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TASC Level 3 and Level 4 courses include an externally assessed component which is managed by TASC. External assessment may be a written exam, oral assessment, practical assessment, a folio or project.

View the 2020 exam and assessment timetables.

The 2020 Student exam guide is now available.

Schools received printed copies of the guide for students sitting exams for the start of Term 4.

An information sheet on what you need to know about 2020 exams is now available.

 

COVID-19 has created unique challenges and uncertainties, but exam preparations are on track.

External assessments are going ahead. However, this year has shown all of us that nothing is certain. We have back-up plans ready and if things change, you will hear from us straight away.

Current public health measures to restrict potential spread of COVID-19 won’t substantially change how you experience your exams. You will need to follow the instructions given by Exam Supervisors, the signage at exam centres and bring your personal supplies needed to complete the exam (see Exam day).

Is my Exam Centre COVID-safe?

TASC is working with your school / Exam Centre to ensure that additional COVID-safe hygiene practices are in place including:

  • hygiene stations with hand sanitiser set up outside exam rooms
  • signage reminding you about COVID-safe practices and behaviours
  • physical distancing of desks for written exams in line with usual practice
  • cleaning of shared equipment such as desks and chairs, and high touch points in exam rooms between every exam
  • encouraging fresh airflow in exam rooms where possible, as long as this doesn’t create noise disturbance.

Do not attend your exam:

If you have hay fever symptoms – you need to follow advice on ‘Hay fever and COVID-19 symptoms’. Managing your hay fever symptoms is vital to ensure you can sit your exams. Get tested for COVID-19. Visit your GP to learn how to manage your symptoms and obtain a medical certificate to prove that while your eyes may be itchy, you’re still okay to sit your exams.

  • If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms – call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to request a COVID-19 test, or make an appointment with your own GP.
  • If you have had a COVID-19 test and are in isolation awaiting your COVID-19.

See Can’t attend exams? below for more information and the 2020 Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate.

 

It has been a really tough year, but adjustments and supports are in place to make sure your exams and assessments won’t be tougher than they need to be.

Your external assessments have been adjusted to reduce pressure on you, while continuing to allow you the opportunity to demonstrate the requirements of the course and receive results which are comparable with other students across Australia. Your TCE in 2020 will be just as meaningful and representative of your achievements as any other year.

Adjustments specific to 2020:

Existing adjustment processes:

Notice of Enrolment:

Each year in October, a Notice of Enrolment is issued to all candidates undertaking TASC accredited courses. This is printed on pink paper and MUST be taken to each exam.

The Notice of Enrolment has information about where you will sit each Level 3 or 4 TCE exam, including written, oral and practical exams. Usually this will be at your school or another exam centre nearby.

Students who have a timetable clash, are advised of their individual examination timetable changes on their Notice of Enrolment.

If you do not have a correct Notice of Enrolment prior to exams, you will need to speak with your TASC Liaison Officer who will print you a new one (preferably on pink paper).

If you do not have your Notice of Enrolment on the day of an exam, you will need to contact your TASC Liaison Officer (unless otherwise directed by your school) who will print a new one. You will not be given extra time for your exam to compensate for the time spent getting a new Notice of Enrolment.

TASC ID Code:

TASC ID CODE: Your TASC ID Code and your exam papers are on your allocated desk for each written exam.

You are given a TASC ID Code when you register with TASC. Your TASC ID Code will have two numbers, one letter, followed by five numbers. For example, 16K18367.

Your TASC ID Code is the only identification which is allowed on your external assessment material. Your name must not appear on any exam paper, folio, display or other work you submit for external assessment.

In the lead up to exams:

  • Develop a routine that works for you, that includes both your studies and what you most enjoy.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help. There are people who can assist you. Reach out to family, friends and your teachers or others at your school.
  • Keep up to date with the latest information, including talking with your teachers and registering to receive TASC information via email (including your results).
  • Feel confident about your end-of-year assessments, knowing you will have the opportunities and support needed to demonstrate your knowledge and to ultimately achieve your goals.

