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Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

A ranking on a scale of 0.00 to 99.95, based on study scores, given to a student. Calculated by VTAC and used by tertiary institutions to select students for their courses.

Department of Education and Training (DET)

The Victorian Government department that administers school education, apprenticeships and traineeships.

General Achievement Test (GAT)

Completed by all students enrolled in a VCE Unit 3 and 4 study or a scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 study.


What students are expected to know and be able to do by the time they have finished a VCE unit.

registered training organisation (RTO)

Approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority or Australian Skills Quality Authority to deliver and issue VET qualifications.

satisfactory (S)

Certifies that a student has achieved the outcome for a unit. If a student does not satisfactorily complete a unit, they will receive an N (not satisfactory).

school-assessed coursework (SAC)

Used to assess a student’s level of achievement. Tasks are selected by the school from the designated study design.

school-assessed task (SAT)

Occurs in studies where products and models are assessed.

school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT)

An apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken in the VCE or VCAL, with at least one day a week spent on the job or in training during the normal school week.


Half the academic year (around 20 weeks across two school terms). Most units last for one semester. In the VCE, Unit 3 is completed in the first semester and Unit 4 is completed in the second semester.

Statement of Attainment

A record of recognised learning that may contribute towards a VET qualification.

Statement of Results

A set of documents that states a student’s VCE or VCAL results, and whether the relevant certificate has been awarded.

structured workplace learning (SWL)

On-the-job training that allows VET students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations.


The subjects available in the VCE.

study score

A score between 0 and 50, showing how a student performed in a VCE study or scored VCE VET program, relative to all other students. Calculated using the scores achieved in each of the graded assessments for the study – two for VCE VET and three for VCE.

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute

Offers a range of vocational tertiary courses up to the level of advanced diploma.

units (VCAL)

Accredited units in Literacy and Numeracy Skills, Industry Specific Skills, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills.

units (VCE)

The parts of a study in the VCE. There are usually four units in a study.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

Manages the VCE and VCAL.

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

Victoria’s education and training regulator.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

Calculates and distributes the ATAR and processes tertiary entrance applications.