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The SACEi glossary provides an alphabetical listing of words, terminology and phrases used in SACE curriculum documents, with meanings and explanations.

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The Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority develops the Australian curriculum and its national assessment program.

Assessment design criteria

Guidelines for designing SACE assessments and assessing student work.

Assessment group

The group that students belong to for assessment in SACE subjects. A minimum of three students is required to form an assessment group.

Assessment panels

Part of the SACE quality assurance cycle and formed by the SACE Board to ensure that the assessment and moderation processes for Stage 2 subjects lead to fair, valid, and reliable results for students.

Assessment task

An activity, test or assignment that allows a student to show their learning.

Assessment task exemplars

Help teachers design tasks that give students opportunities to show their learning.


Support service for schools on all parts of the SACE. Schools can email questions or issues to or call +61 8 8115 4712.


Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. A rank, or score, used by universities to select students for entrance into courses (ranges from 0 to 99.95). SACE graduates receive an ATAR.

10-credit subject

Subjects that run for one semester—or approximately six months.

20-credit subject

Subjects that run for two semesters—or a full year.


The seven soft skills that students develop through their SACE studies.

Cut-off dates

The final date that schools can add, change or delete student enrolments in Schools Online.

Due dates

The final date for schools to enter subject enrolments into Schools Online.

Evidence of learning

Knowledge, skills and understanding that students show through their assessment tasks in the SACE.


SACE examinations can include written exams, oral exams and electronic (e-exams).

External assessment

All Stage 2 subjects have a 30% external investment component. These can be examinations, oral presentations, or investigations.

Group of Eight

Australia's eight leading research focused universities.

Internal assessment

This is assessment marked by the teachers at a SACEi school. Stage 1 subjects are fully assessed by the school, while Stage 2 are 70% school-assessed.


A form of SACE assessment that develops a students research skills.


A person (or people) who supervise a SACE examination.

Key dates

The date of important events in the assessment calendar. These can be found in the online calendars.

Learning and assessment plan (LAP)

A form that describes all of the assessment activities for a subject.

Learning requirements

The knowledge, skills and understanding that students develop and demonstrate for each SACE subject.


A quality assurance process that makes sure students' work is marked the same no matter where they study.

Moderation sample

A sample of student work from each school that is selected for moderation.


The SACE is also delivered in Australia's Northern Territory and known as the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

Online calendar

A calendar of important events and key dates in the assessment cycle. There are separate calendars for the January intake (Southern hemisphere) and July intake (Northern hemisphere).

Performance standards

Levels of achievement described in the subject outline. Each level of achievement describes the knowledge, skills and understandings that teachers and assessors refer to when deciding how well a student has demonstrated evidence of their learning. At Stage 1 these levels of achievement are reported using the grades A to E. At Stage 2 they are reported using grades and levels from A+ to E-.


The SACE Board's online professional learning platform.


When a student presents someone else's work as their own without acknowledgement. This is a breach of the SACE rules.

Predicted results

Used to calculate a mark for students who are absent or ill during or immediately before an external examination.

Principal's delegate

A person appointed by a school's principal to act on their behalf in SACE quality assurance and other matters.

Quality Assurance Cycle

Assures the reliability of the assessment and reporting of student achievement against the performance standards for a subject.

Recognised learning

Students may receive SACE credits for appropriate qualifications and previous subjects, courses or learning experiences.

Record of Achievement

The official record of a student's results in SACE subjects.


The process of putting student results into Schools Online for the SACE Board.


The grades a student receives for SACE subjects. In Stage 1, the grades are A to E, and in Stage 2 they are A+ to E-.


The South Australian Certificate of Education is a senior high school and pre-university Qualification, typically delivered in a student's final two years of schooling.

SACE Coordinator

the person responsible for the management of the SACEi program within a school.


SACE International (SACEi) is the brand name for the South Australian Certificate of Education when it is delivered outside of Australia.

SACE registration number

This is the number that students receive when they are first registered for the SACE.


The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre calculates students' ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for SACE and NTCET, and international students. SATAC also processes applications for universities and higher education providers in South Australia and the Northern territory.

Schools Online

The system for managing student enrolments and results.

Special provisions

Support for students who have a disability or have been affected by events beyond their control to complete the SACE.

Subject assessment advice

These are based on the previous year's assessment cycle and gives an overview of how all SACE students performed in school and external assessments in relation to the learning requirements, assessment design criteria, and performance standards set out in the relevant subject outline. Teachers can use this information to guide students on how to how to achieve higher grades.

Supervised tasks

assessments completed by students under the supervision of a teacher or authorised person.

Stage 1

This stage is usually completed in Year 11 and all student work is assessed by the school.

Stage 2

This stage is usually completed in the final year of secondary school. In Stage 2, total of 70% of students' work is assessed by the school, and 30% is assessed externally.

Students Online

An online platform that allows students to check their details, view results and track their SACE progress.


Information for international students on Adelaide as a study destination.

Study Australia

The official Australian Government website for international students.

Subject codes

SACE subject codes are five characters and include the stage, subject code and credits. For example 2CME20 is Stage 2 Chemistry, 20 credits.

Subject outline

The curriculum or syllabus, including content and assessment requirements, for each SACE subject.

Tertiary Entrance Statement

This is part of a student's final SACE results. The statement included an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
(see ATAR).


Confirming that a student's work is their own.


Vocational Education and Training is education and training that focuses on providing skills for work, including practical skills.

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