WHAT ARE ACCOMMODATIONS / ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
Access arrangements/accommodations are two interchangeable terms used to describe certain special circumstances or devices that students can apply for when writing exams. These include:
- Extra time
- A scribe (someone to write down their answers)
- A reader (someone to read the exam paper for them)
- Amanuensis (A person who reads and scribes for the learner)
- Spelling concessions
- Reading apparatus
- Enlarged print
- Use of a computer
- Permission to take food / medication during the examination
- Rest breaks
- Separate venue
- Permission to use special equipment
When does a child qualify for a specific accommodation?
In order to qualify for accommodations a child needs to have been assessed by a qualified Psychologist and found to have difficulties which compromises examination performance. For example, a child who has been diagnosed with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Disorder of Reading may qualify for a reader and/or spelling leniency and computer use.
All examinations boards have their own criteria as to what scores will be acceptable to apply for such accommodations. Therefore, undergoing an assessment does not guarantee that a child will meet criteria for accommodations.