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Exam Concession / Accommodation Assessments
Port Elizabeth | Eastern Cape

Many individuals have the potential and the ability to perform well during tests and examinations at school and achieve high marks, but are at a disadvantage due to certain challenges such as lower processing speed (reading and/or writing speed), trouble with spelling or writing, dyslexia, concentration or behavioural issues, or physical challenges.

These barriers can be alleviated and learners can be given a fair chance to perform to their best ability when certain concessions are made relevant to their challenges. This is called “differentiated learning” which involves the flexibility and tailoring of teaching and assessments which allows for learners to reach their full potential.

 

Concessions and accommodations can include:

  • A reader whom will read questions to a learner,

  • A scribe who will write down the learner’s answers for them verbatim  

  • Both a reader and a scribe (amanuensis)

  • An assistive device such as a computer to allow learners to type answers instead of writing them down

  • Extra time to complete the examination

  • Spelling accommodations (in which spelling mistakes are not taken into account in scoring)

  • Handwriting accommodations (in which handwriting is not taken into account in scoring)

  • A prompter who will refocus a learner who is easily distracted

  • This can often involve a separate venue being made available for the learner during examinations.

I offer the necessary assessments that are required for proper application to the department of education for such concessions. These assessment results along with other necessary documentation provided will be combined with documentation from your child’s school and submitted to the department of education for review. This process will be thoroughly explained to you.

Documentation needed for concession applications:

  • Psycho-educational assessment (provided by myself)

  • Relevant medical reports

  • Supporting historical evidence (for example, occupational therapy reports, speech therapy reports, remedial programme reports etc)

  • Teacher Comments (multiple reports from teachers who work with the learner that speak on the learners difficulties and the impact on work and assessment)

  • The most recent school report as well as other relevant school reports

  • Examples of the learners completed work that supports the need for accommodation (for example, uncompleted work, poor handwriting, spelling mistakes etc)

It is important to note that concession applications for Grade 12 examinations must be submitted during the learner’s Grade 11 year. Additionally, concession and accommodation support is available when the learner progresses to tertiary level education.

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