A request for review based on sudden illness, incident or misadventure (including the misalignment of answers) can be made if there were unforeseen factors which occurred during the test which could have prevented the applicant from performing to the best of their ability.
A parent who wishes to lodge a formal review based on illness, incident or misadventure will have seven days from their child’s testing date to lodge an Illness, Incident or Misadventure Review Request form and which will be available on the website from the start of formal testing.
Matters considered valid grounds to lodge a request include:
- suspected misalignment of answers in the exam
- test centre problems such as disruptions
- unforeseen illness or injury occurring during the test
- difficult family circumstances and/or bereavements in the immediate period leading up to the test where the impact could not be reasonably managed with a reschedule.
Matters which are not considered valid grounds to lodge a request include:
- a known disability, illness or impairment for which a reschedule and/or Adjusted Testing Conditions could have been sought prior to the testing
- lack of familiarity with the placement process, the English language, Australian culture and/or the WA education system
- age or background of the student, lack of test preparation or failure of the child to complete one or more tests
- anything voluntary and avoidable that stopped the child from sitting the test or doing his or her best in the test, such as participation in entertainment, sporting events, attendance at excursions, camps, or a holiday trip.
Misalignment reviews involve a rigorous examination of response patterns on a child’s answer sheet corresponding to the answer key in conjunction with the Lead Supervisor’s Report. Misalignments usually occur when a child skips a question and puts the rest of their answers out of order on their answer sheet. Misalignment investigations are labour intensive and time critical and are undertaken by Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
All other reviews will be conducted by an ASET Review Panel who will consider the evidence provided in conjunction with the Lead Supervisor’s Report. The outcome of all Illness, Incident or Misadventure Review Requests will be communicated to families prior to the release of ASET Performance Reports.
A review based on sudden illness, misadventure or suspected misalignment may or may not result in a change to a child’s scores and impact a current or future offer of placement.