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Physical performance: Volleyball

This sample has been compiled by the QCAA to help teachers plan and develop assessment instruments for individual school settings. It provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the following dimensions:

  • Acquiring
  • Applying
  • Evaluating.

The Physical performance assessment instrument is accompanied by a video that illustrates a typical Standard A across the three dimensions in authentic performance environments. The visual evidence is accompanied by commentary explaining the school’s decisions about application of standards. The video is intended to help teachers with making judgments about student achievement and providing opportunities in authentic performance environments.

Note: The video is not an example of recorded evidence included as part of a verification submission.

Assessment instrument

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Volleyball is an indirect interceptive physical activity. The following characteristics are typical of an authentic performance environment for a physical activity in this category:

  • Players intercept the implements of play or the direction of movement of players.
  • Players occupy space critical to their opponent.
  • Body contact does not generally occur.
  • Players cannot block an opponent’s movement or passage.
  • In some of these activities, players are separated by a net.

Positioning, use of space, skills and strategies, rules and tactics are different from those of direct interceptive activities.

Standard A

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The transcript that accompanies this student response is provided for ease of access by users of this web page. It is not a syllabus requirement to provide a transcript of student responses to assessment instruments.


The QCAA acknowledges the contribution of All Hallows' School, Brisbane Grammar School and St Laurence's College in the preparation of this document.

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