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Illness/misadventure

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 NESA 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

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

By year

2014–2016 Illness/misadventure application summary

Year Number of HSC exam students Number of students lodging I/M applications Percentage of students who lodged an I/M application Number of HSC student exam courses applied for Number of student exam components applied for Number of student exam components upheld Percentage of exam components upheld Number of applied courses fully or partially upheld Number of course mark changes Percentage of fully or partially upheld courses with mark changes
2016 73043 4434 6% 9334 11551 9015 78% 7161 5345 75%
2015 73408 4530 6% 10039 12472 9831 79% 7861 5795 74%
2014 72712 4431 6% 9848 12240 9646 79% 7674 5729 75%

2013 Illness/misadventure appeal summary

Year Number of HSC exam students Number of students lodging I/M appeals Percentage of students lodging I/M appeals Number of HSC student exam courses Number of HSC student exam courses appealed Percentage of courses where appeal lodged Number of appealed courses upheld Percentage of appealed courses upheld Number of course mark changes Percentage of upheld courses with mark changes
2013 71640 4831 7% 342633 10643 3% 9227 87% 6549 71%

By school

Note that a small number of schools have been blacked out to protect the identity of individual students or where the percentages may be misleading due to the small candidature of the school.