Illness or misadventure

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for entry to Year 5 in 2022 is on Wednesday 21 July 2021. The test is held on the one day only in NSW test centres.

What is illness or misadventure?

Illness: If 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.

Grounds for illness/misadventure requests

You can make a request for special consideration for illness/misadventure about:

  • events affecting performance on the test
  • events causing the student to miss the test
  • events affecting performance on assessments at school

To make a request, go to your application dashboard to lodge your request. This function will be available from 21 July 2021 to 28 July 2021.

If test performance is affected

If your child sits the test but is sick or injured or an event affects performance on the test, you must get a medical certificate for the test day, as well as any other relevant evidence.

To make a request for special consideration of illness/misadventure affecting test performance, you will need to submit the request within 5 working days of the test, by 28 July 2021 via the link to an online form in your application dashboard.

It may be better for the student to sit the test and make an illness/misadventure request afterwards. However, students must not attend the test if there is a risk to their health or the health of others, such as in cases of contact with contagious disease. Students with signs of respiratory illness may not be admitted.

Any matters relating to performance in the test will be investigated directly by Cambridge Assessment, the new test developers. View the 'Cambridge Assessment illness/misadventure policy' (available from 21 July 2021).

If the student is unable to sit the test

If your child was prevented from sitting the test for a good reason you can make a request for special consideration of illness/misadventure based on missing the test.

To support the request, you will need to have a medical certificate, Independent evidence of illness form and/or other evidence that covers the test day.

To make a request for special consideration of illness/misadventure based on missing the test you will need to submit the request within 5 working days of the test, by 28 July 2021 via the link to the online form in your application dashboard. This function will be available from 21 July to 28 July 2021.

Follow this procedure also for students who are overseas or interstate on the day of the test but were in a NSW school for Year 4.

If the problem is with school assessments

If you believe something has occurred to prevent your child from gaining higher school assessment scores, you should provide evidence when you make the request.

To make a request for special consideration of illness/misadventure based on school assessment scores you will need to submit the request within 5 working days of the test, by 28 July 2021 via the link to the online form in your application dashboard. This function will be available from 21 July to 28 July 2021.

You will need to download the principal's comment form from your dashboard and give it to the principal of the school that provided the scores by 28 July 2021. Ask the principal to write a comment about the school assessment scores and return the form to the Team by 4 August 2021.

After the Team sends placement outcomes to parents, the Team cannot accept appeals about problems that were or should have been considered through the illness/misadventure process.

Assessment of illness/misadventure requests

The selection committee considers the likely effect of the illness/misadventure and makes decisions about alternative evidence of academic merit.

Parents are notified of the result of an illness/misadventure request in early October when the outcome of their opportunity class application is released.


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