TEST ASKS STUDENTS ‘WEIRD’ QUESTIONS
VCE success could in part hinge on what students know about surf wax, car songs, and the origins of the word “huh”.
More than 80,000 students sat the General Achievement Test on Wednesday, which will this year be relied on more than ever to validate remote learning results.
The 43-page test, with 70 questions and two writing tasks, asked students to consider why “huh” was used in so many languages.
Pupils analysed information about cars, including through songs by The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Queen, driverless vehicles or carbon emissions.
Other questions drew on quotes from well-known writers DH Lawrence and Mark Twain, asking students to interpret their meaning.
One maths question that baffled many involved a table showing the components of different brands of surf wax called Grippy.
Gleneagles Secondary student Jess Fitzgerald said “there were a few weird questions”.
“There was one about surf wax, one about pH solutions, plastic cogs you could spin — it was a little bit weird,” the 17-year-old said.
“I thought it would be similar to NAPLAN but it was really abstract.”
Students wore masks during the three-hour test — which Jess said “a lot of kids did struggle with ” — and sat 1.5m apart.
“I actually liked having more space,” Jess said. “We got to spread out and when I put my head back my hair wasn’t touching anyone’s table.
“It was so good to do the GAT, I thought I’d lose my focus in 30 seconds but I’m not so worried about the other exams now.”
The next all-in exam will be English on November 10, while language and performance exams begin next week.