Electronic exams

The SACE Board of SA is introducing electronic examinations for the first time in 2018 as part of the ongoing modernisation of the SACE. Stage 2 English Literary Studies students will be the first to use it when they sit their examination on November 7.

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Overview

The SACE Board of SA is introducing electronic examinations for the first time in 2018 as part of the ongoing modernisation of the SACE. Stage 2 English Literary Studies students will be the first when they sit their examination on November 7.

In 2014-15, Stage 2 ELS subject outline accreditation involved consultation with subject experts about an ELS electronic assessment. English teachers, through this consultation, indicated that students use technology throughout the year to demonstrate their learning and the external assessment could also be assessed using technology. Electronic examinations in other Stage 2 subjects will be introduced progressively from 2019.

Moving to electronic examinations better reflects how today's students are learning in schools, further education, and the workplace.

The SACE Board is working closely with schools, students and the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, Catholic Education South Australia, the Department for Education and Child Development, and the Northern Territory Department of Education to implement electronic examinations.

After conducting a technical readiness survey with all schools offering Stage 2 English Literary Studies this year the SACE Board has identified that a minority of schools may not be technically ready to deliver electronic examinations and will therefore use paper versions of the English Literary Studies examination. The SACE Board will closely liaise with these schools to assist them in overcoming current barriers, and transition to electronic implementation by 2020. The SACE Board will work with the schools assessed as technically capable to ensure students, teachers, SACE Coordinators, IT Managers and invigilators are ready for the November 7 2018 Stage 2 English Literary Studies electronic examination.

Readiness and preparation for the November 7 examination will involve: 

  • Familiarisation – communicating with and exposing students and teachers to the features of electronic examinations
  • Technical readiness – working with school IT staff to run tests to validate the school's technical capabilities
  • Training for school – providing IT support staff, invigilators and SACE Coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to administer the trial examinations
  • Trial examination – providing students with an authentic electronic examination experience so they are fully prepared for the November 7 Stage 2 English Literary Studies electronic examination. School staff will put into practice the knowledge and skills to administer the November 7 examination.

As we move forward the SACE Board and its reference groups will continue to communicate and engage with students, schools and the wider community to address concerns and provide advice to support successful implementation.

 

For students

The SACE Board of SA is introducing electronic examinations for the first time in 2018 as part of the ongoing modernisation of the SACE. Stage 2 English Literary Studies students will be the first to use it when they sit their examination on November 7.

Moving to electronic examinations better reflects how students are learning in schools, further education, and the workplace.

When you sit the electronic examination you will be provided with a paper version of the question booklet and can then choose to read from screen or from paper before answering the questions electronically.

Your teacher will support your preparation, be it for an electronic or paper examination. The best preparation for an examination presented either electronically or on paper is engagement in subject learning i.e. critical reading.

In preparation for the end of year examination, the focus this term will be communicating with you and familiarising you with the features of an electronic examination so you are comfortable with the look and feel of it. Later in the year the SACE will work with schools to run a trial electronic examination, to ensure you are fully prepared for the Nov 7 examination.

FAQs about electronic exams

 

For teachers

The SACE Board of SA is introducing electronic examinations for the first time in 2018 as part of the ongoing modernisation of the SACE. Stage 2 English Literary Studies students will be the first to use it when they sit their examination on November 7.

Moving to electronic examinations better reflects how students are learning in schools, further education, and the workplace.

When students sit the electronic examination they will be provided with a paper version of the question booklet and can then choose to read from screen or from paper before answering the questions electronically.

Teachers will professionally support students’ preparation, be it for an electronic or paper examination. The best preparation for an examination presented either electronically or on paper is engagement in subject learning i.e. critical reading.

Teachers have fed back that they provide students with multiple formative critical reading tasks in the lead up to their final examination. SACE advice is to keep these tasks focused on critical reading, but review the assessment conditions so they vary. Specify reading tasks from screen, others from paper, some using word processed responses and others, handwritten responses. This will ensure all students are prepared to critically read on screen or on paper.

In preparation for the end of year examination, the focus this term will be communicating with and exposing students to the features of an electronic examination so they are familiar with the look and feel of it. Later in the year the SACE will work with schools to run a trial electronic examination, to ensure students are prepared for the Nov 7 examination.

FAQs about electronic exams

Teacher communications

 

For SACE coordinators

We are meeting with SACE Coordinators and seeking their feedback in relation to their role in implementing the Electronic Examinations in their school.

Further information about the SACE coordinators role is on its way.

See the Overview for information about timelines, readiness and preparation.

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Communications

For IT managers

Information is on its way.

See the Overview for information about timelines, readiness and preparation.

For parents and the community

The SACE Board of SA is introducing electronic examinations for the first time in 2018 as part of the ongoing modernisation of the SACE. Stage 2 English Literary Studies students will be the first to use it when they sit their examination on November 7.

Moving to electronic examinations better reflects how today's students are learning in schools, further education, and the workplace.

Students at schools that do not yet have the technical capability to deliver an electronic examination you will sit a paper exam.

Students that sit the electronic examination will be provided with a paper version of the question booklet and can then choose to read from screen or from paper before answering the questions electronically.

Teachers will support students’ preparation, be it for an electronic or paper examination. The best preparation for an examination presented either electronically or on paper is engagement in subject learning i.e. critical reading.

The electronic examination has been designed so the critical reading texts and questions are presented simply. The look, feel and features like scrolling and navigation are designed to be familiar to students from using the internet every day.

FAQs about electronic exams