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Illness/misadventure on exam day

If you become ill or suffer an accident that affects your exam performance, you should submit an illness/misadventure application form (available at the exam centre) through the principal and notify the Presiding Officer when entering the exam or as soon as possible.

It is important that you attend the exams where possible even if you believe your performance in the exam will be affected. If you cannot attend an exam because of illness or misadventure, notify your school principal immediately. You should never risk harm in order to attend an exam, or attend an exam against medical advice.

You must obtain documentary evidence generally on the day of the exam to support your illness/misadventure application. If you did not sit the exam this evidence must indicate why you were unable to attend. Read more in the HSC Rules and Procedures guide.

Emergency disability provisions

If you have an accident or an illness just before the examination, emergency provisions can be arranged. You should immediately notify your principal or year adviser in such a case.

Arriving late to the exam

If you are late to an exam advise your principal immediately and get to the exam centre as soon as possible.

Misreading the exam timetable

If you miss an exam because you have misread the timetable, you must contact your principal immediately.

Application process

Once you have obtained your evidence, completed the form and handed it in to the school, the Principal will submit your application to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW for processing. A panel will review your application and the supporting documentation before deciding to uphold or decline each component in your application. Members of the panel will review your statements, the medical or misadventure evidence, plus the Presiding Officer and Principal’s statements before making a decision. Each examination or component is treated independently which is why it is important to have comprehensive evidence for each affected component.

Results of application

In the case of most Board Developed Courses, if your application is upheld, you will be awarded the higher of your examination mark and a mark derived from your assessment mark or unaffected components of your examination. In the case of the optional VET HSC examinations, if your application is upheld you will receive your examination mark or a mark derived from an estimate submitted by your school, whichever is higher.

If your application is declined, you will be awarded the mark you achieved in the examination. If you were absent from an examination and your illness/misadventure application is declined, you will not receive any result in that course. This could mean that you become ineligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

Illness/misadventure statistics by school

The links below report HSC Illness/misadventure data for the past four years.

By year

2010-2013 Illness/misadventure appeal summary (PDF)

By school

Note that data has been blacked out for any school with less than six students in its HSC cohort and/or for any school where only one student lodged an illness/misadventure application. This is to protect the privacy of students who might otherwise be identified in a small group.

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