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Performance and Languages oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation

Updated June 2019

The assessment period for Performance and Languages oral examinations and the Extended Investigation oral presentation begins on the first day of Term 4. Schools are notified of specific times, dates and venues through the Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS).

Schools must tell each student the time, date and location of their assessment. Rural and regional students may need to travel to Melbourne.

Student identification requirements

Before entering the examination room, students need to show identification. This identification must consist of a clear photograph of the student and their full name. Acceptable documents include:

  • school ID card
  • public transport ID card
  • passport
  • driver’s licence.

Students should not wear school uniform to their assessment.

Students undertaking the oral component of a VCE languages examination will be required to state their student number in English.

Examination advice slip

Each student must be issued with an individual examination advice slip with the time, date and location of their assessment.

Two copies of the examination advice slip must be presented to a venue coordinator on arrival at the assessment venue. One copy will be retained by the venue coordinator. Students will present the other copy to the assessors prior to the start of their assessment.

The examination advice slip, along with additional exam-specific information, is available through VASS.

Examination specifications

Select your study area below for detailed information about the relevant performance or oral examination or oral presentation:

Dance*

Description of task

Students are required to present two solo dance works (Skills-Based Solo followed by Cohesive Composition Solo).

Time

Duration of each dance is between 2½ and 5 minutes. The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Statement of Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
  • A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
  • A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted.. It is not possible for you to perform to live accompaniment.
  • Another student will be permitted in the examination room to operate the sound system, if required.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to VCE Dance performance examination specification (pdf - 217.65kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Statement of Intention (components 1 and 2)

Drama

Description of task

Students are required to prepare a solo performance using one of the prescribed structures from the 2019 VCE Drama solo performance examination specification.

Time

Students are required to present a single uninterrupted performance with a maximum time of 7 minutes. Each student is allocated a total of 10 minutes for preparation, performance and clearing the examination room.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Statement of Intention (three copies).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for students to use in the performance, if required. A table will not be provided.
  • Additional props, if required, must be carried into the examination room, and set up and removed at the end of the examination by the student within the allocated time.
  • Students are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination venue.
  • Actual and imitation weapons are prohibited.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to VCE Drama: solo performance examination specification (pdf - 201.47kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Statement of Intention

Extended Investigation oral presentation

Description of task

Students are required to present their research and investigation findings to a panel of assessors, and respond to questions and challenges from the panel.

Time

  • The oral presentation, including the student response to panel questions and challenges, will be of 15–20 minutes total duration.
  • The oral presentation component will be 7−10 minutes.
  • The panel questions and student responses will be 8−10 minutes.

Conditions

  • The oral presentation will be assessed by two assessors.
  • Students may use presentation software and/or posters. Speaker notes are permitted.
  • No additional electronic media are permitted (for example, sound and video files).
  • No additional props are permitted (for example, laboratory equipment, costumes, scientific models or simulations).
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to Extended Investigation oral presentation specification (pdf - 107.8kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

Music Investigation*

Students are required to present a live performance in one of the following contexts:

  • as a member of a group

or

  • as a soloist.

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of at least four contrasting works that relate to the Investigation Topic that underpins their study in Units 3 and 4. Students must complete a Performer’s Statement outlining their Investigation Topic and its relationship to the performance program they have selected for the examination. At least one work in the program must be selected from either the current Prescribed List of Group Works or the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works as published on the VCAA website or be an approved Alternative Work.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet/Performer’s Statement.

Group students

Time

  • One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes
  • Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes
  • Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes
  • Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.

Conditions

  • Assessed performers may change instruments during the examination. Students will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during an examination.
  • Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in which they perform before participating in other groups as non-assessed performers.
  • There should only be one performer per musical part to ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly identified.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Sheet music may be used.
  • Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.
  • A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Solo students

Time

Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the VCAA student number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Different accompanists may accompany different works in the program.
  • If performing accompanied works, students must provide their own accompanist.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Sheet music may be used, except for Voice – Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular.
  • Page turners are not permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to:

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/focus statement (solo or group)

Music Performance*

Students are required to present a live performance in one of the following contexts:

  • as a member of a group

or

  • as a soloist.

