Illness or misadventure

The Opportunity Class Placement Test for entry to Year 5 in 2024 was held on Thursday 27 July 2023. 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 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 or
  • events causing the student to miss the test

To make a request, go to your application dashboard to lodge your request. All requests must be submitted within 5 working days from the test date. This function will be available from Thursday 27 July 2023 until 11:59 pm on Thursday 3 August 2023.

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.

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.

To make a request, go to your application dashboard to lodge your request. All requests must be submitted within 5 working days from the test date. This function will be available from Thursday 27 July 2023 until Thursday 3 August 2023.

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, go to your application dashboard to lodge your request. All requests must be submitted within 5 working days from the test date. This function will be available from Thursday 27 July 2023 until Thursday 3 August 2023.

If the student is unable to sit the test due to COVID-19 illness

It is important to support your Illness/misadventure request with medical evidence that clearly shows your child’s name, nature of the illness, date of testing or diagnosis, duration of isolation period or absence from school. Examples of acceptable forms of medical evidence include:

  • Medical Clearance Notice provided by NSW Health by SMS or email.
  • Medical Certificate signed and dated by a medical practitioner.
  • Hospital Discharge form signed and dated by hospital staff.

It is not sufficient to provide a photo of a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). If your child has tested positive on a RAT you can obtain a Medical Clearance Notice by registering the positive RAT with NSW Health as soon as possible by visiting the Service NSW app or website. You can also call Service NSW on 13 77 88 to report your positive test result.

NSW Health advice prevents students with COVID-19 from visiting a doctor. An Independent evidence of illness form is therefore not required for students with COVID-19 who missed the test.

How to make an illness/misadventure 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'.

Ensure you complete the correct form, either for the test performance being affected or for being prevented from attending the test.

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. If you were unable to visit the doctor because of COVID, you can note this on the form and upload it and submit the request. The request must be submitted through the application dashboard by 11:59pm on 3 August 2023.

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

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.

NAPLAN results may be used to indicate academic merit for those students who were unable to sit placement tests in 2023.

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

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 Opportunity Class 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 Unit 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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