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External assessment and exams

The SACE Board appoints external markers to the 30% external assessment component of Stage 2 subjects. 

External marking ensures that the performance standards in a subject have been interpreted and applied consistently to the assessment and that the results awarded to students across schools are comparable and fair.

The types of external assessment are an investigation, a performance, or a written or oral examination, set by the SACE Board. In 2018, the SACE Board is introducing an electronic examination for English Literary Studies.

The marking process

The SACE Board appoints teachers to mark external assessments in a particular subject.

Markers receive training on performance standards and undertake benchmarking activities to ensure that assessment decisions are consistent in the one year, and from one year to another.

They assess students' work, either face-to-face (oral language examinations), or on site (performances), or by marking batches of investigations or written examinations, and they prepare feedback on the quality of students' responses.

For all external assessments, the SACE Board conducts rigorous integrity checks to ensure consistency between markers and within each marker's work.

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