Deferred assessment (exams, etc.)

Deferred assessment would normally be applied for if you have been prevented from completing an assessment task that is:

  • exam – end of trimester or school based
  • presentation – technical or professional
  • performance – artistic
  • guided discussion with peers; or
  • test or quiz.

These are typically scheduled to occur on a specific date.

See below for how you can apply to defer this type of assessment.

Assessment tasks that are undertaken and submitted outside of scheduled class time are a sub-category of deferred assessment, and may appear in your Course Profile as the following:

  • written assignment
  • planning document
  • research-based assignment; or
  • laboratory report.

In most instances, if you are unable to submit an assessment task of this type by the due date, you should apply for an assignment extension.

Group assessments are tasks where students work collaboratively, and submit collectively. If a group assessment task is being impacted, and you are unlikely to submit by the due date, you should apply for either an assignment extension or deferred assessment depending on the type of assessment task being undertaken. If your application is approved, an extension of time or deferred assessment may be offered to the group or individual.

Should exceptional circumstances exist, which have resulted in your performance being seriously affected, or if you have been seriously disadvantaged in attempting the assessment item, you may wish to apply for special consideration.

Applying for deferred assessment

If you are applying for deferred assessment, your application must be submitted through the online application form no later than three working days after the assessment was scheduled to take place.

Your application must also include appropriate documentation to support the grounds on which you are requesting your assessment to be deferred.

Grounds that may prevent, or prevented you, from undertaking your assessment task on the scheduled date, and associated supporting documentation, could include the following:

  • illness – medical certificate
  • accident – statutory declaration
  • temporary disability – medical certificate
  • bereavement – bereavement notice
  • sporting or cultural commitment at state, national or international representative level – letter from sporting body
  • other compassionate circumstances – statutory declaration.

You will be notified of the outcome of your request for deferred assessment application by email. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’ online enquiry.

Deferred end of trimester exams

All end of trimester deferred exams will be held during the deferred/supplementary exam period for that trimester. Refer to the Academic calendar and key dates for the deferred/supplementary exam period dates that apply to you. It is important to note that further rescheduling of a deferred end of trimester exam is not possible. If you are still unable to sit your deferred or supplementary exam because of exceptional circumstances, you may apply to withdraw after the census date due to special circumstances.

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