An up to date examination calendar is available here: calendar.scotch.wa.edu.au/exams
Please note: Individualised timetables will be provided to students before the commencement of the examination period, including special examination arrangements and specific locations.
Year 11 and 12 IB Diploma Examination Information
Year 11 and 12 WACE Examination Information
Boys eligible for Special Examination Arrangements:
Morning exams commence at 8.40 and extra time is added at the end of the session as appropriate. Afternoon exams start at 12.50 and students remain later.
All boys should acquaint themselves with the Year 12 Information Handbook published by the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority. This manual can be downloaded from here. The manual contains a lot of information about the WACE and has lots of information about preparing for exams. The information below has been taken from this publication.
You should arrive at the examination centre at least 30 minutes before the prescribed start time for an examination (8.10 am for a morning examination and 12.20 pm for an afternoon examination). Supervisors will allow candidates into the examination room before the prescribed start time so that administrative procedures can occur and important examination information can be explained.
In the examination room, you will have an assigned desk on which your Examination Sticker has been placed. You must sit at this desk unless otherwise directed by a supervisor.
You will not be admitted to an examination after 30 minutes have passed from the start of the working time of the examination.
What do I do if I am sick or cannot attend an examination?
If a student is absent for an examination due to illness or misadventure he will be given a zero until such time as he provides a medical certificate along with a completed Missed Assessment form. Please note that a family holiday is not a reason for misadventure.
In the case of a WACE examination, special consideration may then be given by the Dean of Teaching and Learning and the student will receive an estimated result, in lieu of sitting the examination, equal to his grade prior to the examination period.
In the case of a Diploma examination, special consideration may then be given by the IB Coordinator in consultation with the Dean of Teaching and Learning and the student will receive an estimated result, in lieu of sitting the examination, equal to his grade prior to the examination period.
The WACE Assessment policy, the IB Diploma Assessment policy and the Missed Assessment form can all be found under the documents tab on Seqta Learn or Seqta Engage via home.scotch.
Can I resit a missed examination at another time?
No, however, following the examination release date, the student may request a copy of the paper from his teacher, for the purposes of practice only.
What to take into examinations
You must provide your own pens, pencils, coloured pencils, sharpener, highlighters, ruler, eraser, correction fluid/tape and other items specified or recommended for particular courses. These specified or recommended items are listed on the front cover of each examination paper and in the examination design brief in the syllabus. Items should be contained in a pencil case made of clear materials.
Appendix D of the Year 12 Information Manual provides a guide to the materials required/recommended for written examinations. Any equipment brought into the examination room will be subject to inspection. Equipment should bear only the original inscribed information.
All items other than those listed on the front cover of each examination paper are therefore classified as unauthorised and should not be brought into the examination room.
These include, amongst other things:
- mobile phones
- smart watches
- MP3/MP4/iPods/iPads/laptop computers/tablets
- pencil cases not made of a clear material
- calculator cases/covers • calculator instruction booklets
- map templates of any description •
- external storage media.
In recent years, most breaches of examination rules have related to possession of mobile phones and/or MP3/MP4/iPods. In these instances, candidates have lost examination marks.
Mobile phones, tablets, smart watches and MP3/MP4/iPods/iPads/laptop computers should not be taken into the examination room. If, due to a security risk, they cannot be left outside the examination room, then they must be turned off and left at the front of the room. No responsibility will be accepted by the supervisor for your personal property.
Approved calculators are permitted in some course examinations. A calculator must be silent in use and must not contain a program that transforms it into an unauthorised calculator. If you are found in possession of an unauthorised calculator, you will be in breach of the examination rules. Approved calculators are detailed in Appendix E of the Year 12 Manual.
Approved dictionaries are permitted in the written examination of all Language courses (except English). If you bring a non-approved dictionary, or more than one dictionary, into an examination, you will be in breach of examination rules. Personal copies of dictionaries must not contain any handwritten or typewritten notes, symbols, signs or any other marks (including underlining and highlighting), except the name and address of a candidate, and will be inspected during the examination. Dictionaries may be consulted during the reading time of an examination. Further details regarding dictionary use in the examinations are contained in Appendix F of the Year 12 Information Handbook.
You may take up to two (2) A4 sheets of notes into Mathematics examinations. These notes may only be used in the calculator assumed section of the Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist examinations. Your notes in these courses are to be flat and contain no folds. They may be written on both sides, but must not have other notes attached to them (including sticky notes). The notes on the sheets may come from any source: handwritten, typed or photocopied, and contain any information that the candidate wishes to take into the examination. The font on the sheets may be of any size. You are not permitted to bring more than the prescribed number of sheets into these specific examinations.
Additional working paper
Blank working paper cannot be brought into any examination. If you want additional working paper, you must ask the supervisor. Work that is not to be marked should have two lines drawn through it and be labelled ‘do not mark’.
Pens or pencils
For multiple-choice sections, you must use blue or black pen when recording your response on the relevant recording sheet. You may use either a pen or pencil in other sections of the examination, though blue or black pen is preferable. You are advised not to use erasable pens. Coloured pencils may also be used.
You can bring water to the examination in a clear plastic bottle with all labels removed. The water bottle should have a secure lid and have a capacity of no more than 1500ml. Water bottles may not be refilled during the examination.
Generally, eating is not permitted during an examination. However, if there are special circumstances (e.g. a diabetic condition), you may apply for permission to eat food during an examination.
You will be expected to wear full school uniform.
Language of communication
All written responses to examination questions must be in English unless specified in the examination paper
The purpose of reading time is for you to read all instructions on the paper, familiarise yourself with the questions and determine which questions you will attempt. All ATAR course written examinations have 10 minutes reading time. Reading time is for reading only. No marking of the paper by pen, pencil, highlighter, fingernail, or other items or the use of calculators, is permitted during this period. Approved dictionaries, however, can be consulted during this time for all Language (except English) examinations. Music candidates are permitted to use their Authority-issued personal listening devices.
Leaving an examination
You will not be allowed to leave the examination during the first hour of the work period of the examination, or during the final 15 minutes of the examination. You will be advised by the supervisor when there are 15 minutes remaining in the examination. You must stop writing immediately when instructed by the supervisor. You should not leave your desk until all papers in the room have been collected. You should leave the examination room in an orderly fashion when directed by the supervisor. Talking to other candidates is not permitted in the examination room at any time. When you have been dismissed from the examination, you should move well clear of the examination room so you don’t disturb other candidates who may still be engaged in an examination. You are not permitted to remove examination materials from the examination room unless specific permission is given by the supervisor.
Mathematics ATAR course examinations
Separate ATAR mathematics course examinations will be conducted in:
- Mathematics Applications
- Mathematics Methods
- Mathematics Specialist.
Each ATAR Mathematics course examination consists of two sections, Section One: Calculator-free and Section Two: Calculator-assumed. Formula sheets are provided for use in both sections of the examination. Notes may be used only in the calculator-assumed section. The following procedure will be used for sitting each ATAR Mathematics course examination:
- both sections of the examination paper (Section One and Section Two) will be placed on your desk, along with the corresponding formula sheet
- you will be required to place, in order, your notes, Section Two of the examination paper and your calculator, on the floor under or beside your seat. You may not touch these materials until instructed to do so
- if you complete Section One early, you will not be allowed to start Section Two until instructed to do so
- Section One papers will be collected before you start Section Two.