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 issues.

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.

Individual students sitting catch-up tests should sit the reading test before the conventions of language test wherever possible. 

The scenarios below provide examples of how the rules around catch-up sessions can be applied to NAPLAN Online.

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 can complete the numeracy test with his classmates on Monday morning.

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

Catch-up scenario: Student misses the reading test

Jenny is absent from school on Wednesday and Thursday in the first week. While she is away her Year 7 class completes the writing and reading tests. 

When Jenny returns to school the next day, her class is completing the conventions of language test in the morning. Students must complete the reading test before they can undertake the conventions of language test, where possible, and Jenny has missed the reading test. Therefore, she does not complete this test at the same time as her classmates.

Jenny completes the writing and reading tests in catch-up sessions with a break of 20 minutes in between. She can then undertake the conventions of language test in a separate catch-up session during the second week.

Rescheduling test sessions

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

Rescheduled tests must occur during the test window. Contact your test administration authority if you have any questions about rescheduling.

Please also be aware:

  • Rescheduled classes must complete the reading test before the conventions of language test as there is a link between these two tests.
  • Rescheduled writing tests must occur within the two-day writing window. All other rescheduled tests must occur within the nine-day online test window.
  • The writing test takes priority over any rescheduled tests from day 1.