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Inspection of External Assessment Material


The Office offers candidates who have undertaken external assessment the opportunity to inspect the material (and mark sheets) which were used for their external assessment.

The purpose of allowing candidates to inspect their examination material is:

  • to enable candidates to learn from their past experiences to better prepare them for future examinations; and
  • to allow candidates to be confident that all their material has been assessed and correctly processed.


The candidate may be accompanied by one other person if they so wish. We recommend that if you bring someone with you they have expertise in the relevant subject, so they can work through any of the issues you have.

There is a charge of $15.00 per subject (for half an hour inspection period), which is payable with their application. The application form can be downloaded below.


Application for Inspection of Written Assessment Materials


Requests to inspect 2016 externally assessed material must be submitted to the TASC before:

  • 4 January 2017 - Year 12/13 candidates only. These inspections will take place as follows: North (9 January), North-west (10 January) and South (11 January) at regional locations to be advised.

    Candidates will be contacted via email and advised of their appointment time. It should be noted that only ONE appointment time will be scheduled. There will be no opportunity for negotiation of dates or times.
  • 27 January 2017 - For Year 11 candidates and those Year 12/13 candidates who did not submit a request prior to 4 January.

    These inspections will take place in February at the candidates school/colleges. It should be noted that only ONE appointment time will be scheduled. There will be no opportunity for negotiation of dates or times.

LATE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.


Externally assessed materials WILL NOT be remarked, nor will external results be altered, unless there is an administrative error such as the transcribing of results from the script to the computer or in the addition of marks.

Information on Practical based subjects - with no written assessment:


The below externally subjects do not have a written assessment:

Art Production (ART315112)
Art Studio Practice (ART315214)
Theatre Performance (SDP315115)


Candidates of these subjects who have a query about their assessment, but for whom no inspection is available should do the following:

  • Complete an inspection application form (and enclose payment of $15.00) for each subject. Payment of this fee covers the administration costs associated with this request.

  • Attach a letter to the application form and outline their concerns about their external assessment in one of the above listed subjects. You need to be as specific as possible.


These requests will then be reviewed by a TASC Officer and information provided (where necessary) to the Chief Marking Examiner for investigation.

A formal response about the outcome of this investigation will then be returned to the student in approximately 20 working days.

Queries about practical based components of subjects - with written assessments:


The below externally subjects have practical components and do have a written assessment:

Drama (SDD315115)
Dance Choreography & Performance (DNC315115)


Candidates of these subjects who have a query about their practical assessment, but for whom no inspection is available should do the following:

  • Complete an inspection application form (and enclose payment of $15.00) for each subject. Payment of this fee covers the administration costs associated with this request.

  • Attach a letter to the application form and outline their concerns about their external assessment in one of the above listed subjects. You need to be as specific as possible.


These requests will then be reviewed by a TASC Officer and information provided (where necessary) to the Chief Marking Examiner for investigation.

A formal response about the outcome of this investigation will then be returned to the student in approximately 20 working days.

Additional Information for people inspecting externally assessed material


TASC offers you and/or your nominee the opportunity to inspect the original written material which was used for your external assessment. Original material may not be removed or marked in any way.

TASC does not provide you with personal feedback regarding your particular performance. Copies of assessment reports and exam papers may be available from the TASC officer present.

When inspecting material you should be aware that the most consistent fine-line decisions were made at the time of the original assessment when the comparison between the performance of all students in the state is fresh in the examiner's mind. Accordingly, unless there is a clear problem, such as one of those indicated below, material will not be assessed again.

Administrative Error:


  • If you discover a possible administrative error, such as in the transcribing of results from the material to the computer or in the addition of marks, bring the error to the attention of the TASC officer present.

  • If confirmed as an error it will be corrected by the Office.

  • The expected time to correct an administrative error is approximately 10 working days from the date of inspecting the material. You will receive a formal letter, outlining any change, together with any revised documentation (as appropriate).

Unmarked Material:


  • If you think that some material may not have been marked then you must bring this to the attention of the TASC officer present.

  • The Office will arrange for any unmarked material to be marked.

  • The expected time to have any additional marking undertaken is approximately 20 working days from the date of inspecting the material. You will receive a formal letter, outlining any change, together with any revised documentation (as appropriate).

Incomplete or inconsistent application of process:


  • If you think that some part of the assessment process may not have been undertaken fully or consistently then raise the matter with the TASC officer present. He or she will explain the details of the relevant process. It should be noted that most subjects have particular subject-specific approaches to the various parts of the assessment process.

  • If there appears to be a possible failure to follow a correct process or procedure, the resolution of which could possibly result in an improved award, the Office will undertake any necessary investigation. This may require the Office to contact the Chief Marking Examiner for confirmation or clarification.

  • Chief Marking Examiners will only be contacted once all inspection of examination material sessions have taken place.

  • You will receive a formal letter, outlining the outcome of the investigation, together with any revised documentation (if appropriate).


If an error is detected, regardless of the cause of the error, your final result cannot be better than it would have been if the error had not occurred. In particular, this means that Assessment Panel borderline upgrades will be withdrawn if the result becomes ineligible for such consideration.



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