Examination arrangements for students with impairments, injury or disability

Deadlines apply to applications for alternative exam arrangements. Please carefully check key examination dates before applying.

Please note: It may not be possible to provide alternative examination arrangements for examinations sat outside of New Zealand.

Do I qualify for alternative examination arrangements?

  • Any student may apply for alternative examination arrangements if they have an impairment, injury or disability .
  • Some of the services available are listed below:
    • Enlarged print question papers and dark lined answer booklet
    • Additional time
    • The assistance of a writer
    • The use of a computer
    • Home supervision
  • Please apply for examination arrangements by the deadline even if you are not entirely sure you will need them. Last minute application may not be accepted.

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How do I apply for alternative examination arrangements?

To apply for an alternative examination arrangement please go to the ‘Results and exams’ tab in your student homepage.

You will be required to provide some supporting documentation.

Required Supporting Documentation

Learning and/or Cognitive Impairment

  • A cognitive and educational assessment by a registered psychologist  that confirms your reading and/or writing deficits is required.

Other Impairments

  • If you have an impairment that is not learning or cognitive, you are required to supply the form  completed by a registered medical practitioner.

Your doctor or medical practitioner may wish to provide additional information on a separate document on letterhead, but the form provided must be completed and uploaded.

N.B. An ACC form is unacceptable

There is a deadline for applying for alternative exam arrangements. For conditions that occur after the deadline, please contact the Assessment Services (Examinations Office) urgently.

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Do I need to send a medical certificate every year?

If you have a permanent and unchanging condition this must be clearly stated on the medical documentation. Send this once only with the initial application.

If you have a condition that may change e.g. Occupational Overuse Syndrome, you must send a current medical certificate annually before your first examination.

For conditions that occur after the deadline, please contact the Assessment Services (Examinations Office) urgently.

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Does my request carry over from one exam period to the next?

If your condition is ongoing your request will carry over from one Semester to the next. You will receive a letter from the Assessment Services (Examinations Office) asking you to confirm that you require alternative arrangements for the next exam period.

Get the form completed and returned if it has been longer than one Semester since you received alternative arrangements for your exams. 2014 Alternative Exam Arrangement Medical Support Form (73 KB)

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When will I know whether or not my application is successful?

You and your supervisor will be contacted approximately four weeks before the exams for Semesters 1 and 2. For Summer School, you will be contacted approximately 2 weeks before the exam.

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What if I have been granted examination arrangements from other universities?

You still need to supply Massey with a request and supporting medical documentation. Please use the supporting medical documentation form: 2014 Alternative Exam Arrangement Medical Support Form (73 KB)

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What if I've already sent in a Disability Services Registration Form?

You will still need to send in the 2014 Alternative Exam Arrangement Medical Support Form (73 KB) . Under the heading "Examinations".

Please note that arrangements will not be made at any Massey University examination venue without prior written approval from the Assessment Services (Examinations Office).

It may not be possible to provide alternative arrangements to students sitting examinations at overseas venues. You must contact the Assessment Services (Examinations Office) to discuss your situation.

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