Illness or misadventure

The Selective High School Placement Test for entry in 2021 is on Thursday 12 March 2020. The test is held on the one day only in NSW test centres. There is no catch up test.

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.

Evidence of illness/misadventure

If your child was affected, you should submit documentary evidence such as a medical certificate to cover the day of the test, along with the Illness/misadventure form (which includes the independent evidence of illness page). The illness/misadventure form is available here from the test date until the due date two weeks after the test, 26 March 2020.

Grounds for illness/misadventure requests

If your child misses the test for a good reason you can submit a request for consideration of Illness/misadventure with supporting evidence to the Team.

If your child is sick or injured on the test day you must include a medical certificate to cover the test date and the 'Independent evidence of illness', on page 3 of the form, completed by your medical practitioner. Generally, it is better for the student to take the test than to miss the test even if the student's performance is affected. Students should never risk harm to themselves or others in order to attend the test or attend the test against medical advice. In 2020 parents were told to not take their children to the test if they had any symptoms of respiratory illness, in light of COVID-19.

If your child sits the test and you are aware of a problem that may have significantly affected your child's performance either IN THE TEST or AT SCHOOL LAST YEAR you should submit an illness/misadventure form.

Issues you could raise through the illness/misadventure process may include illness, injury, incidents on the day of the test, family circumstances, bereavement and other factors affecting the student's performance.

Interstate or overseas applicants may request consideration of misadventure if:

  • they are unable to sit the Selective High School Placement Test
  • they attended a NSW primary school in Year 5
  • The school can provide school assessment scores that can be moderated.

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.

Making an illness/misadventure request

For 2021 entry, the time for submitting illness/misadventure forms has closed.

To make a request for consideration of illness/misadventure:

  • Print and complete the Illness/misadventure form (available here for two weeks after the test).
    • (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. Both must cover the day of the test.
    • 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 Team by 26 March 2020.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your form. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your illness/misadventure request by 17 April 2020, contact the Team at or phone 1300 880 367.

Assessment of illness/misadventure requests

The selection committee makes the decision to accept the request following a review of the evidence submitted.

A student may be considered on moderated school assessment scores, if available, when an illness/misadventure request is upheld.

If an illness/misadventure request is made for a student who missed the test and who does not have reliable school assessment scores that can be moderated, the student may be considered on the basis of a reliable full scale WISC V IQ score and any other assessment that may be requested. In cases where the IQ test may be the only comparable evidence of academic merit, government primary schools may be asked to allow their school counsellor to conduct the test. If this option is unavailable parents will need to arrange for their child to be tested at their own expense.

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. Any adjusted scores as a result of illness/misadventure requests are not released.

The Team tells parents the result of an illness/misadventure request in early July when the outcome of their selective high schools application is sent.

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