Reasonable adjustments for the test

Parents can request reasonable adjustments for the test when applying. Reasonable adjustments are practical arrangements designed to allow students to access and participate in the test on the same basis as students without a disability, in accordance with the National Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Information about disability

On the application, parents must disclose information about a child’s disability, including a medical or behavioural condition that could affect his or her safety or performance during the test, or that might require a life-saving response such as medication. Parents can also request reasonable adjustments for the test.

Requesting reasonable adjustments

If you believe your child requires adjustments made for the test you will need to explain your child’s needs in detail in the application (such as exact font size if requesting large print) and upload supporting documentation to your application.

The Unit may contact you and/or the school to confirm the existing adjustments the student has at school. In many cases, if the requested adjustments are already provided at school, the Unit can arrange for these in the test.

You do not need to make arrangements for your child to bring glasses or asthma medication. These are automatically allowed for any student.

The Unit 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 19 May 2023. Adjustments requested after 19 May 2023 cannot be guaranteed.

Examples of reasonable adjustments

Examples of reasonable adjustments could include but are not limited to large print or coloured test papers, extra time, medical equipment, answering in the question paper, specific seating and taking medications into the test room.

A person trained in anaphylaxis response will be present at each test centre. Parents of students with anaphylaxis sitting the test must take an anaphylaxis kit to the chief invigilator before the test starts. The Unit will send these parents information about the anaphylaxis kit well before the test day.

If your child has a disability requiring adjustments to the testing environment to maintain optimal testing conditions for all, separate room supervision arrangements may be considered. This needs to be noted on the application.

Font and paper sizes

The question papers and answer sheets for the test are printed in Arial font in size N12 (size 12 font). For students requiring large print and/or enlarged papers, the following options are available: Size 18 (A4 paper), Size 24 (A4 paper), Size 24 (A3 paper), Size 36 (A3 paper). All large print and/or enlarged test papers are printed in Arial font.

How is the information about disability used?

Information that parents and schools provide about disability is used for approving and arranging reasonable adjustments for the test. The Unit sends advice to principals and chief invigilators in test centres to ensure the adjustments are implemented.

Information about disability is also considered for equity placement. Learn more about the Equity Placement Model.

Information parents provide about disability cannot be used to restrict access to opportunity class placement in any way.

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