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SACE Psychology exam missed by 3000 high school students due to electronic glitch

March 10, 2021

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More than 2000 South Australian students have missed an exam worth 30 per cent of their grade due to an electronic bungle.

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Psychology exam was due to be sat on Wednesday.

However, the organisation says a technical glitch means almost 3000 students have missed out on a grade for the exam, worth 30 per cent of their overall subject score.

“We are investigating what has happened and are working with our system vendor to investigate the issue. We apologise to all students that they didn’t get the experience we had planned for today,” Professor Martin Westwell, Chief Executive of the SACE Board said.

“We are disappointed for the schools and students who have put so much effort in planning for today’s exam.”

The students’ teachers will provide the SACE board with a predicted exam result, which will be derived by the SACE board in lieu of an exam result.

“Our derived result process is better than using teachers’ predicted mark alone,” Westwell said.

“Our analysis has shown that if we had used this method last year, 97 per cent of students would receive a final subject grade that either matched or was within one grade increment of their actual grade, for example from B to B+.

“While we acknowledge this action doesn’t make up for the stress of today, and the opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning in the exam, this process provides the fairest outcome for students.

“I am proud of the way all schools have gone about preparing for this electronic examination, and supported students during this incident.

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