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AMEB (NSW) makes every effort to ensure that exams comply with published policies and procedures.
There may be occasions when teachers, parents and/or candidates wish to lodge a formal appeal or complaint about how an exam was conducted and the exam result.
Formal procedures are available to appeal an exam result and to ensure:
- teachers, parents and/or candidates are treated with respect and equity and
- AMEB (NSW) staff and/or examiners are provided with the right of reply.
All formal appeals to AMEB (NSW) are treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.
Correspondence is only accepted from the enrolling person. AMEB (NSW) will not accept or act upon anonymous appeals.
Grounds for appeal
Appeals will be considered on the following grounds:
- the examination report is not consistent with the result awarded
- the examination report is inconsistent with syllabus objectives
- studio facilities had a direct and substantially adverse affect on the candidate's performance.
Appeals questioning the grade awarded to the candidate, without any specific grounds, will not be accepted.
How to appeal Grade exams
The form must be signed by:
- the enrolling person
- the teacher, if they did not enrol the candidate and
- the candidate, if they are over 18 years of age, or their parent/guardian if there are under 18 years of age.
To be considered, appeals must be submitted to the AMEB (NSW) office within ten (10) business days of the exam report being uploaded to AMEB Connect.
Licentiate Diploma exam appeals must be lodged with the Federal AMEB office.
- Appeals are initially addressed by the State Manager.
- Examiners who are the subject of an appeal receive a copy of the correspondence. Please ensure teacher identifiers are not included in the appeal criteria text. Examiners must provide a written response to the State Manager.
- Issues that require further consideration are referred to the AMEB (NSW) Examinations Committee.
- The AMEB (NSW) Board may further consider matters of a legal and more serious nature.
After due consideration of the issues raised and in consultation with AMEB (NSW) examiners, administrators and/or Board members, as appropriate, a written response will be provided.
Due to the nature of these procedures, it takes 4 to 8 weeks to finalise the matter and provide a response.
The decision of AMEB (NSW) is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.