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External assessment trials

To support the introduction of external assessment, QCAA conducted external assessment trials in a range of subjects. The trials gave schools and students the opportunity to become familiar with the use of subject-based external assessments, and enabled the QCAA to evaluate the effectiveness of its processes.

The trial assessments were:

  • developed in close consultation with subject experts drawn from schools, subject associations and universities
  • aligned to the existing syllabus and designed as an alternative to a task already being undertaken at participating schools
  • administered under secure conditions, and graded externally.

Results and reporting

Trial schools were provided with details of individual student achievement and cohort analysis at the end of each trial.

As the trials involved Year 11 formative assessments, there was no impact on a student’s Year 12 exit result in the subject.

Assessment instruments and subject reports

Subject Assessment instruments* Subject reports**
Semester 1, 2017 trial
English Question book (PDF, 134.1 KB)
Response book (PDF, 559.6 KB)
English (PDF, 2.3 MB)
French Question and response book (PDF, 690.2 KB)
Text 1 audio track (MP3, 961.0 KB)
Text 2 audio track (MP3, 2.8 MB)
French (PDF, 527.8 KB)
Japanese Question and response book (PDF, 762.3 KB)
Text 1 audio track (MP3, 2.3 MB)
Text 2 audio track (MP3, 2.0 MB)
Japanese (PDF, 692.6 KB)
Mathematics B Question and response book — Paper 1 (PDF, 2.0 MB)
Question and response book — Paper 2 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Multiple choice question book (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Formulae sheet (PDF, 213.9 KB)
Mathematics B (PDF, 3.6 MB)
Physical Education Question book (PDF, 600.8 KB)
Response book (PDF, 727.8 KB)
Physical Education (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Visual Art Question and response book (PDF, 1003.8 KB)
Stimulus book (PDF, 3.3 MB)
Black and white stimulus book (PDF, 1022.6 KB)
(for special provisions)
Visual Art (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Semester 2, 2016 trial
Economics Question book (PDF, 229.7 KB)
Response book (PDF, 370.9 KB)
Stimulus (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Economics (PDF, 280.0 KB)
Graphics Question and response book
(PDF, 3.6 MB)
Graphics (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Semester 1, 2016 trial
Chemistry Question and response book (PDF, 706.3 KB)
Periodic table (PDF, 119.7 KB)
Chemistry (PDF, 1.9 MB)
English Question book (PDF, 220.1 KB)
Response book (PDF, 317.1 KB)
Quotation book - not available for release due to copyright restrictions
English (PDF, 3.5 MB)
Geography Question book (PDF, 226.2 KB)
Response book (PDF, 317.2 KB)
Decision-making planning matrix (PDF, 114.1 KB)
Stimulus (PDF, 8.5 MB)
Geography (PDF, 523.2 KB)
Mathematics B Question and response book (PDF, 1.2 MB)Mathematics B (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Modern History Question book (PDF, 218.1 KB)
Response book (PDF, 311.9 KB)
Sources (redacted) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Modern History (PDF, 303.0 KB)

*Blacked out items in assessment instruments have been redacted due to copyright restrictions.

**Subject reports provide information on the assessment specifications, expected responses and performance characteristics of students. Trials were conducted in a formative context with Year 11 students using current syllabuses. This should be kept in mind when viewing commentaries and indicative responses.

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