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 online test window. As Year 3 students do the writing test on paper, they must complete their catch-up writing test by Friday of the first week of NAPLAN testing.

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

Catch-up scenario: Student misses the first three tests

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

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

On Monday afternoon, Bob does the writing test in a catch-up session. He can then complete the reading test, followed by the conventions of language test 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), day 2 (Year 5) or day 3 (Years 7 and 9), the school must notify the TAA as soon as possible. 
  • The writing test takes priority over any rescheduled tests from day 1.