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Exam rules are in place to make the exams as fair as possible for all students, and to allow invigilators (examination supervisors) to set up exam rooms and equipment to create appropriate conditions.
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If you’re enrolled in a subject or subjects that have exams, you’ll receive an exam attendance slip, which shows the exams you’re registered to attend and the relevant rules. You must bring this slip with you to all your exams.
Some rules apply to specific subject exams, such as those that may allow calculators. The following conditions apply to all exams in 2018, and will be reinforced as you prepare and practise for your SACE exams.
- You’ll be given a period of reading time, plus the full period scheduled for the exam.
- Be ready at the doors of the examination room at least 15 minutes before the examination start time.
- You can’t enter the examination room more than 40 minutes after the starting time, or leave until 40 minutes after the starting time.
- You must hand your answer books to the examination supervisor before you leave the exam room.
- Some exams have a separate script book or question booklet for particular sections or questions. If you do not attempt such a section (or question), you must write 'BLANK' on the cover of the script book or question booklet before handing it in.
In addition to following the exam rules, you’ll be expected to act honestly and respect your fellow students.Back to top
Signing the examination roll
If you have at least one external exam, you’ll be asked to sign the examination attendance roll.
This is a formal declaration indicating that you’ll comply with the rules on the examination attendance slip, including the conditions for the use of calculators.Back to top
Use of notes in an exam
Notes aren’t generally allowed in external SACE exams, but there are some exceptions.
- For General Mathematics and Essential Mathematics, you may bring one unfolded A4 sheet (two sides) of your own handwritten notes.
- For Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics, you may bring two unfolded A4 sheets (four sides) of your own handwritten notes.
- For Information Technology, you may bring one unfolded A4 sheet (two sides) of your own handwritten notes.
- For Musical Styles, you may bring and refer to unmarked scores, transcriptions or charts.
These notes cannot include calculator manuals, but any complex key sequences you think you may need can be included in your handwritten notes.
Handwritten notes, unmarked scores, transcriptions and charts should not be placed in plastic sleeves and should not be laminated.Back to top
Use of calculators and dictionaries
You can use a bilingual or monolingual printed dictionary in your written exams.
Electronic dictionaries are not permitted.
The following documents list the approved scientific calculators, graphics calculators, mathematical stencils, computers and English-English dictionaries, and how you’re able to use them in exams.
- Approved Calculators in Written Examinations (information sheet 49)
- Approved dictionaries [PDF 154KB]