Exam supervisors scrambled to photocopy missing sections of a VCE test paper after handing incomplete booklets to students at a Mornington Peninsula school.
Rosebud Secondary College was one of three schools that experienced problems with the further mathematics exam on Monday.
While this was a setback, we hope it doesn't shake their confidence for further exams.
One student who sat the exam at Rosebud Secondary College said a classmate raised the alarm during reading time at the start of the test.
''Someone raised their hand and said, 'My booklet is missing a whole section'. The booklet was completely out of order,'' the student said. ''Everyone pretty much had to stop and go through and check their booklets to see if their stuff was missing. It was ridiculous.''
There are four further maths classes at the college. Further maths is the second-most popular final-year VCE subject in Victoria with 30,810 enrolments.
The student said the botched exam was particularly disappointing because the ''excellent teachers'' had worked hard to prepare the students, including weekend revision classes.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is responsible for running and supervising exams. A spokeswoman said it would investigate and review the matter with the printer.
She said students were given the ''appropriate time'' to complete the exam.
Each case was dealt with by sending an electronic copy of the exam to the school or the school photocopied the relevant section of the paper from a correct version and provided it to the students, the spokeswoman said.
''If any student is found to have not had the opportunity to complete the paper in its entirety, the VCAA will make appropriate adjustments to ensure no student is disadvantaged.''
Rosebud Secondary College acting principal Geoff Seletto said the school contacted the VCAA when it became apparent something was awry.
''These kids and their teachers had worked really hard all year. While this was a setback, we hope it doesn't shake their confidence for further exams,'' he said.
Mr Seletto said the school would support any students who wanted to apply for special consideration.
''Full marks for the way they did see the paper through to its completion. They showed some pretty good resilience there.''
Mr Seletto said the students met with their teachers after the exam and discussed what they felt was a ''rather awkward layout''. He also praised the external supervisors for their handling of the error.
Last year, the assessment authority apologised after a giant robot appeared in an altered version of an artwork in the history: revolutions exam.