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External Assessment Rule


(this rule is made by the Office under section 64 of the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification Act 2003)


Important Notes:

A) Rule 1 requires that a student must sign and return to TASC a Student Registration form. The Student Registration form includes statements that the student accepts responsibilities in regard to reading the External Assessment Rules and being aware of due dates, examination timetables and other external assessment requirements. Failure to sign the form will mean that a student will be ineligible for candidacy for external assessment.

B) TASC will not honour any advice given by a teacher or a provider that contradicts or sets aside TASCs Rules or TASC published external assessment guidelines.


1. Becoming a Candidate

To become an external assessment candidate a person must sign and return to TASC the Student Registration form issued by TASC.

2. Conduct of an examination

Each candidate must follow this rule about the conduct of external assessments arranged by or on behalf of TASC.

(a) Each candidate must attend an examination in person.

(b) A candidate must not allow any other person to attend an examination in his or her place.

(c) A person must not help any candidate to arrange for any other person to attend an examination in the candidates place.

(d) A candidate must obey any instructions or directions given in the examination room by a supervisor.

(e) No candidate may leave the examination room before the end of the first hour of the scheduled writing time.

(f) No candidate may leave the examination room in the last half an hour of the scheduled writing time.

(g) Except with the permission of the supervisor, no candidate may occupy a seat in the examination centre other than that assigned to the candidate.

(h) No candidate may communicate with any other candidate in the examination room.

(i) A candidate must not bring into the examination room any loose notes, papers, manuscripts, books or notebooks or other materials unless these are listed in the TASC requirements for this examination. A candidate must put any such books or notes that have accidentally been brought into the examination room in the section of the room that has been set aside for this purpose.

(j) A candidate must not, during an examination, give assistance to another candidate or, through lack of care, allow another to copy or otherwise use any materials; or accept help from another or, dishonestly or unfairly use any materials or, in any manner whatsoever, act dishonestly or unfairly or cheat or conspire to do so.

(k) A candidate must not remove any answer booklet, used or unused, from the examination room.

(l) A candidate must not bring any of the following items into the examination room:
  • electronic dictionaries and/or spell checkers;
  • subject specific reference books/dictionaries (exception - languages [dictionaries])
  • programmable (computerised) watches or devices (e.g., apple watch, iPods / MP3 players / mini disc or CD players, laptop computers/PDAs, iPads, tablets or similar devices;
  • recording devices of any kind;
  • electronic storage media (USB drives or other proprietary memory cards)
  • mobile telephones;
  • cameras;
  • animals;
  • any intoxicating substances;
  • any loose notes, papers, manuscripts, books, computer discs or notebooks unless their use during the examination has been permitted;
  • pencil cases or pencil bags (writing implements MUST be in a clear sealable plastic bag or clear (see-though) pencil case; or
  • any food or drinks (other than water) unless expressly given permission by TASC.

    Note: Water may be brought into an examination room provided that the water is in a clear plastic bottle that has no adhesive labels and has a pop-top lid. The bottle is to be a maximum of 1500 ml capacity and is not to be refilled or shared with other candidates during the exam.
A candidate may not bring into an examination room an approved and permitted calculator or any other form of electronic device that holds text or other information that if brought into the examination room in any other way would be a breach of section 2 of this rule.

(m) A candidate must not present for external assessment under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

(n) A candidate must not cause any nuisance, annoyance or interference to any other candidates. A candidate who does not obey an instruction given by the supervisor to stop any nuisance, annoyance or interference to any other candidates will not be allowed to complete the examination and will be required to leave the examination room immediately.

(o) A candidate must obey and observe any instruction relating to these rules given by the supervisor.

(p) A candidate must stop writing when given the instruction to do so by the supervisor.

(q) At the end of the examination each candidate must stay silent and in his or her place until told, by the supervisor, to leave the examination room.

(r) A candidate must not communicate with an examiner, either before or after an examination or during a performance examination, except when communications are necessary for the conduct of the examination. Any communication regarding the conduct or result of an examination must be directed to the Executive Officer of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification.

(s) A candidate must not cause any interference or damage to property at a venue where an examination is being conducted.

(t) A candidate must not write or draw anything offensive in an answer booklet, nor write letters or notes to the examiners.

(u) Candidates detected with any device defined in (l) upon the direction of the supervisor, surrender that device for inspection. Any confiscated device will be retained, pending an investigation into the alleged breach of TASC rules.

(v) Candidates must not remove any response material, used or unused from the examination room.

(w) ALL candidate watches MUST be removed and placed at the top of the candidates table where they can be clearly and easily seen by a supervisor.

3. Attendance at an examination

(a) A supervisor will admit a candidate to the examination room if the candidate presents a valid Notice of Enrolment. A school student without a valid Notice of Enrolment will only be admitted by the supervisor after the TASC Liaison Officer or Principal of the students school has confirmed the students identity to the supervisor and on the basis that the student will comply with this rule.

