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Assessments where SAC Provision is Not Appropriate or Not Allowed

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General Principles for Internal and External Assessments

Special assessment conditions (SAC) are not appropriate where:

  • the integrity of the assessment may be compromised
  • the assessment objectives of the standard may be compromised
  • the special assessment condition will provide unfair advantage over other candidates.

Internal Assessments

SAC should be provided for all assessments unless there is a clear and considered reason for this to be excluded. The decision about whether the student’s use of SAC is appropriate for a particular assessment is a professional judgement made by the school.

The principles guiding assessment for all standards as well as the general principles relating to SAC (see above) should be considered. Published achievement criteria and explanatory notes for the standard must be considered. All assessment should be credible – valid, verifiable and authentic.

There is no list of internally assessed standards for which SAC is specifically excluded because of their quantity and scope.

Consideration must also be given as to how manageable SAC is for the student for each standard. In some instances, an alternative assessment approach e.g. video or podcast may better meet the student’s needs without compromising the integrity of the assessment.

A Writer may be inappropriate in the following situations:

  • Writing equations or symbols (as, for example, in Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Music) because of the difficulty associated with dictating symbols. Offer the Extra Time Writing Option, or assistive technologies if that is the student’s usual way of working.
  • Drawing graphs or models (as in Mathematics, Geography, Statistics, Physics etc.). Offer Extra Time, or assistive technologies if that is the student’s usual way of working. However, a Writer may label a diagram, map etc. as instructed by the student.
  • Writing in a Learning or New Language where the assessment is of a student’s ability to spell or write characters or script in that language. Students must demonstrate these skills on their own, either by dictating spelling or accents, or using a computer.
  • When an independent command of the skill is being assessed (e.g. drawing in Visual Arts or Technology, drawing maps in Geography, drawing graphs in Economics, writing characters in Chinese or Japanese, writing musical notation, etc.).

A Reader may be inappropriate when the assessment requires students to:

  • read (and comprehend) independently. However, a Reader may read the instructions and all words in English in any languages assessment.

Exceptional circumstances (e.g. severe disability) can be grounds for increased assistance. Contact for clarification.

External Assessments

Extra Writing Time alternative provision

Specific examination sessions allow for the use of Extra Writing Time to replace use of Computer or Writer. Any student approved for Computer or Writer but not Extra Writing Time may choose to use Extra Writing Time instead of the Computer or Writer. The option is available for whole sessions only, not standard by standard. The student must be entered for three standards in a three hour session or Scholarship for Extra Writing Time to become available. Further information can be found at Extra Writing Time Option.

Exclusions of SAC provision

The following externally assessed standards are excluded from the specific special assessment conditions assistance listed.

Partial exclusion of a Writer allows the Writer to annotate the graphs and maps drawn by the student and to write the rest of the answers.

Partial exclusion of a Reader for Languages allows the Reader to read only the instructions or questions written in English.

Level 1

Achievement Standard   Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
Reader Writer Computer
Design and Visual Communication
  91063   Excluded Excluded
  91064   Excluded  
  91065   Excluded  
  91007   Part Excluded  
  91008   Part Excluded  
  91010   Part Excluded  
Visual Arts
  90916   Excluded  
Te Reo Māori
  91087 Part Excluded    
  91088 Part Excluded    
Chinese 90868 Part Excluded    
  90871 Part Excluded    
Cook Islands Māori 90873 Part Excluded    
  90876 Part Excluded    
French 90878 Part Excluded    
  90881 Part Excluded    
German 90883 Part Excluded      
  90886 Part Excluded    
Indonesian 90888 Part Excluded    
  90891 Part Excluded    
Japanese 90893 Part Excluded    
  90896 Part Excluded    
Korean 90898 Part Excluded    
  90901 Part Excluded    
Samoan 90903 Part Excluded    
  90906 Part Excluded    
Spanish 90908 Part Excluded    
  90911 Part Excluded    
Lea Faka-Tonga 91669 Part Excluded    
  91672 Part Excluded    

Level 2

Achievement Standard Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
Reader Writer Computer
Design and Visual Communication
  91337   Excluded  
  91338   Excluded  
  91339   Excluded  
  91240   Part Excluded  
  91242   Part Excluded  
  91243   Part Excluded  
Visual Arts
  91320   Excluded  
  91321   Excluded  
  91322   Excluded  
  91323   Excluded  
  91324   Excluded  
Te Reo Māori
  91286 Part Excluded    
  91287 Part Excluded    
Chinese 91108 Part Excluded    
  91111 Part Excluded    
Cook Islands Māori 91113 Part Excluded    
  91116 Part Excluded    
French 91118 Part Excluded    
  91121 Part Excluded    
German 91123 Part Excluded    
  91126 Part Excluded    
Indonesian 91128 Part Excluded    
  91131 Part Excluded    
Japanese 91133 Part Excluded    
  91136 Part Excluded    
Korean 91138 Part Excluded    
  91141 Part Excluded    
Samoan 91143 Part Excluded    
  91146 Part Excluded    
Spanish 91148 Part Excluded    
  91151 Part Excluded    
Lea Faka-Tonga 91674 Part Excluded    
  91677 Part Excluded    

Level 3

Achievement Standard Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
Reader Writer Computer
Design and Visual Communication
  91627   Excluded  
  91631   Excluded  
  91426   Part Excluded  
  91427   Part Excluded  
  91429   Part Excluded  
Visual Arts
  91455   Excluded  
  91456   Excluded  
  91457   Excluded  
  91458   Excluded  
  91459   Excluded  
Te Reo Māori
  91652 Part Excluded    
  91653 Part Excluded    
Chinese 91533 Part Excluded    
  91536 Part Excluded    
Cook Islands Māori 91538 Part Excluded    
  91541 Part Excluded    
French 91543 Part Excluded    
  91546 Part Excluded    
German 91548 Part Excluded    
  91551 Part Excluded    
Indonesian 91645 Part Excluded    
  91648 Part Excluded    
Japanese 91553 Part Excluded    
  91556 Part Excluded    
Korean 91558 Part Excluded    
  91561 Part Excluded    
Samoan 91563 Part Excluded    
  91566 Part Excluded    
Spanish 91568 Part Excluded    
  91571 Part Excluded    
Lea Faka-Tonga 91679 Part Excluded    
  91682 Part Excluded    


Standard   Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
Reader Writer
Chinese Part Excluded  
French Part Excluded  
German Part Excluded  
Japanese Part Excluded   
Spanish Part Excluded   
Samoan Part Excluded   
Te Reo Māori Part Excluded   
Latin Part Excluded  
Music   Part Excluded
Design and Visual Communication   Excluded
Visual Arts   Excluded
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