The School Curriculum and Standards Authority sets, administers and marks external examinations for ATAR courses (2016 onwards).
The examinations are conducted at the end of each year, with the written examinations starting on the first working day in November and the practical (performance) examinations held during the Term 3 holidays, including weekends and public holidays and continuing into the beginning of Term 4. The examination schedule is determined by the end of July and circulated to students.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority establishes examination centres in which each written examination is conducted at the same time, under uniform conditions by trained supervisors. The rules of conduct are published in a handbook, which is published on the Authority website in April. Any variation to standard examination conditions must be approved by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority through its special provisions processes.
Each enrolled examination candidate receives a personalised examination timetable which gives details about the time, date and location of each examination in which they are enrolled. These are distributed through schools at the end of Term 3.
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