(b) A candidate who arrives up to one hour after the scheduled start of writing time for the examination will be admitted to the examination room. A candidate so admitted must stop work by the scheduled finish of writing time.

(c) A candidate arriving later than one hour from the scheduled start of writing time will be admitted only on the following conditions:
  1. that the candidate is admitted to the room on the understanding that his or her answer booklet(s) may not be accepted by TASC. The candidate must be told about this condition and must accept this requirement by completing the appropriate form (statutory declaration).
  2. that appropriate arrangements can be made to allow the candidate to complete the examination without disruption to other candidates. The candidate is allowed the full writing time for the examination but is given no time for reading.
  3. that the candidate completes a Statutory Declaration immediately following the conclusion of the examination declaring:

    • the reason for being late for the examination (note rule 3(d) below);
      that the candidate:
    • has not seen or read the examination question booklet before entering the examination room;
    • has had no communication with anyone who has had access to the contents of the examination question booklet; and
    • understands that the answer book(s) may not be accepted by TASC.
(d) TASC will not make any allowance for a candidate who is late for an examination or who is absent from an examination as a result of misreading the timetable.

(e) A candidate who, due to illness, has to leave an examination or is absent from an examination and wants this to be taken into consideration by TASC must visit a medical practitioner and request the completion of the Medical Certificate located in the Examination Guide. Medical Certificates must be dated on the day of the examination or not more than 7 days before. Medical Certificates dated after the day of examination will not be accepted, under any circumstances.

(f) A candidate who is absent from an examination for some non-medical reason and wants TASC to give them individual consideration when determining their final award must write to the Executive Officer of TASC within 5 working days of the examination. The candidate must detail the special circumstances of this absence and provide any available supporting evidence (note rule 3(d) above).

(g) During the scheduled time of an examination, a person (including a teacher) who is not authorised by TASC must not enter an examination room, communicate with a candidate or look at or remove an examination paper.

4. Externally assessed folios or other project work

(a) Any material submitted by a candidate for external assessment must, except where the source of the information, images, ideas or words is explicitly acknowledged, be the work of the candidate.

(b) An externally assessed folio or other project work will be assessed as specified in the folio guidelines published by TASC that year.

(c) TASC will only accept candidate folios of work for assessment if:
  1. the Declaration Form comes with the folio;
  2. the Declaration Form is completed by both the candidate and the responsible teacher acting on behalf of the provider; and
  3. the folio is officially received at the designated collection centre (usually a school or college) on or before the published due date (and by no later than 5.00 pm) unless TASC has given to the candidate written approval before this date for a particular later submission date.

5. Breaches of this rule

(a) Any apparent breach of the above rule or any other form of cheating or dishonesty in relation to any external assessments will be reported to the Executive Officer of TASC.

(b) The Executive Officer may decide that the apparent breach is sufficiently serious to require consideration of a possible penalty by a meeting of members of a committee formed by TASC.

(c) The meeting of members of the TASC committee will consider the circumstances of the alleged breach and determine, if necessary, an appropriate penalty.

(d) Possible penalties for candidates include:
  • cancellation of the candidates examination result for a particular subject; or
  • cancellation of all the candidates results for the year, for both internally and externally assessed subjects.

6. Special provisions

(a) Sections 2 and 3 of these rules will apply to candidates with disabilities or other impairments with such approved changes, consistent with providing a fair opportunity to all to show what they know and can do, as can be appropriate and reasonable.

(b) Candidates, supervisors and markers will be advised as needed by TASC of any approved specific changes to these rules for particular candidates.

(c) Requests for special provisions must be received in the form and by the time as specified by TASC.

7. Inspection, Return and Retention of candidate assessment material and requests to raise any matters related to individual examinations and results

(a) Requests to inspect examination scripts and folios must be submitted to TASC by January 27 in the year following the examination. The candidate must complete the application form and the approved charge must be paid in advance.

(b) Requests to raise any matters related to individual external examination and external assessment results must be submitted to TASC by January 27 in the year following the examination or assessment.

(c) All work that is required to be externally assessed at schools and colleges will remain at the relevant school until the external assessment process is complete.

(d) Candidates can request to have a copy of their written external assessment material returned to them by writing to TASC by the end of April in the year following the assessment. A copy of the material will then be returned by the end of June that year. The candidate must complete the application form and the approved charge must be paid in advance.

All examination or external assessment material held by TASC that is not being returned to candidates, retained for quality control or other accountability purposes, will be destroyed at the end of June in the year following the examination or external assessment.

Information About Breaches of External Assessment Rule 2012 - 2016


Information regarding breaches of the External Assessment Rule 2016 Information regarding breaches of the External Assessment Rule 2016
(Updated Apr 13, 2017)
Information regarding breaches of the External Assessment Rule 2015 Information regarding breaches of the External Assessment Rule 2015
(Updated Jan 25, 2016)
Information regarding breaches of the external assessment rule 2012-2014 Information regarding breaches of the external assessment rule 2012-2014
(Updated May 11, 2015)

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