Reasonable Adjustments (RA)

How to Apply

If you have a disability or other health-related need that might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner you can apply for reasonable adjustments online via your candidate account. A reasonable adjustment refers to any reasonable change(s) to testing conditions made to accommodate a candidate with a verified disability or medical requirement to sit the test. A reasonable adjustment is different from special consideration which is a post-test adjustment to test results. Please note that no special consideration can be given to candidates’ results for this test.

For administrative reasons it is not possible for ACER to consider any disability or other health-related needs you may have until you are a registered candidate.

Please submit your application as soon as possible after registration for the relevant test window. This will assist in ensuring there is sufficient time to review your application and implement any adjustments granted. Your application (together with supporting documentation) must be submitted by the registration closing date for the relevant test window.

The content, delivery platform and navigation of the Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education students comply with the  WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements of the Australian Government.  There are also accessible test forms that are designed to be used by candidates who use a screen reader.  An independent vision consultant has audited the design and delivery of these test forms.  In order to be equivalent to the standard test forms, the accessible test forms must contain questions that are also on the standard test forms. While some of the available questions contain visual elements, only questions where the information in the elements can be conveyed using alt text have been selected. For example, a column graph is accompanied by the table of the data used to construct the graph. The table is readable by a screen reader.

Candidates with low vision and who use a screen reader should request the accessible test forms when submitting their reasonable adjustments application to ACER.  You must submit supporting documentation with your application.

Supporting Documentation

When you submit your application for reasonable adjustments online via your candidate account, you must also submit supporting documentation. The following requirements apply:

  • Your documentation must be from a registered health practitioner on the practitioner's official letterhead including the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the practitioner.  Alternatively, please ask your health practitioner to complete this form.
  • For disabilities or health-related needs, other than learning disabilities, your documentation must be no more than one year old.
  • For learning disabilities, a copy of a registered health or educational psychologist’s report (no more than 3 years old) will be acceptable. A report older than 3 years will be acceptable if it is accompanied by a recent letter from a registered health/educational psychologist stating that the information in the report is still applicable to you as you are today.

Your documentation:

  • Must give a clear diagnosis and information on your disability or health-related needs.
  • Must detail the effect of your disability or health-related needs on your ability to sit the test under standard testing conditions.
  • Must specify what reasonable adjustments the health practitioner regards are appropriate.

Please note that any application submitted or adjustments granted for a previous testing window does not carry over between test windows. You will need to submit an application for each test registration.

Reasonable adjustments made available to you by your university are not automatically granted for the test. Each application for reasonable adjustments is unique and as such, is assessed individually, against ACER guidelines and on the basis of the medical and/or educational assessments and recommendations provided with your application.

For disabilities or health-related needs that occur after the registration closing date for the relevant test window, please contact the Teacher Test Office immediately for advice.

Assessment of your Application

Your application will be considered in accordance with ACER procedures and guidelines.

ACER needs to consider reasonable adjustments in light of maintaining the integrity of the assessment process. Therefore, it may not be possible to provide all the adjustments specified in your application.

Reasonable adjustments allow candidates, affected by a disability or health-related need, the opportunity to demonstrate their true abilities in an assessment. At the same time, reasonable adjustments must not confer any advantage over other candidates sitting the assessment under standard conditions.

The test is computer-based. Therefore, difficulties with writing will not normally be seen as grounds for granting reasonable adjustments.

Review Process for Reasonable Adjustments

If you consider your approved adjustments are not appropriate, you can submit a request for a review of your adjustments in writing to ACER. This request must be lodged no later than one week after the registration closing date for the relevant test window.

The 2019/2020 test window deadlines to apply for reasonable adjustments are:

Test Window RA Application Deadline RA Review Application Deadline RA Review Outcome Notification
2019 Window 4 22 October 2019 28 October 2019 1 November 2019
2020 Window 1 28 January 2020 3 February 2020 7 February 2020
2020 Window 2 27 April 2020 4 May 2020 8 May 2020
2020 Window 3 20 July 2020 27 July 2020 31 July 2020
2020 Window 4 13 October 2020 19 October 2020 23 October 2020

There is no possibility of special consideration being given to test results. In no circumstances can scores be adjusted to account for any perceived disadvantage after the test has been sat.

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