Te Kura

Special assessment conditions

Full-time, Adult, Fee-paying and Overseas Students 

Students with specific physical, medical, sensory or learning disabilities may be approved for special assessment conditions (also known as SAC) for internal and external NCEA assessments.

Special assessment conditions include things like being allowed to have someone (not a family member, family friend or additional teacher) read the assessment/exam paper and/or write the answers dictated by the student.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has strict guidelines about who is able to have these special arrangements. NZQA needs evidence of the disability from an independent assessment or medical report. Suitable evidence would include a recent (less than three years) SPELD assessor’s report or a report from a registered psychologist or medical practitioner, depending on the disability.

 

Examples of some common conditions/learning difficulties that may be appropriate for SAC  

  • dyslexia - difficulties with reading and processing words
  • dygraphia - difficulties with written language
  • dyscalculia – difficulties processing numbers
  • dyspraxia - difficulties with motor function
  • vision impairment
  • anxiety/depression
  • cerebral palsy
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Asperger’s syndrome.

Further examples are published on the NZQA website.
 
Examples of SACs commonly approved for our students:  

  • reader
  • writer
  • reader and writer
  • separate accommodation (for exams)
  • computer use
  • Braille papers
  • extra time.

Further examples of SACs are published on the NZQA website.

Contact Jennifer Hardiman on 0800 65 99 88 extension 8127 or by email jennifer.hardiman@tekura.school.nz for more information or if you believe you are eligible to apply for special assessment conditions.

 

Useful links

NZQA

SAC guidelines

Reader and writer guidelines

SAC documentation requirements

 

Others

SPELD - www.speld.org.nz/

Dyslexia Foundation - www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz/

 

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) - Dual Students

Students with specific physical, medical, sensory or learning disabilities may be approved for special assessment conditions for internal and external NCEA assessments.

Dual students who have the need for SAC for their NCEA assessments must apply through their home school. However, it is useful for Te Kura teachers to know if a dual student has been approved for SAC and what conditions they have been approved for.