Students must provide the following document at their examination:

  • Performance Examination Program Sheet.

Group students

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of at least four contrasting works that represent a range of styles and diversity of character. At least two works in the program must be selected from the Prescribed List of Group Works published on the VCAA website.

Time

  • One assessed performer – maximum of 25 minutes
  • Two or three assessed performers – maximum of 30 minutes
  • Four assessed performers – maximum of 35 minutes
  • Five or six assessed performers – maximum of 40 minutes.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during an examination.
  • Assessed performers will be assessed in the first group in which they perform before participating in other groups as non‑assessed performers.
  • There should only be one performer per musical part to ensure that the work of each assessed student can be clearly identified.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Students may use any equipment normally used by the group. No electronic mixing or adjusting of the sound by a person other than a student performer will be allowed during the performance.
  • Sheet music may be used.
  • Page turners will be regarded as non-assessed performers.
  • A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete a sound check/warm-up. Teachers and other personnel may assist in this activity.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Solo students

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance of works selected from the Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works published on the VCAA website. Details of examination and program requirements specific to each instrument, including the number of works to be performed, are published in the prescribed list.

Time

Duration of the task is a maximum of 25 minutes starting from the assessor’s announcement (for recording purposes) of the VCAA student number, instrument, date, time and venue.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment may only be assessed in one examination.
  • Assessed performers may change instruments during the examination in accordance with requirements for selected instruments.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • If performing accompanied works, students must provide their own accompanist.
  • Only one accompanist is permitted in the examination room at a time. Recorded accompaniments (backing tracks) may only be used as indicated in the prescribed list.
  • Students should tune their own instrument without assistance from any other person.
  • Students may use sheet music, except in the case of Voice – Classical and Voice – Contemporary Popular, where the complete program must be sung from memory.
  • Page turners are not permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to:

Theatre Studies

Description of task

Students are required to interpret a prescribed monologue from the current VCE Theatre Studies Monologue Examination document.
For the interpretation stage of the examination, students will choose either:

  • Acting and Direction

or

  • Design – any two of make-up, costume, set pieces, properties and sound.

The examination will be conducted in two stages:

  • Stage 1- Interpretation
  • Stage 2 – Interpretation Statement

The two stages of the monologue examination will be assessed against common criteria and a total combined mark will be awarded for both Stages 1 and 2.

Time

There will be 12 minutes for the entire examination. A timing device will be used during the examination.

  • Students will have a maximum of 2 minutes to set up the materials for the monologue examination.
  • It is recommended that Stage 1 – Interpretation does not exceed 6 minutes
  • Stage 2 – Interpretation Statement will follow Stage 1 without a break and, as a guide, should not exceed 2 minutes. If students are still undertaking their monologue examination at the 8-minute mark, they will be instructed to stop.
  • The remaining 2 minutes should be used to pack away materials, return the examination room to its original state and exit the room.

Students must provide the following document at the end of their examination:

  • Interpretation Statement (one copy).

Conditions

  • Two chairs will be provided in the examination room for students to use if they wish. A table will not be provided.
  • Additional props, if required, must be carried into the examination room, set up and removed at the end of the examination by the student within the allotted time.
  • Students are not permitted to bring any objects or substances deemed hazardous or illegal into the performance examination venue.
  • Actual or imitation weapons are prohibited.
  • The use of multimedia, including a data projector or folios, will not be permitted in the stagecraft examination.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to Theatre Studies monologue specification (pdf - 171.32kb)

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Interpretation statement

 

VCE First Language

Languages oral component (Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese and Vietnamese First Languages)

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. However, students will provide their student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Presentation (approximately 5 minutes)

  • Students are required to present an issue relating to the option selected for detailed study (Language and Culture through Literature and the Arts).
  • Students may support their presentation with objects such as photographs, diagrams, maps and brief speaker’s notes.
  • Speaker’s notes must be in point form on one side of a cue card no more than 20 cm x 12.5 cm.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 5 minutes)

  • A discussion between the student and the assessors will focus on aspects of the nominated issue.

For further information refer to the relevant language.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

VCE Second Language

Languages oral component

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. However, students will provide their student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

  • A conversation between the student and two assessors will cover topics about their personal world.

