Special Exam Arrangements (SEAs) are offered to support students with a disability or medical condition by providing adjustments to the standard conditions under which exams are administered.
In short, students who have a temporary or permanent disability, illness and/or specific learning disability that could disadvantage them in timed assessments may apply to sit their exam under special conditions. An application needs to be made before the student sits their exam.
Special Exam Arrangements applications need to be made to the state curriculum and assessment authority through the student’s school. The application needs to be endorsed by the school principal.
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A special exam arrangement means that one or more aspects of the exam conditions have been altered so that a student with a disability can fully demonstrate their mastery in any given subject. Special exam arrangements generally mirror any reasonable adjustments made for the student in the normal classroom environment. Some of the most common access arrangements include:
Students with documented disabilities may be allowed to use assistive technology (AT) in exams if it’s their normal way of working.
AT used during exams makes sure that every student can show their knowledge and mastery to the best of their abilities. AT is a means of levelling the playing field for students with disabilities and cognitive difficulties. Exam scenarios where students can use text-to-speech, or speech-to-text technology gives the student the opportunity to sit a test independently, without relying on a teacher or other human intervention.
Schools, exam supervisors and students themselves all play a vital role in the appropriate use of AT during exam time.