Unit 3 / 4 Trail Exams
The unit 3/4 trial exams are an essential part of the Year 12 program Damascus College offers and is compulsory for all students completing Unit 3 and 4 subjects. The trial exams allow students to prepare for the assessments of their VCAA October/November examinations and provide students the opportunity to look at the timing and knowledge for each subject’s exam. Students are then familiar with the VCAA exam process allowing them to be more relaxed come the end of year exams. The exams will be assessed and feedback given to the students. Results may also be used by teachers to assist indicative grade calculations that are required to be submitted to VCAA. Indicative grade scores are used by VCAA to assist with calculating a derived exam score should it be needed.
The trial exams will be held on Wednesday September 25 and Thursday September 26 in week one and Tuesday October 1 to Thursday October 3 in week two of the term 3 holidays.
This format aims to simulate what the end of year exams will be like, allowing students to adequately prepare for each trial exam. The format will also give students some opportunity to rest and be fresh for the start of Term four. Damascus would encourage students to use the two weeks as revision and exam preparation time. The College asks that "family" holidays, while tempting, should not be considered for this coming break.
Term 3 Holidays tend to have Exam revision sessions available through external providers. Damascus College would also encourage students to attend these as they form an integral component of the revision process leading up to their exams. ACU Ballarat offers an English, Mathematical Methods and Further Mathematics revision lecture which is free to students. They have advised this is occurring on Tuesday the 1st of October. Further information about registration will be given closer to the date. But all students would be encouraged to attend and can reschedule exams as required. If there are other revision lectures students would specifically like to attend but it clashes with one of the trial exams, students need to see Matthew Hallowell to organise for the trial exam to be rescheduled. Damascus College’s expectation is that all students complete all of their trial exams.
A note as well VCAA has released the VCE end of year exam timetable which can be found at this link: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/administration/Key-dates/Pages/VCE-exam- timetable.aspx
Please find Damascus Colleges’ trial exams timetable below.