Catch-ups and rescheduling test sessions

Catch-up sessions are for individual students who are absent when their class participates in tests and are to be completed within the Test window

Rescheduling occurs when students or classes cannot start or complete a test due to technical disruptions.

Catch-up sessions

Students who are absent when their class participates in the tests can sit catch-up tests later in the test window.

Schools should try to schedule catch-up tests in the prescribed test sequence as far as possible.

Catch-up tests for writing should be held as soon as possible within the test window.

The scenario below provides an example of how the rules around catch-up sessions can be applied to NAPLAN tests.

Catch-up scenario: Student misses the first 3 tests

Bob is in Year 5. He has been sick with the flu and was away from school for the first week of NAPLAN.

When he returns to school the following Monday, his class is scheduled to do the numeracy test. Bob does the numeracy test with his classmates on Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon, Bob does the writing test in a catch-up session. He then completes the reading test, followed by the conventions of language test in catch-up sessions on Tuesday.

Rescheduling test sessions

When students or classes cannot start or complete a test due to technical disruptions, the test session will be rescheduled.

Rescheduled tests must occur as soon as possible within the test window. Schools should refer to the NAPLAN national protocols for test administration and contact their Test administration authority for any questions about rescheduling.

Please also be aware:

  • Rescheduled writing tests take precedence over scheduled or catch-up testing for other domains. 

  • If writing tests must be rescheduled after day 1 (Year 3) or day 2 (Years 5, 7 and 9), the school must notify the test administration authority as soon as possible. 

  • The writing test takes priority over any rescheduled tests from day 1.