These exams are administered by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA). In order to ensure fairness to all students there are strict rules and regulations that VCAA apply to these exams.


Students and schools across the state must abide by the same rules. Failure to abide by these rules can result in individual students not receiving a score for their examination(s), groups of students / studies receiving a derived score for their exams and / or students being moved to another examination centre.

Frequently asked questions:

What if I am sick on the day of the exam?
If you are sick you are still required to attend and (possibly) attempt the exam. The examination supervisors can complete a Derived Examination Score (DES) application explaining your symptoms. In order to do this you must be at the examination centre.  You will also need to provide a medical certificate. If the application is approved VCAA will calculate a score based on your GAT results.

What if I am running late?
Call the school as soon as possible. Arrangements can be made to make sure you arrive for the exam. You may be eligible to be given an extension of time if the exam supervisors and school principal agree that your reasons for being late are serious and unavoidable. Sleeping in or forgetting the date and time are not valid excuses! Call the school as soon as you realise you will be late.

When should I arrive at school for an exam?
Arrive at least 30mins prior to the start of the exam. Be at the exam room at least 20mins before the start of reading time.

What if something happens during the exam period that makes it difficult for me to do my best? eg Death in the family, extreme personal hardship etc. Call the school as soon as possible. An emergency Special Examination Arrangements (SEA’s) or Derived Examination Score (DES) application can be completed and you may be eligible for your circumstances to be taken into consideration by VCAA. In these cases some additional evidence may be required.

What can I take into the exam?
See the table below