June 21, 2023

General Achievement Test (GAT)

The GAT returned to its usual time slot in June, held last week in the school gym on Thursday 15 June. This included all Year 12 Vocational Major students and all VCE University Pathway students along with any Year 11 student studying a Unit 3 and 4 sequence of study.

All students completed Section A which included Literacy (Writing and Reading) and Numeracy from 9 am – 11.15 am to assess their proficiency in Literacy and Numeracy against the new standards and the results will appear on each student’s end of year statement of results. The standards will indicate whether students have demonstrated the literacy and numeracy skills typically expected of someone completing their secondary schooling – giving another indication of their readiness to move onto further education, training, or employment.

Section B was completed by all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 sequence from 1.15 pm – 3 pm and it is a test of general knowledge and skills in maths, science, technology, the arts and humanities.

As per previous years this part of the GAT results will be used to help calculate a student’s Derived Examination Score for any student whose exam performance is affected by illness, accident, or personal trauma. The GAT results are also used to help validate the accuracy of school based and external assessments. We always encourage students to strive for their personal best in completing the GAT, putting in a 100% effort, just as they would for a SAC or exam.

Michelle Roberts