Illness or misadventure

Definition of illness: If your child was sick or injured or had a diagnosed medical condition affecting your child’s performance on the test or causing your child to miss the test.

Definition of misadventure: An incident or circumstances affecting your child’s performance, or causing your child to miss the test.

Evidence of illness/misadventure

If your child is affected, you should obtain relevant documentary evidence such as a medical certificate and Independent evidence of illness form (if the student missed the test and if it is possible to visit a doctor) to cover the day of the test. Upload evidence to the online Illness/misadventure request form before the due date.

Illness/misadventure requests relating to test performance must be submitted by 11:59pm on 7 April 2022.

Requests relating to missing the test must be submitted by 11:59pm on 8 April 2022. The date has been extended to accommodate the school closures due to flooding.

Depending on the circumstances it may be advisable 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 cannot be admitted.

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.

How to make a request

On test day or within 5 working days after, go to your application dashboard and click on the three dots under the Action column. Choose 'illness/misadventure'.

You will be able to upload documentation to the online form. Please combine your documentation into one file. If you are unable to upload all of your documentation, send it attached to a message in your application dashboard immediately after submitting the online form.

If your request is about illness, and if you are able to take your child to a doctor, also attach the completed Independent evidence of illness form which is available when you open the illness/misadventure option in your application dashboard. The upload of the Independent evidence of illness form is mandatory before you can submit your request. If you were unable to visit the doctor because of COVID, you can note this on the form and upload it. Then you will be able to submit the request.

After submitting, a notification will pop up on the screen to confirm submission. You will not receive an email confirmation.

If the request relates to performance on the test, you must submit the request by 7 April 2022.

If the request relates to missing the test, you must submit the request by 8 April 2022. The date was extended to accommodate the schools closed due to flooding.

Any matters relating to performance in the test will be investigated directly by Cambridge University Press and Assessment, the test developers. View the Cambridge Assessment illness/misadventure policy (PDF 167KB)

Assessment of illness/misadventure requests

The severity of the impact of the illness/misadventure is assessed by the test developers where test performance is affected. The selection committee considers the illness/misadventure causing absence from the test and makes decisions about requesting alternative evidence of academic merit if necessary. As school assessment scores are not available for students in 2021, other alternative evidence of academic merit may be sought where students miss the test in extenuating circumstances.

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

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