Illness, injuries or events considered

The temporary illness, injury, trauma or serious event or occurs just before (within a week of a candidate’s first examination) or during the examinations.

Examples of a temporary illness, trauma or serious event

Examples of a temporary illness, trauma or serious event include:

  • gastroenteritis
  • notifiable diseases eg measles, whooping cough
  • hospitalisation of a parent with a serious medical condition
  • death of a grandparent
  • flooding causing a bridge closure with no alternative route for candidates to get to their examination.

The temporary illness, trauma or serious event must have a clear, visible negative effect on the candidate’s performance and/or stopped them from attending the examination. Candidates must provide evidence gathered at the time of the examination or preparation period to confirm their eligibility.

The temporary illness, trauma or other serious event must be of a significant nature. The following are not normally grounds for a derived grade:

  • stress or anxiety due to having to sit examinations
  • minor ailments such as minor cough, cold or headache
  • self-interest absence or parents being on holiday
  • day-to-day family or school-based disturbances
  • death or euthanasia of a pet
  • minor traffic incidents.

Significant conditions or events after 1 October

Significant conditions or events after 1 October which have a significant and visible negative effect on the candidate’s performance and/or attendance, might be accepted. The candidate must demonstrate that effective preparation was not possible and provide evidence, gathered at the time of the examinations, that the candidate was under continuous and well-documented care by a registered or independent professional.

Significant conditions or events could include:

  • a life-threatening illness e.g. meningitis diagnosis
  • accident causing a significant concussion diagnosis
  • hospitalisation for a serious medical condition
  • death of close family member e.g. parent/sibling.

Derived grades are not available for the following:

  • Level 1 and 2 Visual Art
  • MCAT –  Mathematics Common Assessment Task
  • Verified Languages – Lea Faka Tongan, Korean, Cook Island Māori

Schools apply their missed assessment or late assessment policy for these subjects.

 
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