Port Lincoln students prepare for electronic exam

STUDY: Port Lincoln High School year 12 students Abby Hodgkiss and Katie Freak study ahead of their English Studies exam in November.
STUDY: Port Lincoln High School year 12 students Abby Hodgkiss and Katie Freak study ahead of their English Studies exam in November.

Year 12 students at Port Lincoln High School will join more than 2000 students across the state in being the first in Australia to sit an end-of-year electronic exam.

This year’s year 12 exams will see an electronic format used for the Stage Two English Literary Studies exam on November 7.

Port Lincoln High School students have had two practice sessions with the new system, one in June and one in August.

Year 12 student Katie Freak will be one of the students taking the exam in November and said it made sense for students to do electronic exams.

“We spend all of our days typing at school, most of us would have great knowledge of typing so it would be quicker to get our answers down,” she said.

Fellow student Abby Hodgkiss said she did not know what to expect when they did their practice runs, but it was good that they were informed on what to expect.

“It was somewhat difficult to be in a room with everyone typing all at once...but it was good to have that practice,” she said.

Abby said he electronic exam includes tools such as an electronic dictionary, post it notes, highlighters and the ability to split screens.

This will be the start of a three year plan from the SACE Board of South Australia to rollout electronic exams.

The board has entered into a partnership with third party vendor SONET Systems to deliver the electronic exams.

Board chief executive, Professor Martin Westwell said the introduction of electronic exams would match how students were learning in the classroom as well as better reflect the world outside of school.

“Today the traditional pen and paper examination is increasingly becoming an outdated method of assessing students,” he said.

“The electronic examination offers students the chance to apply the skills and capabilities they have developed throughout their school career.”

Port Lincoln High School acting principal Todd George said the school would ensure it was ready for the rollout of further electronic exams.

“As a network we need to get ahead of the game or get level with the game,” he said.

“There’s going to be more exams coming onling in 2019 and even more in 2020 so we’ll need to make sure we’ve got the facilities to accommodate that.”

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