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Subject operational information — DEMO

Stage 2 Biology

These web pages connect schools and teachers to information on procedures relating to final moderation and external assessment requirements. Key dates, including dates for the submission of results, are also provided.

Stage 2 Biology is a 20-credit subject.

The learning and assessment requirements for this subject are set out in the 2019 subject outline [PDF 262KB].

Refer to Learning and assessment plans for information on developing and approving Stage 2 Biology LAPs.

Combining small classes

Refer to Assessment groups - Stage 2 (Information sheet 1) for information on combining classes to form an assessment group.

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Key dates

For a simplified list of key operational dates, see the Biology calendar.

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School assessment component

Teachers assess the evidence of student learning for:

  • Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio
  • Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks.

The SACE Board quality assures the school assessment results through final moderation.

Refer to SACE Assessment and Reporting Guidelines [PDF 290KB] and SACE Stage 2 Moderation Overview [DOC 33KB] for information about the policy context and procedures.

Moderation sample selection

Teachers select the moderation sampleof school-assessed materials to submit to the SACE Board.

Refer to Moderation sample selection, which includes FAQs and an instructional video.

Preparing and collecting school assessment materials for final moderation

In Semester 2, school assessment materials are collected in two rounds, Round A and Round B. School assessment materials for Biology are collected in:

  • Round B on Thursday 22 November.

Supervision and verification

Refer to the information in Supervision and Verification of Students' Work: Policy and Procedures [DOC 90KB] on the use of the record sheet [DOC 164KB] to record and authenticate each student's work. If used, these sheets are to be kept in the school until the end of the clerical check period in February 2020.

A teacher who is unable to verify that the work is the student's own must initiate a breach of rules action through the school's SACE/NTCET coordinator.


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External assessment component

Students undertake one 2-hour examination.

Refer to Written examinations — calculators (Information sheet 49).

Refer to the subject outline for details of the examination requirements.

The 2019 examination will be held on Monday 5 November.

Preparing predicted examination results for external assessment

The SACE Board uses predicted results as part of the quality assurance of Stage 2 external examinations and performances, and for some approved special provisions in assessment. Refer to Results sheets — Stage 2 predicted results (Information sheet 52) for information on completing predicted examination results sheets.

Examination materials for external assessment

The SACE Board sends examination question booklets to examination centres according to the delivery dates in Written examinations — question booklets (Information sheet 48).

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