Practising with past exam papers:

  • Past exam papers are available for all current courses. To access exam papers, go to Courses and select your course. Scroll down and click the tab ‘Supporting documents including external assessment material’.
  • As TASC courses are typically accredited for a five-year period, a maximum of five exam papers are provided. For those courses recently accredited, exam papers from the previous course have been made available.

What if I need some support?

Don’t hesitate to ask for help. There are people who can assist you. Reach out to family, friends and your teachers or others at your school.
Teachers will be available at the beginning of every exam to support you. This includes making sure everyone is using COVID-safe behaviours and providing advice if you’ve arrived at your exam displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

View an information sheet on what you need to know about 2020 exams

View the 2020 Student exam guide

What to take into your exam:

  • Your Notice of Enrolment: You must take this with you to all your exams. This notice is printed on pink paper and shows the exams you are registered to complete and your TASC ID Code.
  • Writing equipment in a clear, sealable plastic bag, or clear pencil case: You must take your own writing implements such as pens, pencils and erasers.
  • Water: You may bring water in a clear plastic bottle up to a maximum of 1500 ml capacity, with no adhesive labels and a secure pop-top lid. You are not able to refill your water bottle during the exam, share it with others, or have any other type of drink (other than water).
  • Calculator: You may bring an officially approved calculator into some exams – check which exams and the type of calculator allowed in the Policy on Use of Calculators in Exams.
  • Dictionary/ies: You may bring a printed standard English (and/or an English/foreign language) dictionary/thesaurus into your exam for any course. Dictionaries cannot be annotated or highlighted in any way, including using stickers to mark a place.
  • Watch: You may bring a basic watch (not programmable / computerised watches) into your exam. You must remove your watch and place it at the top of the desk where it can be clearly seen by the Exam Supervisor.

What can’t you take into your exam:

  • Electronic equipment for communication or that can hold notes – e.g. mobile phones, laptop computers, iPads, tablets, programmable (computerised) watches and fitness trackers, music players, PDAs, or similar devices.
  • Electronic dictionaries and/or spell checkers.
  • Electronic storage media, such as USB drives, or other memory cards or storage devices.
  • Subject-specific reference books or dictionaries (ie Physics or Chemistry dictionaries) – see the allowable dictionaries above in ‘What to take into your exam’.
  • Recording devices of any kind, including cameras.
  • Notebooks, loose notes, papers, manuscripts, books – unless their use during the exam has been permitted.
  • Food or drinks (other than water) unless expressly given permission through TASC’s reasonable adjustments.

You must turn off and leave items you are not allowed to have during your exam in the area provided. Exam supervisors have the right to check any material brought into the exam room and remove any unauthorised material.

See the External Assessment Rules below for the full list of items not allowed.

All students taking external exams must follow the same rules. See External Assessment Rules.

The Authenticity and Academic Integrity Guide provides information on how you are to reference (cite) other people’s information, images, ideas or words used in your work and what you must do to show which parts of the work you hand in for assessment are yours, and which parts you have got from other people’s work.

All students are expected to observe the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the work they submit for assessment.

It is fine to use other people’s information, images, ideas or words (including material you get from the internet) in your own work but you must be clear and open about what you have used, whose material it was and where you got it from.

The use of a wide range of sources of information shows that you have undertaken good preparation and study. External markers reading or viewing your work must be able to clearly see what parts of it are your own work, and what parts you have used from other people’s work, and where you got the information.

If you hand in work that is not all your own work and you do not reference it appropriately, this is called plagiarism, which is a form of cheating.

If you are caught cheating, you risk the cancellation of your external results and possibly all of your results for the year, for both internally and externally assessed subjects.

If you can’t attend your exam because:

Students with cold or flu like symptoms or who are in isolation awaiting a COVID-19 test result are not to attend exams.

Students with hay fever symptoms are to follow the advice about getting tested for COVID-19, consulting a GP about managing your symptoms, and obtaining a certificate or letter so you can go back to school or attend your exams.

For more information, see Illness & emergency during exams.