If you are sick and cannot attend an exam, only the official TASC Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate will be accepted as evidence.

If you are unable to attend an exam due to COVID-19 related illness, you must submit the official TASC Senior Secondary External Assessment Medical Certificate and provide evidence specific to your circumstances. Additional information about what to do for individual circumstances is outlined below.
Printable FAQs – applies as at 17/10/2022


Frequently Asked Questions

If you test positive to COVID-19 you should stay home if you have ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing).

  1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  2. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
  3. Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test/diagnosis and TASC will verify.
  4. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

*The name and contact details of the GP you have provided to Public Health.

If you test positive to COVID-19 via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) you should stay home if you have ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing).

  1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  2. Register your Rapid Antigen Test positive result with Public Health on the day of your test.
    Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) – Positive Result Declaration Form (health.tas.gov.au)
  3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
  4.  Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test/diagnosis and TASC will verify.
  5. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

*The name and contact details of the GP you have provided to Public Health.

If you cannot attend an exam as you are unwell and awaiting results of your PCR test (from a TAS state-testing centre or a private PCR testing provider) you must:

  1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
  2. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
  3. Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test and TASC will verify.
  4. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

    If you receive a negative result from a PCR test your certificate will only be valid for the period between the date of your PCR test and the date of your result.

    If you remain unwell and cannot attend additional exams (after receiving the negative result), you must follow the instructions for Illness & emergency during exams – TASC:

    1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
    2. Immediately arrange an appointment with your GP. The appointment should be the same day as your exam. If this isn’t possible, it should be no more than seven days before OR five business days after the exam.
    3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP.
    4. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail within three days of the appointment.
    5. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

    If you receive a negative result from a PCR test your certificate will only be valid for the period between the date of your PCR test and the date of your result. If you are well enough to attend your exam you should do so.

    If you cannot attend your exam while waiting for your results for a PCR test you must:

    1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
    2. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
    3. Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test and TASC will verify.
    4. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

    If you remain unwell and cannot attend additional exams (after receiving the negative result) you must follow the instructions for Illness & emergency during exams – TASC:

    1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
    2. Immediately arrange an appointment with your GP. The appointment should be the same day as your exam. If this isn’t possible, it should be no more than seven days before OR five business days after the exam.
    3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP.
    4. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail within three days of the appointment.
    5. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

    A TASC Medical Certificate is valid for 7 days.

    If you remain unwell 7 days after you have tested positive and you are unable to attend an exam, you must:

    1. Tell your school the reason you can’t attend the exam.
    2. Immediately arrange an appointment with your GP. The appointment should be the same day as your exam. If this isn’t possible, it should be no more than seven days before OR five business days after the exam.
    3. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide it to your GP.
    4. Your GP needs to provide TASC with your completed Section A and their completed Section B by email or by mail within three days of the appointment.
    5. You will be advised by TASC by email if your medical certificate has been accepted and you will receive derived results.

       

      The current Public Health recommendation if you test positive to COVID-19 is that you should stay home if you have ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing).
      Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

      Speak with your school about what is in your best interest and the best interest of others around you.

      If you experience hay fever, speak with your GP about treatments to manage your symptoms.

      If you are concerned that your hay fever symptoms may present as another respiratory illness, such as COVID-19, you may wish to obtain a letter confirming that your symptoms are hay fever related and are managed under a treatment plan.

      The usual Illness & emergency during exams – TASC processes are in place if you are unable to attend your performance exam due to being COVID-19 positive and having ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing).

      If you are unwell for an ensemble exam speak with your teacher about the processes in place at your school to ensure the performance exam can go ahead.

      1. Immediately tell your school the reason you can’t attend the performance exam.
      2. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
      3. Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test/diagnosis and TASC will verify.
      4. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

      *The name and contact details of the GP you have provided to Public Health.

      The usual Illness & emergency during exams – TASC processes are in place if you are unable to attend your oral language exam due to being COVID-19 positive and having ongoing respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing).

      1. Immediately tell your school the reason you can’t attend the oral language exam.
      2. Complete Section A of the TASC Medical Certificate and provide GP contact details* in Section B if you test positive for COVID-19.
      3. Attach all authorised evidence you have of your test/diagnosis and TASC will verify.
      4. Continue to check your email as you will be advised by TASC by email if you need to provide further evidence / if your medical certificate has been accepted.

      *The name and contact details of the GP you have provided to Public Health.

      Derived exam ratings will be applied to determine your results, if it is accepted that you are sick or experience an emergency and can’t attend your exam (in whole or in part).

      For more information about derived exam ratings, see the information sheet on Student Results using Derived Exam Ratings.