|1. The duration of the examination
is three hours.
2. The examination contributes 50% of the VCE score for English.
3. The examination paper consists of THREE sections as described
A Text response
Section A will be worth one-third of the total marks. Students
will be required to write one extended response to one of
the two texts selected for study. There will be two topics
for each text.
Each topic will enable and require students to address the
full range of key knowledge and skills. The choice between
topics will enable students to develop their sustained discussion
from an initial focus on one of the following aspects of key
knowledge for Units 3 and 4 Outcome 1:
the ideas, characters and themes constructed by the
author/director and presented in the selected text; or
the way the author/director uses structures, features
and conventions to construct meaning; or
the ways in which authors/directors express or imply
a point of view and values;
the ways in which readers' interpretations of text
differ and why.
All topics will require student responses to address the full
range of key knowledge and skills, and to be supported by
detailed analysis and reference to the selected text.
B Writing in Context
Section B will be worth one-third of the total marks. Students
will be required to respond to the Context studied throughout
Units 3 and 4.
The task will require students to write an extended persuasive,
expository or imaginative text exploring ideas and using detail
from at least one text.
Students will be required to base their writing on unseen
stimulus material or prompts associated with the ideas and/or
arguments suggested by the Context.
C Analysis of language use
Section C will be worth one-third of the total marks.
The task requires students to write an extended piece of prose,
analysing the use of written language and visual features
in the unseen text(s).
Section C will be based on written and visual stimulus material.
The task in this section will be compulsory.
Past Exam Papers
English exam papers can be viewed and downloaded from the
VCAA VCE website