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Mathematical Methods computer-based examination (CBE)

From 2011–2016 the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) successfully completed a six-year trial of CBE for VCE Mathematical Methods Examination 2, with corresponding examinations from 2013–2016. This trial and subsequent implementation involved proof of concept and developmental work with a small number of schools and several hundred students to effectively align the use of technology in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, using the computer algebra system software Mathematica, from Wolfram Research.

The VCAA provided participating schools and teachers with comprehensive professional learning tools and resources for use of this software in implementation of Mathematical Methods Units 1–4 and preparatory work in the preceding years. Wolfram Research supported the trial with access to the software, training, technical support and resource materials.

During 2017–2019 resources were developed to complement the use of Mathematica in Mathematical Methods across other VCE Mathematics studies and support its application as a computational tool in these studies. Further work has also been done to facilitate and support implementation of the Computer-based examination in Mathematical Methods Examination 2 for schools with larger student cohorts for the study.

Implementation of Mathematical Methods computer-based examination (CBE) from 2020

For 2020, in alignment with the Strategic Direction 2019–2023, the VCAA will consolidate the developmental work completed in 2017–2019 with schools currently involved in the program, and conduct an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for other schools wishing to participate in the Mathematical Methods Computer-based examination (CBE) program from 2021.

Download Background information: Expression of Interest in 2020–2021 Computer-Based Examination (CBE) for VCE Mathematical Methods Examination 2

For further information please contact Dr David Leigh-Lancaster, VCAA Mathematics Curriculum Manager, telephone (03) 90321690 or email

Accessing Mathematica

A suite of Wolfram Research Technologies, including Mathematica, can be accessed by government, catholic and independent schools from the Department of Education and Training (DET) website. More information on how to access Wolfram software.