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Oral examinations — Stage 2 languages
Information sheet 18

Supporting information for the oral examinations timetable for Stage 2 languages subjects.

Oral examination

Each oral examination should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, as specified by the Stage 2 subject outline.

Students must be supervised while waiting for, and after, the oral examination. Students who have completed the examination must not have contact with students who are waiting to be examined. Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be switched off and not accessed in the waiting area or the examination room.

Notes and cue cards are not permitted in any oral examination at any level. See Stage 2 languages — oral examination procedures: information for teachers and students for more information about procedures in oral examinations.

Where oral examinations are conducted by telephone or videoconference, students need a quiet room. The invigilator must remain in the examination room with the student throughout the examination. Note that teachers must not invigilate any subject that they teach.

All oral examinations are recorded for quality assurance purposes.


The oral examination timetable for Stage 2 languages subjects is made available to schools on the SACE website in early September.

SACE coordinators and language teachers are asked to tell their students the venue, date, and time of their oral examination. If there is any query about the oral examination schedule, students should speak to their language teacher or the SACE coordinator about appropriate action. The language teacher or the SACE coordinator is responsible for ensuring that students are available at the venue at the stated time.

Language students in the metropolitan area and near country areas will undertake their oral examinations at a central venue (to be advised). Oral examinations will be conducted by telephone or videoconference for language students in country areas of South Australia and in the Northern Territory, and for students undertaking particular nationally assessed languages.

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Absent students

If a student is unable to be present for the scheduled examination for medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances, the school should apply for the use of a derived result.

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