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Illness and Absence


If a student becomes ill or experiences an accident or personal trauma at the time of their TCE examinations, they may apply for Derived Examination Ratings.

Derived Examination Ratings cannot be applied for on the basis of:

  • absence from school or study for prolonged periods
  • unfamiliarity with the English language
  • exam stress/anxiety - unless it is a chronic condition for which you are receiving regular treatment
  • loss of examination preparation time
  • teacher absence or other teacher related difficulties
  • matters that a student could have avoided, e.g. misreading the examination timetable or instructions, matters related to school discipline
  • matters of a students own choosing such as involvement in social events, sporting activities, school events



    This applies to all TCE examinations - written, oral and performance.

    Attendance at Examinations

    Students should attend every examination session if at all possible and not miss an examination because they do not feel able to do their best.

    If a student does not attend an examination session and their application for Derived Examination Ratings is not approved they will not receive external ratings for that examination. TASC does not expect students to attend an examination session against medical advice, but they must have a definitive statement from their doctor about their diagnosis and inability to attend (this MUST be done using the TASC Medical Certificate), dated on the day of the examination or not more than 7 days before the examination.

    If you are unable to COMPLETE an examination due to illness, you must:

  • report to an examination supervisor and explain why you are leaving, the supervisor will document this on the report form to the TASC.
  • visit your medical practitioner and request the completion of the TASC medical certificate. Certificates MUST be provided using the TASC medical certificate form to ensure that all information required by the TASC is supplied. This certificate MUST be dated on the day of the examination or not more than 7 days before. the TASC will NOT accept medical certificates dated after the examination.

    If you COMPLETE an examination and have a valid medical covering you for this examination, your medical certificate will become null and void and cannot be accepted by the TASC.


    If you are ABSENT from an examination due to illness, you must:

  • visit your medical practitioner and request the completion of the TASC medical certificate. Certificates MUST be provided using the TASC medical certificate form to ensure that all information required by TASC is supplied. This certificate MUST be dated on the day of the examination or not more than 7 days before. TASC will NOT accept medical certificates dated after the examination.


    Medical Certificate form To be completed when an exam is missed due to illness
    (Updated Jul 28, 2015)


    If you are ABSENT from an examination for some other reason, you must write to the Executive Officer, Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification, within 5 days of the date of the examination, detailing the circumstances of your absence and providing any supporting evidence

    Closing Dates for Applications

    TASC MUST receive all applications no later than 5 days after a students last examination in the relevant examination period.

    Students will be notified of the outcome of their applications when they receive their TCE results.

    How Derived Examination Ratings are calculated

    Derived Examination Ratings are based on actual performances and not on expectations. Students going into the exam in the same school, and who were given the same ratings on each of the internal criteria as the student who missed the exam are the basis on which the Derived Examination Ratings are formed.

    For example, in Mathematics, criterion 4, 5, 6, and 7, may be internally and externally assessed. Each criterion is assessed separately, so for criterion 4 if the student had B rating internally all of the other students at their school in the same subject who had the same rating internally are checked and the derived examination rating for that criterion is based on the median result of the external exam ratings for those students.

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