2020 10 Jun

GAT (General Achievement Test)

10am to 1.15pm (Student Free Day for those not involved in the GAT)

The GAT is compulsory for all students completing a unit 3/4 VCE subject and unit 3/4 VCE-VET subject. It will be held in Building 4 Level 2 from 10:00am to 1:15pm.

For students not involved in the GAT it is also a STUDENT FREE DAY. 

The VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) is about to conduct the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Tuesday June 7, 2016 between 10:00am and 1:15pm.  The GAT is compulsory for any student undertaking at least one Unit 3/4 sequence (this includes some students doing a second year VETiS program).  It will be held at Damascus College in Building 4 on Level 2. It is imperative that your son/daughter arrives well before the start time of the GAT in order to make a smooth and stress free entry into the exam hall.
Students will granted entry into the exam hall at approximately 9.40am. 

The 3 hour GAT, along with an additional 15 minutes reading time, has three components:
Written communication 
Mathematics, Science and Technology 
Humanities, the Arts and Social Sciences.

Your son or daughter has received a pamphlet which explains in some detail the structure of the GAT and the way it may be used in terms of your child’s assessment.  The GAT can be viewed as an insurance policy in that it is used to verify the reliability of a student’s school based work and end of year exams.  It is also used in the case of a student being unable to sit for an exam and still wanting a score for that subject. The GAT pamphlet can also be viewed through this link; http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/GAT/GATbrochure.pdf 

No preparation can be done or is required for the GAT and students are strongly encouraged to attempt the test to the best of their ability.  However, it will help students to familiarise themselves with the style and format of the paper.  Samples from past years, with solutions, are available from the VCAA website; www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/gat/gat.aspx .

Students are required to stay in the exam hall for the duration of the GAT. Therefore they should utilise the full time the test allows to complete the GAT to the best of their ability. 

There are a few rules to be mindful of in the GAT.  A clear plastic label-free water bottle, no larger than 1.5 litre, is permitted in the exam room.  A printed dictionary is allowed and students are asked to bring a pen, pencil and eraser.  Food is not allowed nor is any electronic device (if a phone or smart watch is confiscated it will be retained for quite some time).

Students are expected to wear their Uniform.  Since it is a student free day, once the GAT concludes students are permitted to leave school.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Matthew Hallowell

VCE Coordinator