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Scored assessment in VCE VET programs

Selected VCE VET programs have a study score component based on the designated Units 3 and 4 sequence of their program. For scored VCE VET programs, the study score is calculated using assessments of each students levels of performance. Judgments about each student's level of performance are based on evidence from two sources:

  • school-assessed coursework – a set of coursework tasks set by the assessor
  • an examination set by the VCAA.

It is important to note that:

  • The Units 3 and 4 sequences of VCE VET programs are not designed as stand-alone studies. Students are strongly advised against undertaking the Units 3 and 4 sequence without first completing Units 1 and 2.
  • The same assessment regime (i.e. scored coursework tasks) should be used for all students regardless of their senior secondary certificate enrolment.
  • Where a student does not wish to receive a study score or any grade for a VCE VET program, the school will need to enter 'NA' for the three tasks on VASS. That student does not undertake the examination.

The requirements to achieve a study score for each scored VCE VET program are published on the designated webpage for that program (listed below).

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VCE VET Programs with a study score

The following VCE VET programs have a study score available to students undertaking the relevant Units 3 and 4 sequence:

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ATAR Contribution for scored VCE VET programs

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is calculated by he Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), subject to satisfactory completion of the VCE and using the study scores students have received for their VCE studies.

The contribution of a scored VCE VET program is as follows:

  • Any contribution to the ATAR is subject to satisfactory completion of the designated Units 3 and 4 sequence.
  • The study score will contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.
  • A contribution to the ATAR is subject to receiving a study score
  • Students may choose not to receive a study score; however, in that case they will not be eligible for any ATAR contribution from the Units 3 and 4 sequence of that scored VCE VET program.

For further information on the contribution of scored VCE VET programs to the ATAR, refer to theVTAC website

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Materials for scored assessment for VCE VET programs

VCE VET Assessment Guide

The VCE VET Assessment Guide is for all VCE VET scored programs and contains background information relating to VCE VET study scores. It contains an overview of study score assessment, the process of integrating study scores with competency based assessment and detailed advice regarding the development and assessment of coursework tasks. The Assessment Guide also contains generic templates, scoring criteria and other coursework assessment records.

Frameworks for task types

These frameworks have been prepared as a guide to outline the fundamental information required to complete each of the four task types available for assessment of scored VCE VET programs:

VCE VET Program-specific assessment advice

Program specific assessment advice for VCE VET scored programs is published annually on the webpages for VCE VET programs. This information is updated to reflect changes in units of competency/modules contained within the VCE Units 3–4 sequence.

Assessment plans

An Assessment plan is a table that lists all units of competency/modules that comprise the students Units 3 and 4 sequence and maps them against the three selected assessment tasks.

Assessment Plans for all students undertaking scored assessment must be developed within the guidelines described on pages 7–13 of the VCE VET Assessment Guide (pdf - 474kb) and entered on the VASS by ENROLMENT 4 deadline. (See Important Administrative Dates for current information regarding ENROLMENT dates.)

Assessment plan templates and samples can be found on each of the individual program pages.

Scoring criteria

Each of the four task types have specific scoring criteria. Assessment of the student’s level of performance on school-assessed coursework is based on using the scoring criteria to determine the level of performance on a task. Each criterion has a set of descriptors and a numerical rating scale of 1–5. On this scale, 1 represents the Base performance, 3 is a Medium performance, and 5 is a High performance. The minimum possible score for a task is 5 and the maximum is 25.

VET Coursework assessment records (VCARs)

Assessments are recorded on three separate VCARs for each student. Details on how to record coursework assessments are provided on page 22 of the VCE VET Assessment Guide (pdf - 474kb).

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State reviewers

The VCAA appoints state reviewers who are program specialists and are closely involved in the assessment process.

State reviewers can provide assistance and advice with regard to delivery schedules and design of coursework tasks for scoring purposes.

State reviewer details, including contact information, is located on the VET contacts page.


Students undertaking a scored VCE VET program will undertake an externally set and assessed examination during the end-of-year examination period.

The examination specifications and advice for each of the scored VCE VET programs as well as past examination papers and assessment reports, can be found on the examinations webpage.

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Scored assessment reform project


The VCAA VET unit would like to hear from interested teachers and trainers that would be prepared to trial the revised VCE VET assessment requirements for scored assessment in 2019. Teachers will be required to trial the revised arrangements with all students from their Assessing Group. Pilot groups will be supported and monitored throughout the trial. Planning workshops for Pilot groups will be held in December and January. Please register your interest by emailing vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au

VCE VET Scored Assessment Task Type Review

The VCE VET Scored Assessment Task Type Review Project aims to provide:

  • Simplification and Clarification of the VCE VET Scored Assessment Task Rules
  • Consistency and Quality to achieve better assessment and audit outcomes
  • Flexibility to enable units of competency (UoC) to be assessed by at least two different task types.

Consultation with approximately 300 VCE VET trainers during 2017-2018 has informed the revision of the Task Types. The proposed new Task Types will include:

  • increased flexibility to improve addressing assessment requirements of UOC’s
  • revised assessment time that corresponds to individual programs and the type of assessment used to gather sufficient and appropriate evidence
  • additional supporting documents for assessors.

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Professional development – scored assessment workshops

The VCE VET scored assessment workshops are held annually in March for teachers and assessors of scored VCE VET programs.

Details about the workshops, including registration information are provided on the VCE VET professional development webpage.