All students enrolled in a General Year 12 course and/or a Foundation Year 12 course are required to complete the externally set task (EST) developed by the Authority for that course. The EST is compulsory and forms part of the school-based assessment and is included as a separate assessment type with a weighting of 15% for the pair of units.
The ESTs are administered in schools during designated weeks in Term 2 under standard test conditions. The EST will take 50 minutes. The Authority informs schools during Term 3, in the previous year, of the Unit 3 syllabus content on which the task will be based. This notification will enable schools to ensure that the identified content is taught prior to the administration of the EST. The ESTs are marked by teachers in each school using a marking key provided by the Authority.
Detailed information about the EST is provided in the Externally Set Tasks Handbook 2019. The 2020 handbook will be available in January 2020.
Information about disability adjustments can be found in the Guidelines for disability adjustments for timed assessments.
The Authority will publish the 2020 Externally Set Tasks course specific advice and 2020 Externally Set Tasks total marks in November 2019.