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Alternative arrangements for examinations and term tests

Alternative examination and terms test arrangements

Alternative arrangements for examinations and terms tests are designed to assist you if you experience difficulty sitting examinations or tests under conventional circumstances. Alternative arrangements accommodate a student's disability/impairment related needs with the aim of providing an equitable opportunity to participate and achieve.

Disability Information & Support can arrange;

  • Readers
  • Writers
  • Additional time (the standard extra time is 10 minutes per hour of examination)
  • Ergonomic equipment
  • Alternative formatting of exam papers
  • The use of a computer
  • Separate rooms
  • 
Other arrangements that best meet the documented needs of students.

Supporting documentation

Unless current and relevant documentation is already held by Disability Information and Support, you will need to arrange documentation from a relevant health professional or specialist which clearly supports the arrangements required and indicates why the form of support is necessary.

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Applying for alternative examination arrangements

Prior to applying you should contact your Course Coordinators or Lecturers to determine if they plan on setting examinations as assessments and what format these will be in, so that appropriate arrangements can be applied for.

Applications open after the examination timetable is viewable in your eVision timetable. As applications must be made by the deadline for the relevant examination period, it is recommended that you diarise to complete the process 1 week prior to the deadlines. The deadlines are;

  • Summer School - 1 February, 5:00 PM
  • Semester One - 7 May, 5:00 PM
  • Semester Two - 7 September, 5:00 PM

If you attempt to make an application after the deadline and believe there were exceptional circumstances that prevented you from applying by the deadline you need to clearly explain those exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include the worsening of an existing condition or the onset of a new condition or injury (verifying documentation will be required). Applications that are made after the deadline, and do not meet the criteria for exceptional circumstance, may be declined.

Applications are made through your eVision portal. To make an application you need to:

  • Log into your eVision portal.
  • Go to Examinations and results.
  • Click on ‘Apply here’ under section 1, Alternative Arrangements.
  • Complete the details and select the appropriate arrangements for each paper. If a paper is not listed you should contact your Course Coordinators or Lecturers to determine if an examination has been set and if the department is running the examination internally. Applications for Alternative Arrangements for Internal Examinations are paper based and can be obtained from Disability Information and Support.
  • Submit the application.
  • Check your portal notification for confirmation that the application has been received.

Usually correspondence regarding your application will be via your student eVision portal. However, if further information is required, or there is a need to contact you, Disability Information and Support or the Examinations Office may use your student email address. The Student Communications Policy requires students to check primary channels of communication regularly. If your preference is to have email messages forwarded to a personal email address you are responsible for setting it up.

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Applying for a change to final examination dates, times, or venue

Changes are rarely granted and only approved in exceptional circumstances. For more information please visit Examination Information

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Applying for alternative terms test arrangements

Check with the departments you are studying in to find out the details of your terms tests and then complete an application, which can be downloaded from this page.  Please ensure you return your application to Disability Information & Support at least 10 days prior to your terms test.

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Special consideration

Internal assessment and attendance

If you have been affected by illness or other exceptional circumstances during the teaching period, please contact the department in which you are studying.  If you require assistance with this, please discuss this with a Student Advisor at Disability Information & Support.



Final examinations

You may be eligible for Special Consideration in final examinations if you consider that your performance in any final examination has been seriously impaired by illness or other exceptional circumstances beyond your control at the time of, or in the 14 days immediately prior to the examination.