Assessment - TAFE Queensland

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Assessment

Types of Assessment

What You Need to Know

There are a variety of forms of assessment that you will undertake throughout your education and training with TAFE Queensland, including:

  • Written tasks and assignments;
  • Practical tasks;
  • Work-placement activities;
  • Applied research and projects; and
  • Examinations.

When submitting assessment you can use the Assessment Submission Sheet (DOC, 642KB).

Educational staff at your region will provide you with a Qualification Guide and other material about the assessment rules relevant to you at the commencement of your education and training.

Assessment Due Dates, Extensions and Deferred Assessment

What You Need to Know

You are required to submit assessment on or before the due date.

If you are unable to meet a schedule assessment or exam due date, you must make a request to extend or defer the due date using the Request for Extension of Assessment Form (DOC, 1MB) at least 48 hours prior to the due date.

Be aware that extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentary evidence (e.g. a medical certificate).

Alternative Assessment

What You Need to Know

If you have an identified learning difficulty, disability, or other unique circumstance you may be eligible to have an adjustment to an assessment activity, or have an alternative assessment arranged.

Talk to your educational staff for more information.

Processing of Assessments

What You Need to Know

Your teacher will mark an assessment item or provide other feedback within 10 business days of the assessment due date. Feedback may take the form of:

  • Written comments;
  • Verbal comments; and
  • Communication of the assessment outcome.

You must keep a record of any submitted assessment item for a minimum of 14 days. This will help you in case you need to re-submit the assessment.

Assessment Re-Submissions/Supplementary Assessment

What You Need to Know

Vocational Education and Training Students:

If you do not satisfy the assessment requirements on your first attempt, you will receive feedback and may be able to re-submit the assessment item.

You will only get one assessment re-submission opportunity. The assessment re-submission may involve the same assessment item as the original assessment, or it may be different.

If you do not attempt the assessment re-submission on or by the due date without prior approval or your attempt is unsatisfactory, you will be gpiven an "unsatisfactory" outcome, and will be required to re-enrol in the competency.

Remember that no assessment re-submissions will be permitted after the close of study date or after the final result for the unit of competency has been issued.

Higher Education Students:

In some cases if you are having difficulty in progressing in a unit, you may be able to apply to undertake a supplementary assessment, which is a new item of assessment to demonstrate that you have achieved the required learning outcome of the unit.

Supplementary assessments are only available in a limited number of cases where a grade of 3 has been achieved. You must apply within 5 working days of the final result for the unit being issued.

If you successfully complete the supplementary assessment, you will be awarded the grade of 4. Where the supplementary assessment is not successfully completed, the original grade of 3 will apply.

Assessment Re-Evaluations

What You Need to Know

If you believe that an assessment outcome is unfair or incorrect, you should first discuss it with you teacher (this is called an informal review).

If after this discussion you still feel the outcome is incorrect, you can submit a Request for Assessment Re-Evaluation Form (DOC, 1MB). You must submit the form to your local Customer Service Centre within 10 business days of receiving notification of the informal review from your teacher.

If there has been an error the result will be amended.

If there has not been an error TAFE Queensland will proceed with the original assessment decision.

If you are dissatisfied you have the right to request an assessment appeal.

Assessment Appeals

What You Need to Know

Internal Appeals:

If you still believe that an assessment outcome is unfair or incorrect, you have a right to appeal to your TAFE Queensland region's Disciplinary and Appeals Committee.

If you are making an appeal, it must be made in writing and submitted to the regional General Manager within 20 business days of receiving the assessment decision.

The region's Disciplinary and Appeals Committee will then consider the appeal and respond to you.

In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to make a further appeal to the TAFE Queensland Academic Board Disciplinary and Appeals Committee.

If you are making an appeal to that committee, it must be made in writing and submitted to the TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer within 10 days of receiving the Student Appeals Decision Notice.

External Appeals:

If you are still dissatisfied with the assessment decision, you have the right to take the case to an external body, such as:

  1. The Queensland Ombudsman;
  2. Australian Skills Quality Authority; or
  3. Queensland Department of Education and Training (for apprentices/trainees).

You are only allowed one external appeal decision for each assessment decision. TAFE Queensland will give due consideration to the outcome of the external appeal.

Useful Forms

Assessment Submission Sheet (DOC, 642KB)
Request for Assessment Re-Evaluation Form (DOC, 1MB)
Request for Extension of Assessment Form (DOC, 1MB)

Further Information

If you need further information talk to your TAFE Queensland region.