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.

Assessment of illness/misadventure requests

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

Where students missed the test

Where students are unable to sit the test for well-documented reasons and parents have lodged an illness/misadventure request on those grounds, they will be considered on the basis of alternative evidence of academic merit.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools, NAPLAN results may be used to indicate academic merit for those students who were unable to sit placement tests in 2022.

Where students have sat NAPLAN, they will be given a placement score based on their NAPLAN results. The score is based on a statistical model that has been developed by the department’s Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. Using this method we can compare students who missed the test with those who sat it.

The method uses data from students who take both the Selective High School Placement Test and NAPLAN tests and then uses a regression analysis to estimate the relationships between the NAPLAN scores and the results of the Selective High School Placement Test. This model is then used to generate predicted placement scores for those students who missed the Selective High School test. Their predicted scores represent the expected average from a group of students with similar NAPLAN scores who sat the placement test.

Parents are not required to send NAPLAN results as they are accessed through departmental records in most cases.

Where students have not sat NAPLAN:

  • parents of non-government school students will be approached to provide the results of a WISC-V individual IQ test conducted by an authorised practitioner. This has to be obtained at the parents’ own expense.
  • where students attend public schools, the school will be approached to request the school counsellor to conduct an individual WISC-V IQ test.

Over many years of data collected from students who sat both the Selective High School Placement Test and also provided IQ scores as alternative evidence of academic merit, a placement score can be predicted for these students.

The result of the request

The result of an illness/misadventure request is incorporated in the placement outcome.

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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