The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the credential given to students who have completed senior secondary education (Year 11 and Year 12) in the state of Western Australia, and is intended to become the Western Australian certificate within the Australian Certificate of Education, part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
As of 2017, the requirements for successful completion of WACE include:
- completion of at least twenty units, at least ten of which must be Year 12 or equivalent, with at least two of each of:
- arts, languages or social science
- maths, science or technology
- at least 14 “C” grades or higher, of which at least six must be Year 12
- completion of at least four Year 12 ATAR courses or a vocational education Certificate II or higher
- minimum literacy and numeracy standards
According to the Good Schools Guide, WACE is assessed using a student’s school-based assessment and examination marks. School-based achievement in ATAR, General and Foundation courses is recorded in grades (A, B, C, D or E) and is marked out of 100.
For Year 12 courses, students receive one mark and one grade for each pair of units they complete. For Year 11 courses, students may receive one mark and one grade for a pair of units or a separate mark and grade for each unit (that is, two marks and two grades in total).
Students receive a WACE course score for each study completed, which is based on their examination mark (or combined examination mark for courses with both written and practical exams) and moderated school assessment mark, with each counting for 50 per cent of the student’s total course score.
Once WACE course scores have been calculated, subjects are scaled for university admission to accommodate for differences in difficulty between courses and to ensure that students who study difficult subjects are not disadvantaged in their ATAR. For each course, the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) looks at the overall achievement of students in their other subject areas to create scaled scores.
Once scores have been scaled, students are awarded a Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA), which is converted to an ATAR. The TEA is calculated by adding a student’s top four scaled scores. A Language Other Than English (LOTE) bonus — 10 percent of the student’s best LOTE scaled score — is awarded if the student decides to study a language.
WACE is also available overseas in South East Asia. This offers an affordable option for international students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to take this exam in Australia. Several centres are available in Malaysia where the WACE curriculum is delivered.
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