Alternative examination arrangements

If you have a disability or medical condition that would disadvantage you if you sat for an examination or assessment under standard conditions, you may be able to make alternative examination arrangements after speaking to an AccessAbility advisor.

This may include the provision of:

  • ergonomic furniture
  • specialised equipment or software programs
  • examination papers in alternative formats (including braille, enlarged print and electronic format)
  • scribes or readers
  • additional time
  • other needs as required.

Centrally scheduled examinations

These examinations are run at the end of each semester by the Examinations office, and are listed on the Examination timetable.

Arrangements for centrally scheduled examinations are in place for the duration of your Curtin Access Plan (CAP) or as otherwise arranged with the AccessAbility advisor.

The deadline for making new requests or making changes to existing arrangements for centrally scheduled examinations is at least three weeks before the examination fortnight commences. After this deadline, arrangements may only be possible in unforeseeable or exceptional circumstances.

You must contact an AccessAbility advisor before this deadline, and also provide appropriate documentation from your treating health professional.

If you have a changing or temporary condition or wish to review your examination arrangements please make an appointment with an AccessAbility advisor. Further health professional documentation may be required to continue or adjust arrangements.

School scheduled assessments

These examinations or assessments are run by the school and may be a formal exam, in-class test, lab,  practical, computer-based or online assessment.

To receive alternative arrangements in school-scheduled assessments, you must have emailed your Curtin Access Plan to the unit coordinator/s at the start of each study period. If it is developed during the study period you must email it at least two weeks prior to the assessment.

Please note that recommended adjustments may not apply to all types of school-scheduled assessments.

Curtin OUA students

If you’re a Curtin OUA student, you don’t have the same processes and deadlines as other Curtin students. Find out how to apply for alternative exam arrangements on the OUA website.

General information about exams