27 August 2020

Practice GAT - Friday September 4th

Article by Mr Michael Brown

Practice GAT - Friday September 4th

As part of Unit 3/ 4 VCE studies, all students undertaking a 3/4 VCE sequence of studies in 2020 are required to undertake the VCAA General Achievement Test (GAT). GAT results are used to check that student VCE external assessments and School based Assessments have been accurately and fairly assessed. The GAT is used in these checks because its results are a good predictor of final assessments for VCE studies. If a student has done well in the GAT, they are likely to do well in their external assessments and School-based Assessments.

As part of our preparations for this test in 2020, all students who are required to complete the GAT will undertake a practice GAT written paper on Friday 4th of September starting at 10:45. This practice GAT written paper will be conducted via the College’s learning platform Canvas in English groups for Year 12 students and two specially formed groups for Year 11 students including any VCAL students undertaking a VET course that has an externally assessed component. The written practice paper will be externally graded, with the grades provided back to students prior to the end of Term 3.

The multiple choice component of the practice GAT will be also delivered via the Canvas learning platform. Students will need to set aside a continuous two-hour block of time to complete these questions which must be submitted by September 11th. The time chosen to complete these questions is at the discretion of the individual student, however, they should not be completed during any timetabled lesson times.

Students will have an opportunity to unpack their practice papers and seek further assistance to prepare for the formal GAT on Wednesday October 7th. While this practice GAT will not count towards any final grade generation, it is vitally important in the preparation of students for the actual GAT paper this year given the COVID-19 impact on, and interruptions to, student assessment performance and results in VCAA subjects delivered at this level.

The Principal, Mr. Exton, has strongly endorsed the provision of this practice GAT written paper on September 4th and subsequent time spent undertaking the multiple choice component and has requested this activity be organised for all students doing a Unit 3/4 subject in 2020.

Should you wish to discuss these arrangements further or seek more information about the GAT itself, please contact Mr. Brown, VCE Coordinator via the email: brownm2@ignatius.vic.edu.au

We are pleased to be able to provide this invaluable preparation for our VCE students and will send home a Care Monkey notification early next week to ensure parent and guardian support for this initiative.

Michael Brown VCE Coordinator