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These are some of the terms used throughout Where to Now? and how they relate to the VCE, VCAL and VET

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

This is the overall ranking on a scale of 0.00 to 99.95 that you receive, based on your study scores. The ATAR is calculated by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) and is used by universities and TAFE institutes to select students for their courses.

Department of Education and Training (DET)

The Victorian Government department that administers school education, apprenticeships and traineeships.

General Achievement Test (GAT)

The test that is completed by all students studying a VCE Unit 3 and 4 study or a scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 study.


What you are expected to know and be able to do by the time you have finished a VCE unit.

Registered training organisation (RTO)

An institution that has been approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver and issue VET qualifications.

Satisfactory completion

This means you have achieved the outcomes for the unit. You receive an S for the satisfactory completion of the unit. If you do not satisfactorily complete the unit, you receive an N for it.

School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) is an apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by a student enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL), with at least one day per week timetabled to be spent on the job or in training during the normal school week.


Half the academic year. A semester is around 20 weeks in length (across two school terms). Most units last for one semester. In the VCE, Unit 3 is completed in the first semester and Unit 4 is completed in the second semester.

Statement of Attainment

A record of recognised learning that may contribute towards a qualification in the VET sector.

Statement of Results

A set of documents that formally states the results you received in the VCE or VCAL, and whether you have been awarded the relevant certificate.


The subjects available in the VCE.

Study score

A score between 0 and 50, showing how you performed in a VCE study or scored VCE VET program, relative to all other students doing that same study. It is calculated using the scores achieved in each of the three graded assessments for the study.

Technical and Further Education (TAFE)

TAFE institutes offer a range of mainly vocational tertiary education courses up to the level of advanced diploma.

Units (VCAL)

Accredited units in Literacy and Numeracy Skills, Industry Specific Skills, Personal Development Skills and Work Related Skills that contribute towards the VCAL.

Units (VCE)

The parts of a study in the VCE. There are usually four units in a study: Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

The Victorian government agency responsible to the Minister for Education for the management of the VCE and VCAL.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

This refers to nationally recognised VET qualifications.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

VTAC is responsible for calculating and distributing the ATAR and for processing student applications for tertiary entrance to universities, TAFE institutes and independent tertiary colleges.


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