General Achievement Test (GAT)
All students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE VET subject sat the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday this week. The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in writing, numeracy and reasoning. These are very broad areas, but each of them represents a body of general knowledge and skills that students are likely to have built up through their school years. Students will have prepared for the GAT in their past study of subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and History.
The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment process. Although GAT results do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results, they play an important role in checking that school-based and external assessments are accurate, and in calculating Derived Examination Scores. Achievement on the GAT is a good predictor of achievement on other assessments. If students have done well on the GAT, then their achievements are likely to be high on their school-based and external assessments.
Clearly, some GAT questions relate more closely to achievement in particular studies. The VCAA takes account of this when calculating students’ expected achievements in each study area for each school. For example, GAT results in Mathematics, Science and Technology play only a minor part in calculating students’ expected achievements in Humanities studies.
The VCAA will use students’ GAT scores as a basis for:
- contributing to statistical moderation of school-based assessment results
- checking the accuracy of external assessment marking
- calculating the Derived Examination Scores.
Bus trial arrangements
The bus trial conducted over the last four weeks has provided valuable insight into the logistics and challenges of transportation in and around the School. In conjunction with other agencies involved in the trial, we have been very pleased with the improved safety for bus travellers and those using the York Street exit. I believe we still face some challenges with the pickup location in Dawson Street. Forty kilometre limit signs will be placed in Dawson Street and some modifications are planned for the McGhee Street and Raglan Street intersection. I would appreciate any feedback from parents about the trial and any suggestions would be helpful as we continue to address this issue. We have been advised by the Wellington Bus Network that the pickup of students by buses in McGhee Street will continue. We will make some alterations to pickup arrangements in Term 3 after we have received further feedback. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your important feedback.
Monash Scholars is a prestigious program for high achieving secondary school students offered by Monash University to give high potential students a unique head start into university life. It seeks to provide opportunities for personal and academic development, gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right study choices and enables them to build a network of peers, academic, and employment contacts. I congratulate Hannah Husodo, Faith O’Connor and Rebecca Strauss on their selection in this program.