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Extended Investigation

Past tests are made available after any copyright issues are finalised. The Chief Assessor prepares Critical Thinking Test and Externally assessed Task reports summarising student performance in past tests. Test reports for written tests contain some answers.

Unit 3: Critical Thinking Test

Test specifications and advice

Test specifications (pdf - 40.07kb) (Version 2, April 2019)

Sample question (pdf - 239.11kb) (April 2019)

Past tests for current study design

A new VCE Extended Investigation study design is being implemented in 2019.

Past tests for previous study designs

Students and teachers should note that, with the introduction of a new study design, the following examination papers are not necessarily a guide to the current VCE examination in this study.

YearPast Critical Thinking TestsCritical Thinking Test reports
2018 Critical Thinking Test (pdf - 832.75kb) Critical Thinking Test report (pdf - 246kb)
2017 Critical Thinking Test (pdf - 870.07kb) Critical Thinking Test report (pdf - 89.61kb)
2016 Critical Thinking Test (pdf - 3.73mb) Critical Thinking Test report (pdf - 85.88kb)
2015 Critical Thinking Test (pdf - 918.19kb) Critical Thinking Test report (pdf - 266.63kb)
2014 Critical Thinking Test (pdf - 2.29mb) Critical Thinking Test report (pdf - 505.59kb) (amended 3 August 2015)


Unit 4: Externally assessed Task (EAT) – Oral presentation and written report

Assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors

Assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors – Oral presentation (pdf - 101.87kb)

Assessment criteria and performance-level descriptors – Written report (pdf - 98.33kb)

Test specifications and advice

Oral presentation specifications (pdf - 107.8kb) (March 2019)

Written report specifications (pdf - 110.06kb) (March 2019)

Reports for current study design


2018 Oral presentation (pdf - 253.35kb)

2018 Written report (pdf - 182.71kb)


2017 Oral presentation (pdf - 71.33kb)

2017 Written report (pdf - 81.52kb)

YearExternally assessed Task Reports
2016 Oral presentation (pdf - 72.77kb)
Written report (pdf - 71.77kb)
2015 Oral presentation (pdf - 226.07kb)
Written report (pdf - 208.36kb)
2014 Oral presentation (pdf - 210.42kb)
Written report (pdf - 233.5kb)