Critique of the 2023 Victorian VCE Mathematics Exams

Sorry guys, it ain’t gonna happen. Burkard’s and my 2022 critique was time-consuming and exhausting and stressful. We’re not doing it again. Ever. So, for this year the Discussion posts (here, here, here, here, here, here¬†and here), and the Errors post will have to do.

Just a quick note, however, about the relevance of the 2022 critique. Along with the five Major errors, Burkard and I had sections devoted to: minor mathematical issues (including further errors); poorly conceived questions; poor writing; poor exam structure; and delay and dishonesty in the exam reporting. All of these issues are as concerning or more so in 2023.

The definition of insane exam production is using the same process over and over again and expecting different results.

One Reply to “Critique of the 2023 Victorian VCE Mathematics Exams”

  1. Judging from ABC news reports today (Thursday 8 February 2024), including

    https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/melbourne-mornings/mornings/103420782
    (cue 7:40)
    and
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-08/vcaa-education-vce-exam-mistakes/103438694

    it looks like Dr Bennett and his review might have saved you the trouble. Education Minister Carroll has said the report will be made public (unlike the Deloitte Review) – I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Digressing to 2022, what I found extraordinary is that even Minister Carroll says there were errors on the 2022 exams and yet the VCAA \displaystyle still have not admitted these errors or acknowledged them in their exam reports.

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