chin Hakha, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Karen, Khmer, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Yiddish

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. You will provide your student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

A conversation between you and two assessors will cover topics about your personal world.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

A discussion will focus on the subtopic chosen for your detailed study.

You may support your discussion with objects, such as photographs, diagrams and maps.

Notes and cue cards are not permitted.

For further information refer to the assessment handbook on the relevant language study webpage.

Second Languages: Oral Component

Arabic, Chinese Second Language, Chinese Second Language Advanced, French, German, Greek, Indonesian Second Language, Italian, Japanese Second Language, Korean Second Language, Spanish, Vietnamese Second Language

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. You will provide your student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

The conversation between you and two assessors will be about your personal world and your interactions with the language and culture as a learner.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

The discussion will focus on your chosen subtopic and the supporting visual material that you have brought with you. The supporting visual material must consist of one image on a piece of paper no larger than A3 size.

Notes and cue cards are not permitted.

For further information refer to the relevant language examination webpage.

Chinese Language, Culture and Society: Oral Component

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. You will provide your student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

A conversation between you and two assessors in Chinese will cover topics about your personal world.

Section 2: Presentation and discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

You will provide a 2-minute description in Chinese of an item that you have brought into the examination, such as a picture, cartoon or artefact, that relates to the prescribed topics in the Chinese Language strand. You will then respond in Chinese to a series of simple questions from the assessors about the item.

For further information: Chinese Language, Culture and Society examination specifications and sample materials.

Auslan Interactive Sign Examination

Conditions

  • The examination will be conducted by three assessors: one assessor will conduct the examination, while the other two assess.
  • You will sign your student number.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation and discussion (approximately 7 minutes)

A conversation between you and one assessor will cover topics relating to your personal world. It will be followed by an informal discussion on one or more of these covered topics.

Section 2: Presentation and response (approximately 8 minutes)

Following the conversation and discussion, you will indicate to the assessors your chosen topic of interest for presentation and response.

You may support your 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, you will respond to questions asked by the assessors.

For further information refer to the assessment handbook on the Auslan Study Design webpage.

VET Dance*

Description of task

You 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

The duration of each dance is between 2 and 5 minutes.

The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

You must provide the following documents at your examination:

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

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip sprung surface of approximately 9 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. It is not possible for you to perform to live accompaniment.
  • An assessor will be assigned to operate the sound system in the examination.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: VET Dance examination specifications and sample materials.

VET Music Industry: Performance*

Description of task

You will 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.

The program must include at least three contrasting works, at least one of which must be performed from memory.

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

You must provide the following documents at your examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet
  • Industry Statement.

Conditions

  • A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete a sound check and warm-up.
  • 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 safe limits. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at a dangerous level.
  • You must bring your own instrument/s to the performance. An acoustic piano will be provided, if required. You must provide all other equipment, including PA systems, amplifiers and music stands.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information: VET Music Industry: Performance examination specifications and sample materials.

 

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