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Assessments to be used for application for concessions / accommodations
What are accommodations or concessions?
Concessions/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
- Planning aid
- 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 concession or accommodation?
In order to qualify for a concession or accommodation a child needs to have been assessed to have at least average intellectual ability and subsequently diagnosed with a recognised learning disability which compromises examination performance. For example, a child who has been diagnosed with Dyslexia will usually qualify for a reader and/or spelling concession.