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VCE VET programs scored assessment

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 student's level of performance.

Judgments about each student's level of performance are based on 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 (that is, scored coursework tasks) should be used for all students regardless of their senior secondary certificate enrolment
  • if 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.

VCE VET programs with a study score

VCE VET programs with a study score are available to students who undertake the relevant Units 3 and 4 sequence.

For most programs, with the exception of Dance and Music Industry (Music Performance), a study score consists of:

  • three coursework tasks worth 66 per cent of the overall study score
  • an end-of-year examination worth 34 per cent of the overall study score.

Eligible VCE VET programs

ATAR contribution for scored VCE VET programs

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is calculated by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

ATAR is subject to satisfactory completion of the VCE and uses the study scores students have received for their VCE studies or VCE VET programs.

The ATAR contribution to 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 primary four studies or as a fifth or sixth study
  • 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, visit VTAC — Study rules.

Materials for scored assessment for VCE VET programs

The VCAA reviewed the school-based assessment component of scored assessment, it is expected that the new model will deliver significant improvements in the quality of VCE VET school-based assessed coursework tasks, and better usage of the assessment task types across all VCE VET scored programs.

The revised VCE VET Scored Assessment task types are to be implemented from 2020.

Task type overview New!

Download the A3 summary of the new task type rules.

VCE VET Assessment Guide – Revised version!

The VCE VET Assessment Guide is for all VCE VET scored programs.

It contains:

  • background information relating to VCE VET study scores
  • an overview of study score assessment
  • the process for integrating study scores with competency-based assessment
  • detailed advice regarding the development and assessment of coursework tasks
  • generic templates
  • scoring criteria
  • coursework assessment records.

Download the revised VCE VET Assessment Guide (coming soon).

Assessment templates for task types – New!

Templates are available for each task type. Templates assist with the design and development of the coursework task and contain: instructions for a structured assessment activity, clear guidance and support to students, scoring criteria, mapping and key due dates.

Download: Portfolio, Product, Work Performance, Industry Project

Frameworks for task types – Revised version!

These frameworks are a guide to outline the fundamental information required to complete each of the four task types available for assessment of scored VCE VET programs. Version two of these frameworks have been amended to incorporate the new task type rules:

Download: Portfolio, Product, Work Performance, Industry Project

VCE VET assessment advice

Assessment plans

An assessment plan is a table that lists all units of competency that comprise the student's 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 in the VCE VET Assessment Guide. The assessment plan is entered on the VASS by the last day for VET Assessment Plans.

To find current important administrative dates, see the administrative dates page.

Assessment plans are available for download on relevant VCE VET programs page.

Scoring criteria

Each of the four task types have specific scoring criteria.

The student's level of performance on school-assessed coursework is assessed 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
  • 5 is a high performance.

The minimum possible score for a task is 5 and the maximum is 25.

Download the Criteria for scoring template.

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 the design of coursework tasks for scoring purposes.

State reviewer details, including contact information, are located on each program page.


Students undertaking a scored VCE VET program will sit an externally set and assessed examination at the end of the school year.

The examination specifications, sample materials, past examination papers and assessment reports for each of the scored VCE VET programs are found on the VCE VET examination specifications, past examinations and reports page.

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.

For workshop details, including registration information, see Professional learning.

A downloadable resource from the professional development workshops held in March 2020 can be found below. The content included will be discussed in the upcoming May 2020 webinar.

2020 Scored Assessment Workshop Presentation (published April 2020)