The General Achievement Test or GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, the arts and social sciences taken by all Victorian students prior to completing their VCE.
It consists of 70 multiple choice questions on two categories; Arts/Humanities and Science/Mathematics. There are also two writing tests to be completed. One is usually an informative piece based on information given, while the second is an opinionative to be based on statements provided.
At the end of the year the student will receive a statement of marks showing their numerical score for each section (Writing, Arts/Humanities and Science/Maths) as well as a standardised study score out of 50 for each section.
The GAT is an important part of the VCE assessment procedures. Although it isn't part of the graduation requirements and doesn't count towards a students final VCE results or ENTER, the GAT plays an important role in checking that a school's assessments and examinations have been accurately assessed.
Therefore, if a student is enrolled in Units 3 and 4 of any VCE study — whether in Year 11 or Year 12 — they must sit the GAT unless exempted by the VCAA.
However, the GAT is viewed as a waste of time by many students. Since the Project Clooney '09 prank on the GAT, hundreds Facebook pages and groups ridiculing the 2010 GAT appeared - both before and after the GAT itself..
Some of these groups ridiculing the 2010 GAT include "the Bear Grylls project" which was the 2010 version of Project Clooney '09.
Year 12 Western Australian students also sat the GAT for a short period. This test was introduced into Western Australia as a trial to provide schools with feedback on the standard of assessment used for the new WACE courses. The GAT in Western Australia was however abandoned after the trial period and is no longer used.
The GAT in Victoria, as of 2008, has been taken into consideration for the middle band for courses by Monash University if a student misses out on the course because their ENTER score is just below the cut-off score.