General Achievement Test

If you are studying a Unit 3 & 4 sequence (Year 12 subject) you will sit the GAT.  

  • Next GAT date: Wednesday 11th June 2014

The General Achievement Test is a test of GENERAL knowledge and skills in:

  • written communication
  • maths, science and technology
  • humanities, the arts and social sciences

Can you Study for the GAT?

You can get a good idea of the questions by looking at previous GAT papers on the VCAA website, click here.  You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with these questions.

What is the GAT for?

The VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) will use students’ GAT scores as a basis for:

  • contributing to statistical moderation of school-assessed coursework
  • reviewing school assessments in school-assessed tasks
    • Mmm… let’s see if I can explain it simply… if one school’s tests (coursework) are more difficult than another school’s then results can be adjusted – making it fairer – they do this by cross-referencing the results in the GAT and results in the school’s tests
  • checking the accuracy of examination marking
  • calculating the Derived Examination Score

Derived Examination Scores and the GAT

  • A student whose performance on an examination is affected by the onset of illness, accident or personal trauma may apply for a Derived Examination Score.
  • All Derived Examination Score applications are assessed by a trained, external panel.
  • If a Derived Examination Score application is approved, a student’s GAT scores will be used in the Derived Examination Score calculations.
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