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Candidates requiring special provisions

Special Provisions: Visual impairment | Dyslexia | Hearing impairment | Mobility disabilities | Acquired brain injury | Psychiatric disability | Other disabilities

The AMEB (NSW) is committed to providing quality examinations for all candidates, including those with disabilities. We aim to ensure that all candidates have access to the examination process and are able to demonstrate their skills in the examination to the best of their ability.

Candidates with disabilities will be offered the same examining standards as those applied to all other candidates. No concessions are made regarding the assessment criteria used. However, we will make special provisions for candidates who provide medical documentation of their disabilities and the special assessment needs which these necessitate.

We must be informed of the candidate’s special assessment needs in writing at the time of enrolment, or as soon as a condition becomes apparent or worsens. The applicant or their guardian must sign their application for special provisions to state that they give permission for the candidate’s special needs to be provided to the examiner. Recent medical documentation of the candidate’s disability must be attached to the application. It is important that the same candidate number is used for subsequent enrolments to ensure that the special provisions are carried forward.

Requests will be assessed by the Office Manager and Senior Information Officer and applicants will be advised of the AMEB’s decision within one month of lodging their request. Applicants may appeal the AMEB’s decision providing that they lodge their appeal within 14 days of receipt of the decision. Any appeal must be accompanied by additional medical documentation and will be assessed by the State Manager.

Special provisions which may be provided depending on medical documentation provided

Visual impairment

For candidates who are legally blind or partially sighted:

Written exams

Practical exams


Written exams

Candidates with medically documented dyslexia may be allowed additional time to complete the exam. They may also request coloured paper (colour must be specified) if required. The AMEB will notify written assessors of cases where a candidate’s written expression may be affected by their condition.

A reader may be requested. If agreed to, no extra time will be granted. Certification that a reader is required must be provided by a medical practitioner or psychologist. The reader will be provided by the candidate and may not be a relative or teacher of the candidate.

Practical exams

Where a candidate finds it easier to read from coloured paper in a practical examination, it will be their responsibility to provide a photocopied coloured paper version of their music. The original must also be brought to the examination to comply with copyright regulations. The AMEB may provide sight reading on coloured paper (colour must be specified) in practical examinations. Extra time may be allowed for the preparation of sight reading.

Hearing impairment

Candidates with a medically documented hearing impairment may request:

Written exams:

• Seating near the front of the room
• An oral/sign interpreter provided by the candidate and separate supervision where appropriate

Practical exams:

Mobility disabilities

Venues provided by the AMEB at Clarence St and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are wheelchair accessible. Candidates with mobility disabilities should request an examination studio on the entry level at the Conservatorium High School to avoid the necessity to use stairs etc, as lifts are not always operational on Saturdays. Teachers using private studios should ask the venue owner what provisions are available to ensure access for their candidates. The AMEB (NSW) is not responsible for lack of wheelchair accessibility at private venues.

Acquired brain injury

Candidates who experience mental processing difficulty or delay as a result of a medically documented condition may apply for extra time in written examinations and a scribe to be provided by the candidate where applicable. Separate supervision may be provided where appropriate.

Psychiatric disability

Candidates who experience anxiety, difficulty with concentration or cognition as a result of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other documented psychiatric conditions may apply for extra time in written exams. Separate supervision may be provided where appropriate. Requests for examinations early or later in the day may be taken into consideration.

Other disabilities

Each case will be considered on its merits and each application must be supported by current medical documentation. In some cases such as behavioural problems, candidates may not require special provisions but the examiner may still be made aware of how the nature of the condition may affect the examination.

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