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Sitting trials or internal assessments at home? Read this!

By Sarah Separovich on 12 August 2021AssessmentsATARNSWblogTrialsExam adviceCOVID-19

Year 12 is a year like no other, and particularly for the class of 2021. With lockdowns now in effect across parts of Australia, many students are now set to complete their internal assessments or ‘trials’ from home. While we may be used to studying from home or taking classes online, completing an exam at home is new (and maybe a bit nerve-wracking) for most of us 🥵

For those who are particularly stressed or unsure about this new set-up, here’s a few tips that you might not have considered that will prepare you for what’s to come!

Know what’s going on

It’s important to know that each school can approach internal assessments differently. Some schools will be facilitating exams online, while others might set assignment tasks instead. So, you need to find out what your school’s plans are. Be sure to check your email account, LMS portal or school’s website for any information. The sooner you check the better 🧑‍💻

Ask questions

If you’re left uncertain about anything, ask about it! Reach out to your year advisor or teachers and ask any questions you may have. This is a confusing time for everyone, so any questions you have are worthwhile asking.

Remember that your teachers and the support staff at your school are there to support you in any way they can! Just be sure to be polite and considerate… this is probably new for them too 🙋

Start getting organised

Once you have this information, you can start preparing for your upcoming assessments. You’ll need to:

  • Know the day and time of each assessment and add it to your calendar.
  • Understand the format of each assessment. This includes knowing what the requirements of each task are, it’s layout, the time you have to complete the task, whether it is open or closed book, rules around supervision, etc.
  • Understand how to submit each assessment and when it needs to be in by.
  • Know what resources you’ll need and collate them.
  • Find the right space. This should be a distraction free zone, where your mum, siblings or cat won’t walk in mid-way through and distract you 🤦


This is a new way of learning for many of us. While it can be challenging, a bit of preparation will go a long way. Arm yourself with all of the information you need, get organised, and you’ll be giving yourself the best chance of acing your internal assessments and ‘trial’ exams.

As always, we’re here to help! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more resources to support your studies, so keep checking in to the Student Blog! You can also find tips on our Instagram or follow us on TikTok. See you there 👋

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