Examinations and Assessment
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The National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) qualification comprises an internal on-site process (ICASS & ISAT), as well as a national external written examination, set by the Directorate: Examinations and Assessment of the DHET. The external examination is written during October/November of each year, follow up with a supplementary examination in February of the next year.
ICASS for Vocational/ Fundamental subjects is done in the form of two/ three tests, two/ three tasks and internal examinations (CAT) which covers the whole syllabus. The first round of ICASS marks that takes place in March is also utilized for the bursary allocations to students, academic performance is one of the three criteria for bursary location to students and it serves as a bench mark for level two student’s academic performance.
ISAT (Integrated Summative Assessment Tasks) is done in two phases, either throughout the year or within stipulated hours in a day as prescribed in the SAGs (Subject & Assessment Guidelines). The ISAT mark is valid for a period of three years to complete a qualification. The ICASS mark is valid up to the first supplementary examination immediately following the November examinations.
A student who failed has to redo all the ICASS tasks for that subject. For students to be resulted, the following requirements are compulsory: All THREE components (ICASS, ISAT and Examination) for vocational subjects, BOTH components (ICASS and Examination) for fundamental subjects and subjects with two (2) examination papers, both papers should be written.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is responsible for the Administration and Conduct of the National examination processes.
Examination is an external (written) component of the assessment process, set by the Directorate:
Examinations and Assessment of the DHET
Students who experience barriers to learning (with special needs), that may adversely impact on their ability to perform during examination and assessments, may apply for concession (additional time) for writing the examinations.
Applications for such concessions should be applied for by the examination officer and approved by the Chief Directorate: National Examinations and Assessment. Original or certified copies of the relevant documentation that supports the diagnoses of the barrier to learning must accompany all applications.
An irregularity is any event, act or omission, or any alleged event, which may undermine or threaten to undermine the integrity, credibility, security or the fairness of the examination processes.
Students could forfeit their results and be suspended from writing examinations for a period of 11 months, should they contravene any of the examination instructions (as per National admission permit and/or Examination Instructions)
Registered students, who missed question papers due to legitimate reasons during the November examinations, should apply at the campus before the end of the November examination, to write these question papers during the Supplementary Examination.
Students, who do not submit an application, will not be allowed entry to the Supplementary examination which follows directly after the November examination.
The original or certified copies of the relevant documentation that supports the application for exemption must accompany all applications.