Illness or misadventure
The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 26 July 2017. The test is held only on this day and only in official test centres in NSW. There is no catch up test.
What is illness or misadventure?
Illness: Your child was sick or injured or had a diagnosed medical condition affecting your child's performance or causing your child to miss the test.
Misadventure: An incident or circumstances affecting your child's performance either in their school assessments or in the test, or causing your child to miss the test.
If a student misses the Opportunity Class Placement Test or cannot perform his or her best because of these circumstances parents should submit an illness/misadventure claim following the instructions below.
Grounds for illness/misadventure claims
If your child is affected, get documentary evidence as soon as possible – generally on the day of the test. Submit this evidence with a claim for illness/misadventure. Claims must be received within 2 weeks of the test date.
Illness or injury
A medical certificate for the test date is required if a student is sick or injured just prior to the test. The 'independent evidence of illness' section of the claim form must also be completed by your doctor. Long-term illnesses that affect the school assessments and the test cannot be compensated for.
Accident or misadventure
Documentary evidence is required if a student is involved in an accident or other incident that affects their performance either in the Opportunity Class Placement Test or school assessments. Submit the evidence with the claim form.
Interstate or overseas applicants may make a claim for misadventure if they are unable to sit the Opportunity Class Placement Test but attended a NSW primary school in Year 4 and the school can provide school assessment scores.
Generally, it is better for a student to take the test than to miss it – even if performance is affected. However, a student should never risk harm in order to attend the test or attend the test against medical advice.
Making an illness/misadventure claim
To make an illness/misadventure claim:
- Print and complete the Illness/Misadventure form (171KB)
- In the case of illness or injury, take the 'Independent evidence of illness' page to the child's doctor. You should also get a medical certificate.
- In the case of misadventure, collect and scan any supporting evidence.
- Complete the illness/misadventure form – include an explanation in only one section on page 2.
- Scan the completed Illness/misadventure form, medical certificate or other evidence.
- Email the form and evidence to the high performing students unit within two weeks of the test. For 2018 entry, claims must be received by Friday 11 August 2017.
Assessment of illness/misadventure claims
A decision to uphold or decline the claim will be made following a review of the application and submitted evidence by the selection committee.
A student may be considered on moderated school assessment scores, if available, when an illness/misadventure claim is upheld. If this method is unavailable parents may wish to provide results of an IQ test performed by a qualified psychologist. If neither of these options are possible, the selection committee may consider other evidence of academic merit. Even where a request is well supported by evidence and is accepted by selection committees, an adjustment is not always possible and the outcome might not change. Adjustments to scores are not released.
Parents are advised the result of an illness/misadventure claim in mid-October when the outcome of their opportunity class application is received.