The format refers to the type of piece being analysed. In VCAA Language Analysis there are many different types of pieces that can appear.


Some formats that may appear for analysis include:

  • An article
  • A speech
  • A newsletter
  • A review
  • An opinion piece
  • An open letter
  • A letter to the editor
  • An advertisement
  • The transcript of a debate
  • The transcript of a radio or television program
  • An editorial

Past exam formats

While there is a tendency to focus on newspaper articles throughout the year, VCAA exams in the past six years have contained a range of formats:

2008     An open letter in a local sports club’s newsletter

2009     An online blog

2010     A speech

2011     An online blog with four comments from readers

2012     A speech

2013     A newsletter