Graded Assessments, Ranks & Study Scores
All VCE studies have three graded assessments for each Unit 3 and 4 sequence. One graded assessment will be for Unit 3 coursework (SACs), which is assessed by your teachers at school. The second graded assessment is for Unit 4 coursework (also assessed by your teachers) whereas the third graded assessment is the external exam. Scored VCE VET studies have two graded assessments for each Unit 3 and 4 sequence. VCAL units do not have graded assessments.
SACs and Ranks
Which SACs you have to complete depends on the subject and your teacher
i.e. these assessments vary across the state. As there are differences in school marking and assessment difficulty, school marks are adjusted to be on the same scale as the exam marks (moderation).
Your SAC marks are used to determine your relative position or rank in each subject at your school.
The student who obtained the highest SAC marks in a subject will receive the highest rank of 1. The student who obtained the fifth highest SAC marks in a subject will be ranked as number 5. These rank orders are used to determine the moderated SAC marks, which are used to calculate your study scores.
As there are differences in exam difficulty from year to year, examination marks are modified to a predefined distribution (standardisation).
The graded assessments in a subject are added together by VCAA in a defined ratio to produce a raw study score.
A study score indicates how you performed in a study in relation to all other students who took the same study.