Disability test provisions

Applicants may request disability test provisions because of a disability including a medical or behavioural disorder or injury – supporting documentation is required.

If your child has a disability including a medical or behavioural disorder  that could affect his or her performance on the test, you can ask for disability test provisions when you apply. If your child is likely to cause a disturbance in the test centre you must disclose this  information. If you believe your child needs disability test provisions, you will need to provide diagnostic evidence that focuses on the functional impact of the disability on test performance.

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.

Disability test 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 disability provisions granted for the test.

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

Examples of disability test provisions

Some examples of possible test provisions for disabilities including medical or behavioural disorders 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 Team  will try to assist in unforeseeable emergency situations such as a broken arm just before the test. However, disability test provisions for existing conditions cannot be modified or added to after Wednesday 10 July 2019. Disability test provisions requested after 10 July 2019 cannot be guaranteed.

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

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