Applicants may request special test provisions because of a disability, medical condition or behaviour disorder. Requests for special test provisions should be made by the student's parent in the application or by the school principal at the time of applying.
Applications for special test provisions are assessed individually. The Unit may contact the school or the applicant to discuss appropriate arrangements. Special test provisions will not normally be provided if a student does not require them in class.
As soon as possible after applying, parents must provide supporting evidence of disabilities, conditions or disorders, such as medical certificates, if requesting special test provisions.
Examples of special test provisions include front seating for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, large print papers for students with vision impairments, and FM transmitters for students with hearing impairments.
The fact that a student has previously been granted a special test provision for a certain condition does not necessarily mean that another student will be granted the same provision.
Some requests such as a scribe, a computer or extra time to complete the test cannot be granted, even if a student has them for other tests.
The applicant, the student's current government primary school principal and the presiding officer (the person who administers the test) will be advised in writing of the special test provisions that have been granted.
Where special test provisions cannot be granted, applicants may lodge an illness/misadventure claim. The selection committee has the discretion to consider the student on alternative evidence of academic merit such as moderated school assessment scores.
It is important that any special test provision must maintain the academic rigour of the exam and must not give any unfair advantage to the student.