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 available.
COVID-19 has created unique challenges and uncertainties, but exam preparations are on track. A student information sheet on What you need to know about 2020 exams is available.
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:
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.
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:
Practising with past exam papers:
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:
What can’t you take into your exam:
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.
Derived exam ratings will be applied to determine your results, if it is accepted that you are sick or experience an emergency and can’t attend your exam (in whole or in part).
For more information about derived exam ratings, see the information sheet on Student Results using Derived Exam Ratings.