A major feature of the new Senior Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in Years 11 & 12 is the addition of external assessment. The current Year 12 cohort will be the first to complete these new external assessment tasks.
The change to an education system which features external assessment is a significant shift in the way teaching and learning will be conducted in Queensland. Students will be required to complete unseen external assessment tests for every general subject at the end of Year 12, similar to the VCE and HSC systems in Victoria and New South Wales.
To prepare students for this transition, the Benowa SHS English Department has developed a standardised, unseen exam for Year 9 students in Term 3. Details of the exam are as follows:
Year 9 English Unseen Poetry Exam
Where: Sports Hall or W-Block (venue to be confirmed)
When: Tuesday 18th August 2020 (Week 6, Term 3), 8:55am-10:40am
The cover sheet of the exam, including the exam question, is attached to this letter. It outlines the instructions and conditions for the task. The three poems will only be provided within the exam, to help students prepare for a system where unseen tasks occur more frequently.
Students will be taught a six-week unit in Term 3 and late Term 2 that prepares them for this exam. This unit covers explicit teaching of the reading and writing skills required to analyse poems and meet the requirements of the task. A practice exam will also be provided, allowing for students to improve their skills and receive individual feedback from teachers.
As always, it is crucial that students attend school every day so that they do not miss essential preparation and learning for this task.
We encourage parents and guardians to be actively involved with student progress and preparation during this unit, as we generate a stronger study, revision, improvement and extension learning culture, particularly through homework.
If you have any queries regarding this task and unit, please contact Matt Pickersgill (Head of Department – English) or your child’s English teacher.