Examinations 2020

Arrangements for ATAR course examinations 2020

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) will administer and process the 2020 ATAR course practical and written examinations with measures in place to facilitate the safety and wellbeing of all candidates, supervisors and markers. These measures include providing and maintaining, so far as is practicable, an examination environment where people’s exposure to risks and hazards is minimised.

The Authority is following the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in relation to the COVID-19 context. The Authority will be:


ensuring the cleaning of examination venues and surfaces daily

implementing social distancing measures

providing sanitiser at all venues

Equipment used for the conduct of examinations will be cleaned regularly with disinfectant wipes and sporting equipment cleaned in accordance with current protocols outlined by the respective sport’s governing body.

On arrival at examination venues or centres for the ATAR course examinations, candidates should comply with:

the signage promoting social distancing

COVID-19 steps to stop the spread signsocial distancing poster thumbnail


advice on not entering the venue if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell)

  • candidates who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been cleared before the examination should not attend the venue
  • candidates who have had a COVID-19 test but not yet received the results of that test should not attend the venue.

Students who are unwell must complete and submit a Sickness/Misadventure Application Form, with supporting evidence, to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.


reminder messages about personal hygiene


Candidates should also be aware that supervisors and markers will be engaging in cleaning practices between examinations.

Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 context, candidates should also stay abreast of current messaging about the COVID-19 situation in their locality during the time leading up to examinations and during the examinations. If a candidate or their parents/guardians/carers have any questions relating to the conduct of the Authority examinations, they should contact the Authority on 9273 6377.

Candidates should ensure that they download their Personalised practical examination timetable and Personalised written examination timetable from the student portal from Thursday, 10 September. This will ensure that candidates have all information required for planning travel arrangements to examination venues and equipping themselves appropriately for examinations.

The Authority has contingency plans in place should a venue become unavailable due to a COVID-19-related reason. It is, therefore, essential that candidates re-check their timetable in the student portal at https://studentportal.wcsa.wa.edu.au before each of their scheduled examinations to ensure that all details relating to their examinations are the same, particularly the examination venue. Any updates to examination arrangements will be published on the examination updates page.

The Authority recognises that this has been a particularly challenging year for schools, staff, students and their families and is committed to conducting the 2020 ATAR course examinations in an environment where candidates feel safe and able to perform to the best of their ability.

The Authority would like to take this opportunity to wish all candidates the very best for their examinations in 2020.