Disability adjustments for the test

Applicants may request reasonable adjustments for the test if the child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition, injury or learning difficulty, to ensure reasonable access to the test. Supporting documentation is required.

Reasonable adjustments to the test are arranged so students with disabilities have access to the test on the same basis as students without disability.

Information about a student's disabilities, including medical or behavioural conditions, informs the expert panel approving reasonable adjustments for the test. It is sent to principals and presiding officers in test centres to ensure the adjustments are implemented. It is also used by selection committees to determine whether a student may have been disadvantaged by the disability.

The information cannot be used to restrict access to selective high school placement in any way.

If your child has a disability, including a medical or behavioural condition that could affect his or her performance on the test you can request adjustments for the test when you apply.

You will need to explain your child's needs in detail (such as exact font size if requesting enlarged print) in the application form. You can upload diagnostic evidence and other relevant documents to your application at the time of applying or as soon as possible afterwards.

You do not need to seek approval for your child to take glasses or asthma medication and spacers into the test room. These are allowed.

The High Performing Students Team may contact parents or the school to discuss the request and to confirm adjustments that are provided at school. Disability adjustments will not usually be granted if a student does not require them in class.

Parents must disclose medical information if life-saving medication may be required. A test supervisor will be trained to administer anaphylaxis medication. Parents of students with anaphylaxis must provide the child's Health Care Plan and the required medication to the presiding officer of the test centre on test day.

If parents are required to wait at the test centre as an adjustment for disability they must make themselves known to the presiding officer and register as a visitor at the school office with their:

  • volunteer Working with children clearance
  • 100 points of identification
  • letter of authority confirming the disability adjustment.

The office staff will tell parents where to wait.

Examples of adjustments for the test

If the requested adjustments are provided at school, the Team can arrange for these in the test. Some examples of reasonable adjustments 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.

Please advise us if your child has a disability or condition that could possibly result in disturbance to other students during the test. It may be possible to arrange separate supervision for the test in such cases if necessary.

The Team will try to assist in unforeseeable emergency situations such as a broken arm just before the test. However, some adjustments for existing conditions, such as enlarged print, cannot be modified or added to after December 2020. Adjustments requested after 10 February 2021 cannot be guaranteed.

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