Special testing conditions

If you have a disability or other health-related need which might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner, you can apply for special testing conditions online via your candidate account, as soon as possible after registration for the relevant test window.

After submitting the request online, you must also submit supporting documentation to ACER. You must submit your application and supporting documentation by the registration closing date for the relevant test window.

The supporting documentation must be from a registered health practitioner and must give a clear diagnosis and information on the condition, indicate the impact of the condition in testing settings and include a statement as to what accommodations the health practitioner feels are appropriate for you in testing settings. All supporting documentation must be listed on the medical practitioner's official letterhead and include the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the medical practitioner. The documentation must be no more than one year old for health-related needs or disabilities other than learning disabilities, and no more than three years old for learning disabilities. If you have any learning disability, you should submit a copy of an appropriate educational psychologist’s report for consideration. If the report is more than three years old, it will still be accepted, as long as it is accompanied by a recent letter from a psychologist stating that the information in the report is still applicable to you.

All information regarding special testing conditions will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Privacy Statement and the ACER Privacy Policy.

All reasonable efforts will be made to provide appropriate testing conditions for your needs.  For example, additional testing time may be granted to those with dyslexia or specific learning difficulty, and if you have diabetes you may be permitted to take small snacks and sweetened drink, blood glucose monitoring equipment, insulin, and an insulin delivering device into the test room or have these with you if you are sitting the test by remote proctoring.

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

An accessible test form is available for vision impaired candidates. Please submit an application for special testing accommodations to notify ACER that you require an accessible test form.

Review Process for Special Testing Conditions

If you consider your approved special testing conditions are not appropriate, you can submit a request for a review of your accommodations 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 2018 test window deadlines to apply for special testing accommodations are:

Test Window STC Application Deadline STC Review Deadline
Test Window 1: February/March 2018 4 February 2018 11 February 2018
Test Window 2: May/June 2018 6 May 2018 13 May 2018
Test Window 3: August/September 2018 5 August 2018 12 August 2018
Test Window 4: November 2018 28 October 2018 4 November 2018
 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.