FAQs

How can I register to use the VCAA Language Assessments?

How can I start using the online system (Online Assessment and Reporting System)?

Can I preview the Language Assessments?

Which assessments can I assign?

How long is the assessment?

I need help!

How can I register to use the VCAA Language Assessments?

  • Schools will receive login details via email from ACER once the registration is approved (this may take up to 5 business days).
  • Log in and start using the assessments.

How can I start using the online system (Online Assessment and Reporting System)?

Once you log in to your account, you can start using your account immediately.

  1. Log in.
  2. Click Students.
  3. Create students by
  4. Assign the assessments.
  5. Administer the assessments in class.
  6. Generate a student report.

Can I preview the Language Assessments?

Yes. Log in to your account. You can preview the complete Language Assessments (For Listening items, audio preview is also available) by clicking Students > Tests > Preview.

Which assessments can I assign?

It is important that teachers preview the assessments to determine the suitability for use with their students. An indication of where the Language Assessments align with the Curriculum is available (below), however teachers have the flexibility to use their professional judgement to decide which assessment they wish to use to assess their students' listening and/or reading skills.

Assessment

Victorian Curriculum F-10 Languages

F-10 Sequence

7-10 Sequence

Listening A Approximately Levels 5 and 6 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 7 and 8
(receptive skills)
Listening B Approximately Levels 7 and 8 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 7 and 8
(receptive skills)
Listening C Approximately Levels 9 and 10 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 9 and 10
(receptive skills)
Reading A Approximately Levels 5 and 6 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 7 and 8
(receptive skills)
Reading B Approximately Levels 7 and 8 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 7 and 8
(receptive skills)
Reading C Approximately Levels 9 and 10 (receptive skills) Approximately Levels 9 and 10
(receptive skills)

How long is the assessment?

Students should complete each test in one 40-minute session. The assessments are not automatically timed and teachers should monitor the time allowed.

How are the VCAA Language Assessments different to the Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC suite of tests)?

ALC VCAA Language Assessments
Available for purchase Available at NO cost to schools
Available nationally and internationally Available to all Victorian schools across all sectors
25 year history, test items aligned to Australian Curriculum New in 2017, derived from ALC, assessment items aligned to Victorian Curriculum F-10 Languages
Online Online

Certificates 1,2 and 3 available for:

  • Chinese Additional
  • Chinese Background Speakers
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish

Currently available

Across two to three levels of difficulty (Assessments A, B, C)
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Second Language Learner)
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish

Pilot forms currently available

  • Chinese (Background Language Learner)
  • Chinese (Second Language Learner)
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish

Primary test for 6 languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
Listening and reading items in multiple choice format Listening and reading items in multiple choice format
Some test items shared between ALC 2018 and VCAA Language Assessments Some items shared between VCAA Language Assessments and ALC in 2018
Student certificate of competency No student certificate
Interactive school group report providing raw scores, achievement band and summary statistics Instant student reports available online
Test items aligned to Australian Curriculum F-10 Achievement Standards Test items aligned to Victorian Curriculum F-10 Achievement Standards (F-10 and 7-10 sequences)
Help desk support included Help desk support included

I need help!

Log in to your account, and go to the Help Page for information.​

I still need help!
Please contact ACER Help Desk:
Email: oarssupport@acer.edu.au
Phone: 03 9277 5324