GAT date rescheduled for class of 2021
THE State Government has announced the GAT (General Achievement Test) has been rescheduled to be held onÂ Tuesday, October 5 from 10am - 1.15pm, subject to public health advice.
“The revised GAT date will enable students time to prepare properly, and time for schools to ensure the required infection control routines are in place,” said Mansfield Secondary College principal, Timothy Hall.
“It is very close to the final exams, which start with the English exam on Wednesday, October 27.
“Our students are very well prepared, with most units on track to complete coursework by the end of this term.Â
“This is consistent with our non-COVID timelines, and allows students time to revise key concepts in the early weeks of term four prior to external assessments.”
All examinations, onsite school-based assessments and the GAT will be conducted with extra health precautions in place - like the use of face masks, enhanced cleaning of exam spaces and smaller than usual group sizes to allow students to be physically distanced.
Students who are unwell at the time of an assessment will be required to get tested and return home to isolate, and a Derived Examination Score will be calculated if a rescheduled assessment is not possible.
“We are conscious of the anxiety levels of students and are being proactive in terms of reaching out and providing support structures where possible,” said Mr Hall.
“If parents know of students struggling, then please can they reach out to the college so that we can support them.”
In light of the continued disruption to the 2021 school year, the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage will apply to students completing one or more scored unit 3-4 subjects in 2021 - giving students certainty that the only thing counting towards their score is their hard work.
Consistent with the approach in 2020, the process will consider the individual impact of coronavirus on each student including school closures, students’ health impact, remote learning and mental health challenges - and will use data like the GAT, other assessment and school comparisons to calculate final VCE results.