Special test provisions

Applicants may request special provisions because of a disability, medical or behavioural condition or injury – supporting documentation is required.

If your child has a disability or condition that could affect his or her performance on the test, you can ask for special test provisions when you apply. You must provide supporting documentation such as a medical certificate or diagnostic document, if you are requesting special test provisions.

Parents must disclose medical information if life-saving medication is required. From 2019 a test supervisor will be trained to administer anaphylaxis medication. Parents of students with anaphylaxis will not be required to wait outside the test centre. They must provide the child's Health Care Plan and the required medication to the test centre staff on test day.

Special provisions will not normally be granted if a student does not require them in class. However, students will not necessarily receive the same provisions as granted for other tests. The High Performing Students Team may contact the school or applicant to discuss the request.

The applicant, student's current public primary school principal and the person in charge of the test will be advised in writing of any special provisions granted for the test.

Students with disabilities or behavioural or medical conditions will be given special consideration by selection committees.

Examples of special provisions

Some examples of possible test provisions for disabilities, medical or behavioural conditions include:

  • large print test papers
  • FM transmitters
  • test papers printed on a specific colour
  • separate seating or a seat at the front
  • closer supervision
  • showing answers in the question booklet instead of the answer sheet
  • medications or equipment to be taken to the test centre.

The Team has the discretion to refuse to test any student with the potential to exhibit behaviour which may intimidate or cause harm to supervisors or other students unless parents are prepared to make themselves available to immediately remove the student from the test centre if required.

The Unit will try to assist in unforeseeable emergency situations such as a broken arm just before the test. However, special test provisions for existing conditions cannot be modified or added to after Wednesday 11 July 2018. Special test provisions requested after 11 July 2018 cannot be guaranteed.

It is important that any special provisions granted maintain the academic rigour of the exam and do not give an advantage to a student.

Where special test provisions are not granted, applicants may lodge an illness/misadventure request.

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