Special Exam Arrangements

Special Exam Arrangements are organised for students who are at a disadvantage when completing year 11 and 12 exams due to a disability, an illness or other circumstances.

Students who possess motor skill deficits that significantly impact on their handwriting speed and legibility may be eligible for special exam provisions such as extra writing time, the use of a computer and extra rest breaks.

Evidence of the students motor skill challenges is required in many states including Victoria. Applications require evidence of the functional impact of motor skill challenges on the students ability to complete their exams. To assess this we use the Detailed Assessment of Speed of  Handwriting (DASH) which reliably assesses your young person’s performance in the completion of writing tasks.

This assessment is recommended/required in states such as Victoria, Tasmania, and Western Australia, and may support the application in states such as New South Wales and South Australia.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Special Arrangement applications are to be made to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) for the completion of VCE exams. When applying for special exam provisions on the basis of motor skill challenges the completion of the Detailed Assessment of Speed of  Handwriting (DASH) is required no earlier than the students final year of primary school. The assessment must be completed by a registered health professional (e.g. an Occupational Therapist). Other motor coordination assessments may also be considered by VCAA.

The High School Certificate (HSC)

Disability Provisions may be accessed for the completion of HSC exams if there is enough evidence to show that the students condition has significant impact on their ability to complete their exams. Evidence such as medical reports, teachers comments and handwriting samples can be used to support this application. An Occupational Therapy assessment report is not a requirement for the application process however it can provide strong evidence of the functional impact of the students disability to support the approval of special provisions.

Tasmanian Assessment Standards and Certification (TASC)

The application for reasonable adjustments can be made for students with a diagnosed condition, impairment or disability.  Supporting evidence must be provided to demonstrate their diagnosis and functional impact. The TASC office recommends the completion of an assessment/ report such as the Detailed Assessment of Speed of  Handwriting (DASH)  by a qualified practitioner to diagnose the students condition, or to assess the functional impact of an existing condition.

Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE)

Students with fine motor (handwriting) challenges may be eligible for special provisions depending on the extent to which their challenges impact their ability to compete their exams. Information from health professions is considered when determining the adjustments that may be required. Students who are applying for special provisions on the basis of fine motor disabilities, physical disabilities or other conditions affecting writing ability are required to provide the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) results from the Detailed Assessment of Speed of  Handwriting (DASH) administered by an Occupational Therapist on the year of their application.

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