Section 2: Discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

  • A discussion will focus on the subtopic chosen for the student’s detailed study.
    Students may support their discussion with objects such as photographs, diagrams and maps.
  • Notes and cue cards are not permitted.

For further information refer to the relevant language.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

VCE Chinese Language, Culture and Society

Languages oral component

Conditions

  • The oral examination will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The oral examination will be conducted in the language being assessed. However, students will provide their student number in English.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audio recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation (approximately 7 minutes)

  • A conversation between the student and two assessors will cover topics about their personal world.

Section 2: Presentation and discussion (approximately 8 minutes)

  • Students will provide a two-minute description in Chinese of an item they have brought in the examination, such as a picture, cartoon or artefact, that relates to the prescribed topics of the Chinese Language strand.
  • Students will then respond in Chinese to a series of simple questions from the assessors about the item.
  • Notes and cue cards are not permitted.

For further information refer to the examination specifications (pdf - 174.84kb).

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

Auslan Interactive Sign Examination

Conditions

  • The examination will be conducted by three assessors (one assessor conducts the examination while the other two assess).
  • Students are required to sign their VCAA student number.
  • Dictionaries and electronic communication devices are not permitted.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

Description of task

Section 1: Conversation and discussion (approximately 7 minutes)

  • A conversation between the student and one assessor will cover topics of their personal world. It will be followed by an informal discussion on one or more of these areas.

Section 2: Presentation and response (approximately 8 minutes)

  • Following the conversation and discussion the student will indicate to the assessors the topic chosen for presentation and response from their area of interest. Students may support their presentation (3 minutes) and response (5 minutes) with objects such as photographs, diagrams and maps.
  • Notes and cue cards are not permitted.
  • Following the presentation students will respond to questions raised by the assessors.

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet

VET Dance*

Description of task

Students are required to perform two solo dances learnt from the dance repertoire of a choreographer/teacher. Each solo dance should be presented as a single live uninterrupted performance in a distinct style.

Time

Duration of each dance is between 2 and 5 minutes.

The two dances will be performed approximately 45 minutes apart.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement (three copies).

Conditions

  • The performance spaces are covered with a tarkett that provides a non-slip surface of approximately 9 m x 14 m.
  • A sound system will be supplied at the examination venues.
  • A small stereo playback unit with 3.5 mm mini-jack input lead will be supplied at examination venues by the VCAA for students using devices such as MP3 players (for connection to headphone output). CDs will not be permitted. It is not possible for students to perform to live accompaniment.
  • Another student will be permitted in the examination room to operate the sound system if required.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made.

For further information refer to the VET Dance performance examination specification (pdf - 136.31kb).

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/Industry statement (components 1 and 2)

VET Music*

Description of task

Students are required to present a live performance, either as a single performer (as a solo performance or as the only assessed performer within a music group), or in a music group of between two and 10 performers.

Time

  • Solo performance – 25 minutes
  • Single performer being assessed within a group – 25 minutes
  • Two or three performers being assessed within a group –30 minutes
  • Four or five performers being assessed within a group –35 minutes
  • Six performers (maximum) being assessed within a group –45 minutes
  • A maximum of 30 minutes will be allowed for groups to set up and complete any required sound-check/warm-up activities.

Students must provide the following documents at their examination:

  • Performance Program Sheet and Industry Statement.

Conditions

  • Students presenting for assessment will be assessed on all instruments (including voice) on which they perform during the examination.
  • The sound volume during the examination must be within the limits prescribed by health and safety regulations as ‘safe’. The examination may be stopped if the assessors deem the volume of the performance to be at dangerous levels.
  • Students must bring their own instrument/s to the performance. An acoustic piano will be provided if required. All other equipment, including PA systems, amplifiers and music stands, must be provided by the student.
  • An audiovisual recording will be made

For further information refer to the VET Music peformance examination specification (pdf - 136.51kb).

Documentation

  • Examination advice slip
  • Student information booklet
  • Performance program sheet/industry statement

*Works presented for assessment in one VCE/VET study cannot be presented for assessment in another VCE/VET study.