Reasonable test adjustments
Candidates who have an impairment, temporary illness or special circumstance which may affect their performance (or others' performance) in the test should apply for reasonable test adjustments. Circumstances may be physical (e.g. hearing, visual, motor skills); psychiatric (e.g. anxiety); medical (e.g. diabetes); or a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).
Examples of reasonable adjustments include: an alternative test format such as a large print test booklet, extra time, rest breaks, permission to take in food, wheelchair access etc.
ACER is committed to equity of access for all candidates and strives to ensure that candidates with disabilities are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged in relation to other candidates who sit for STAT. Careful consideration is given to all requests and all reasonable efforts will be made to provide appropriate test conditions for approved candidates.
There is no possibility of special consideration being given to test results. In no circumstances will scores be adjusted to account for any perceived disadvantage. ACER does not offer spelling waivers for candidates with dyslexia when granting reasonable test adjustments. The markers concentrate on the content and level of thought demonstrated by the writing, rather than on spelling.
The process for applying for reasonable test adjustments in each state may differ slightly. Please check with the relevant tertiary admissions centre for NT, SA, WA.
Queensland QTAC 1300 467 822
South Australia & Northern Territory SATAC (08) 8224 4000
Western Australia TISC (08) 9318 8000
To apply for reasonable test adjustments for all other states and outside Australia:
- Complete your STAT test booking with ACER first.
- Obtain a professional evaluation of your condition (no more than one year old for a medical condition). The documentation from your health practitioner must give a clear diagnosis and information on your condition, indicate the impact of your disability in test settings and include a statement as to what accommodations your health practitioner feels are appropriate for you in test settings. All supporting documentation must be typed on the medical practitioner’s official letterhead and include the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the health practitioner.
For a learning disability (such as dyslexia) you must provide an Educational Psychologist's report (no more than 5 years old; if it is older, please contact the STAT Office).
While some conditions/disorders such as some Mental Health Conditions and Neurodevelopmental disorders can be life-long, currency requirements must be met as functional limitation of these disorders may vary depending on various factors such as the candidate’s age and environmental demands.
- Any documentation should include recommended reasonable adjustments.
- Log in to your ACER user account and use the purple ‘Manage test booking’ button.
- Use the blue ‘Apply’ button under ‘Reasonable Test Adjustments’. Complete the required information then use the purple ‘Submit Application’ button.
The STAT Office will email you regarding your application status and what you need to do next.
Please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications for reasonable test adjustments cannot be accepted after close of test bookings.