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Advice for students sitting for HSC VET examinations

Entry for Vocational Education and Training (VET) examinations

If you wish to sit the HSC examination in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) curriculum framework subject you must ensure you have been entered for the examination by your school. Students doing VET courses who want to receive an HSC mark (which can be counted towards the ATAR), must be entered for the relevant HSC examination, in addition to the 240-hour course.

Each year, a number of students arrive at school to sit a VET examination for which they have not been entered. In some cases, there are no papers available for them or even a presiding officer. This results in a delayed start to the examination. Often, the students in this situation were studying the VET course at the local TAFE.

If you are enrolled in a VET course and intend to sit for the examination, make sure your Year 12 adviser or other appropriate staff member at the school has entered you for the examination.

Check your course entry details on Students Online to ensure you have been correctly enrolled. If you find incorrect information about your VET examination arrangements you should immediately notify your school principal or Year 12 adviser, even if you are studying the course at TAFE.

Preparing for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) examination 

  • Board-approved calculators may be used in all of the VET examinations. Remember to bring your calculator to the examination to help you with questions that require calculations.
  • Be prepared to draw on your experiences in both the practical and theoretical aspects of the course. Examples from your work placement should be used to support your responses where appropriate. You must remember that VET courses have a practical basis and answers should include practical examples where applicable.
  • Where questions ask you to do calculations, make sure you show all your working. This way you can demonstrate to the marker that you understand the process to be followed, and the marker may be able to award some marks even if the final answer is incorrect.
  • Where stimulus material is provided in a question, it is meant to be used in the response. You should use information provided in drawings, tables or diagrams to answer the question. In Sections III and IV, a scenario or context may be provided. In answering the question, you must refer to the scenario.
  • Section III and Section IV include extended-response-style questions and require an answer that is of sufficient length to ensure you have covered all areas of the question and therefore maximise your mark potential. The length expected for an extended response question for 15 marks is approximately 600 words or four pages of a writing booklet.
  • The rubrics at the beginning of Section III list the criteria that your answer will be assessed on. It is particularly important to support your responses using relevant workplace examples and industry terminology. Take the time to read the questions carefully and plan your response.
  • In Section IV, where there may be questions on different streams, make sure you answer the question that is associated with the stream you have studied over the two-year course. Students who choose to answer from a stream they have not studied are disadvantaged because such responses lack depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of the relevant stream.
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