Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    Tertiary examinations start tomorrow

    5/11/2000 9:00 AM

    Written Tertiary Entrance Examinations (TEE) start tomorrow, with more than 13,400 students set to take examinations over the next two and half weeks.

    Education Minister Colin Barnett extended his best wishes to all students and encouraged them to maintain confidence in their ability.

    “While the written TEE is traditionally regarded as a make-or-break time for students, they should remember 50 per cent of their final score in a subject is based on school assessment, and many students have already taken practical examinations,” Mr Barnett said.

    He said 69 per cent of WA’s 19,415 Year 12 students were enrolled to sit at least one TEE subject, with about 85 per cent of TEE students enrolled to take four or more subjects.

    “No new subjects have been introduced this year to the list of 33 subjects but enrolments for drama studies, introduced last year, and information systems have risen significantly - 45 per cent and 41 per cent respectively,” the Minister said.

    “Most students will be sitting examinations at 138 schools and secondary colleges throughout WA.

    “But some candidates are doing the WA exams in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, three other Australian States and three WA correctional institutions.

    “There are also three new school centres this year - Clarkson and Warnbro community high schools and Murdoch College.”

    Mr Barnett said although the number of individual students taking the TEE had increased by about one per cent since last year, the Curriculum Council, which administered the examinations, had reduced the number of candidates sitting two examinations on the same day by 40 per cent.

    “Although the TEE is a massive logistical exercise, with about 550 supervisors administering 55,000 examination papers written by about 100 examiners, the Curriculum Council strives to accommodate student needs, including making special arrangements for students with temporary or permanent disabilities that could disadvantage them during the examination process,” he said.

    Mr Barnett said it was important for students and their families who supported them to keep a positive attitude.

    “Your best asset when tackling any challenging activity is an alert mind, so get a good night’s sleep, eat properly, make sure you have the right materials for the exam and give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam room,” he said.

    Written examinations will finish on the afternoon of November 22 with French. For the first time, TEE candidates will be able to access their results on the Internet.

    From December 27, results will be available at or by ringing the TISC (Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) phone line on 1901 191 091.

    Media contact: Diana Callander on 9222 9699

    1. Western Australian Tertiary Entrance Examinations statistics (as at 31/10/00):
  • 13,417 individual candidates enrolled to sit at least one subject (1999 = 11,959 candidates sat at least one TEE subject; about 9,500 in the metropolitan area and 2,500 in the country).
  • 11,455 (85.4%) are enrolled to sit for four or more subjects; the most popular number of TEE subjects to be enrolled in is five.
  • Total number of Year 12 students is 19,415 (therefore 69.1% are enrolled to sit at least one subject).
  • 33 subjects to be examined (no new subjects); about 55,000 papers to mark.
  • About 100 examiners and 550 supervisors; 800 teachers and university lecturers marking papers.
  • Subject with the highest number of candidates is English (8,799 candidates), followed by Discrete Mathematics (7,680) and Applicable Mathematics (about 5,049).
  • Subject with the smallest number of candidates is Modern Greek with five candidates.
  • Drama Studies (introduced as a TEE subject in 1999) and Information Systems enrolments are up 45% and 41% respectively. Drama Studies (1999 = 714; 2000 = 980, now the 19th most-taken subject); Information Systems (introduced in 1997 with 91 candidates; 1999 = 592; 2000 = 803, 16th most-taken subject).

    2. Timetable (see attached or at the Curriculum Council’s website at
  • Practical exams (for nine LOTE subjects, Music and Drama Studies) began on September 25 (with Drama Studies held during Term 3 holidays at two city and four country venues) and finished on November 3.
  • Art visual diaries had to be submitted on October 18 for marking.
  • Written exams start on November 6 with Applicable Mathematics, although Japanese: Advanced students sat an interstate examination here on October 24. The last examination is French on November 22.

    3. Exam locations:
  • 138 exam centres; new WA school centres include Clarkson Community High School, Murdoch College and Warnbro Community High School.
  • Candidates are also sitting WA TEE subjects in Tasmania; Queensland (two locations); South Australia; Sunway College and Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia; Bina Nusantara High School, in Indonesia (13 TEE subjects offered for the first time this year); Quangzhou, China; Japan; and three WA correctional institutions.

    4. Graphics calculators: Candidates will be allowed to use them for Physical Science for the first time. In 1998, graphics calculators were introduced for exams in Maths subjects, Chemistry and Physics.

    5. The number of candidates sitting two exams on the same day has been reduced from 202 in 1999 to 121 this year (a reduction of 40%). The Council is guided by a number of principles when setting the TEE timetable, including:
  • having the minimum number of students possible sitting two examinations on the same day;
  • rotating the subjects through the timetable each year; and
  • aiming to have every student sit an examination in the first week.

    6. Special examination arrangements: The Council has received 238 applications. In 1999, 190 people were given permission for special arrangements for their temporary or permanent disability. Special exam arrangements are given on the basis that normal exam conditions could disadvantage them by preventing them from displaying, to the full extent, what they have learned.

    7. Results will be available on the Internet (at for the first time (on December 27); results will also be available on the TISC (Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) phone line on 1901 191 091. TEE marks are worth 50%; candidates have already accumulated 50% of their scaled, or final, mark through school assessment.

    2000 Western Australian Tertiary Entrance Examinations (TEE)
    Written Papers Timetable

    9.20 am
    2.00 pm
    6 November
    E504 Applicable Mathematics E300 Ancient History
    7 November
    E005 English Literature E238 Information Systems
    8 November
    E406 Human Biology E028 Indonesian: Advanced
    E009 Indonesian: Second Language
    9 November
    E004 EnglishE026 English As A Second Language
    10 November
    E305 Geography
    E031 Modern Greek
    E632 Music
    E070 Malay: Advanced
    13 November
    E409 PhysicsE402 Biology
    14 November
    E502 Discrete MathematicsE027 Chinese: Advanced
    E008 German
    15 November
    E506 CalculusE003 Chinese: Second Language
    E647 Drama Studies
    16 November
    E306 History E405 Geology
    E010 Italian
    17 November
    E403 ChemistryE011 Japanese: Second Language
    20 November
    E200 Accounting E408 Physical Science
    21 November
    E304 Economics E630 Art
    22 November
    E315 Political & Legal StudiesE006 French

    Note: The written examination for Japanese: Advanced was held on October 24