Special Conditions for Written Tests and Examinations Policy


All members of the University .


To outline the framework established by the University for the approval of special conditions in written tests and examinations for students with impairments.


  1. The University will provide appropriate special conditions to students with a permanent or temporary impairment, for written tests sat under exam conditions and examinations.
  2. Students are required to apply to the University for special conditions. 
  3. Applications are made are made online and will be reviewed and approved by a staff member with specialist expertise from the appropriate University service provider.
  4. All applications must be supported by evidence from an appropriately qualified professional.
  5. The approved conditions are to be determined in accordance with guidelines established by the respective University service provider.
  6. Special conditions may therefore vary from those previously approved at other institutions or recommended by external practitioners.
  7. Special conditions may be granted for a defined length of time or on a permanent basis depending on the nature of the impairment and the evidence provided.
  8. Application for the approval of on-going special conditions for a permanent impairment must be made no later than the Friday of Week 6 following the commencement of lectures.
  9. Applications for temporary conditions must be made to the appropriate service provider as soon as possible.


Member(s) includes all Council members, members of committees and boards, staff members, honorary and adjunct appointees, students, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, associates and business partners of either the University or its subsidiaries (as the case may be).

University means the University of Auckland.

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Owner: Pro Vice-Chancellor Education

Content manager:  Director Academic Services

Approved by: Council

Approval date: November 2021

Review date: 30 November 2026