From the Head of Senior College

Semester 1 Examinations and the GAT

As outlined by Mrs Tsai Bove, all Year 12 students in Victoria and all Year 11 VCE students who are undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, are scheduled to sit for the GAT (General Achievement Test) on Wednesday 14 June.

The GAT is a single 3-hour test consisting of multiple parts – 2 writing tasks and 70 multiple choice questions. It is scheduled within the hours of 9.15am – 1.30pm; this timing is crucial and allows for placing students in strict examination number order and checking of equipment prior to entry into the examination rooms. The GAT tests students’ general knowledge and skills in: written communication; mathematics, science and technology; and, humanities, the arts and social sciences.

The GAT is used as a means to check VCE external assessments against school-based assessments and is also used to compare IB performance against VCE performance; it is the basis by which a conversion of overall IB is made into an ATAR.

Our Years 10 and 11 students have their Semester 1 examinations scheduled in the week of Monday 5 June through to Friday 9 June. Our Years 10 and 11 Co-ordinators and the Pastoral Mentors will be providing guidance on getting organised in preparation for the examinations and on how to “work smart”. Further information on the timing of the Semester examinations will be forwarded shortly to students and families by the Year Level Co-ordinators.

Many students will have commenced their own revision and our Year 10s will no doubt draw on the tips provided by Elevate Education and summarised by Mrs Ruckert.

In addition, I am providing the following summary of advice to assist in reducing anxiety prior to, and during, examinations:

Recommended conditions for Study

  • Adequate light, ventilation, comfortable working temperature and space
  • Use of a consistent workplace
  • Sit on a comfortable chair at a desk or table
  • Keep both noise and visual distractions to a minimum
  • Work while you are “fresh”, not when tired


  • Physical fitness is important in order to work well
  • Proper food, exercise and leisure are essential
  • Adequate sleep is a must


  • Plan your study time; not only WHEN you will study, but WHAT and HOW you will study
  • Do not sit down to study and then try to decide what you will do – this is a sure way of wasting valuable time
  • Work out a study timetable, allotting time fairly so that each subject is well covered – this will overcome the tendency to spend too much time on any one subject at the expense of others
  • Break study time into blocks allowing for 5 – 10 minutes break after each hour
  • Use an efficient reading method, for example the SQ3Rs Method – Survey, Question, Read, Recall, and Review

With kind regards to all families,



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