Stage 2 assessment

School assessment ā€” 70%

In Stage 2, you will be awarded grades from A+ to Eā€“ in your assessments and for your final grade. Your teachers will assess 70% of your work.

This means your final result in each Stage 2 subject will be based largely on your school assessments throughout Year 12.

School assessment tasks are set and assessed by your school for each subject you are studying. Teachers undertake training in assessing students' work against the performance standards.

Validating assessment

The SACE Board sources a sample of students' work from each class, which is representative of a range of grades across every Stage 2 subject. Assessment experts then check to confirm that the grades are accurate, fair, and comparable with other students across the state.

Confirming or adjusting grades

Teachers grade student work with reference to the performance standards provided in the subject outlines. At the end of each year, the SACE Board confirms that grades given at one school are comparable with grades given at another school. The process of confirming and adjusting school assessment grades is referred to as 'moderation'.

External assessment ā€” 30%

The SACE Board marks the external assessment component of all subjects. These assessments can be written examinations, oral examinations, investigations, or performances.


Some Stage 2 subjects have written examinations that are produced and assessed by the SACE Board. The majority of these examinations take place in Term 4, during October and November.

The examinations timetable is available on the SACE website from the first semester of each year.

Some Stage 2 language subjects also have oral examinations. The timetable for oral examinations is available on the SACE website from the week beginning 12 September.


Many Stage 2 subjects have externally assessed investigations. These are first assessed by your teacher and then sent to the SACE Board for external assessment.


A range of Stage 2 subjects (Drama, Dance, and three Music performance subjects) have externally assessed performances. Performances are marked independently by subject teachers and SACE Board assessors at the time of the performance.