Special provisions for TASC external assessments

Open Monday 8 April – Close Friday 5 July

Students can apply for special provisions to ensure fair and equitable opportunities to participate in external examinations. A range of provisions are available to eligible applicants based on identified need.

You can apply to be considered for special provisions for your external examinations if you have:

  • A formal diagnosed condition, impairment or disability. Applications for special provisions must be submitted to TASC by the end of Term 2 each year.
  • Refugee student status. Applications for special provisions for refugee students must be submitted to TASC by the end of Term 2 each year.

There are two minor changes to the special provisions process in 2019:

  • Transitioning to TRACS: TRACS is now the avenue for requests for Special Provisions.  We ask that Schools use the relevant form and submit their application via the correspondence function in TRACS.
  • Pre-approval of special provisions: 2019 candidates who require special provisions and were granted special provisions in 2018 for a diagnosed and ongoing condition can now apply using the Special Provisions re-approval form if their special provision requirements have not changed. This re-approval application must be supported by the documented evidence submitted in 2018.

If a school has already provided TASC with an application form prior to the launch of TRACS, these applications will be processed by the TASC team and uploaded into TRACS.
Applicants and schools will be notified as soon as possible following the open date for submission if they have been successful in their application.

Submitting a Special Provision application
Requests for special provisions (one form per student) can be submitted using the Applications for special provisions form.  Schools must download the form and submit Special Provisions applications via TRACS, using the student correspondence function; please attach documented evidence as required to the application form.

Assessing applications

Where applications are relatively straightforward, TASC will notify applicants of the outcome soon after submission. Applications that are more complex will take additional time to process.

Each application is considered on evidence provided to TASC.

TASC does not provide special provisions for students for:

  • Lack of familiarity with the English language
  • Normal exam stress.

Students do not need to apply for special provisions to take an asthma inhaler into an exam. Students need to place the inhaler in a clear zip-lock bag labelled with their name and TASC ID number and hand it to the Supervisor Coordinator before the exam commences.

Students from a Refugee background

Students from a Refugee background may access special provisions on the basis of the trauma they have experienced and continue to experience. Special provisions for refugee students are not based on prior lack of access to formal schooling or lack of the English language skills.

Requests for special provisions for refugee students can be submitted using the Special Provisions for Refugee Students Application form.

With the exception of any English or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) examination, special provisions for refugee students may include:

  • 1st Year after resettlement: 1 hour of extra time for each examination, consideration for spelling/grammar and borderline consideration, separate supervision and possibly the use of a clarifier (previously known as talking dictionary) if a paper based dictionary is not available.
  • 2nd Year after resettlement: 1 hour of extra time for each examination and possibly, consideration for spelling/grammar and borderline consideration, separate supervision and the use of a clarifier (previously known as talking dictionary) if a paper dictionary is not available.  Those who have completed either EALD (Level 3) or another Level 3 English in the previous year can be granted normal extra time (i.e. 30  minutes for a 3 hour examination and 20 minutes for a 2 hour examination), and borderline consideration.
  • 3rd Year after resettlement: Regardless of the completion or lack of EALD or English studies the student can only be granted normal extra time (i.e. 30 minutes for a 3 hour examination and 20 minutes for a 2 hour examination), and borderline consideration. This is the final year that special provisions may be granted to refugee students.
  • beyond 3rd Year after resettlement: No considerations apply to refugee students. Requests for other special provisions can be submitted using the Applications for special provisions form.