The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Exam

What is WACE

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is the credential given to students who have completed Year 11 and Year 12 of their secondary schooling in the state of Western Australia, Australia, and is intended to become the Western Australian certificate within the Australian Certificate of Education, part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

As of 2010, the requirements for successful completion of WACE are:

  • For students to achieve the WACE, they must have completed 10 full-year course units over Years 11 and 12
  • Achieve an average of C grade or better in at least eight of these full-year (or equivalent) subjects. At least four of these subjects must also be at Year 12 level.
  • Complete four English units (the equivalent of two full years study of English - Years 11 and 12 combined)
  • Meet English competency requirements (satisfied by a final, scaled mark of 50 or more in English).


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