We want to make sure exams are fair for every Massey student. If you have a condition that is likely to impact your performance in exams we may be able to give you extra help or make special arrangements to support you. This is called having 'alternative arrangements'.
The type of support we can give you depends on your reasons for applying. Alternative arrangements might include:
- a scribe (writer) or reader to help you
- extra time for resting, writing or typing
- extra time (10 minutes for each hour of the exam) to breastfeed your baby.
Who can apply
You can apply for alternative exam arrangements if:
- you have an injury, impairment or disability
- you're pregnant
- you're breastfeeding a young baby up to the age of 12 months.
If you miss an exam because you're giving birth or because your baby arrives early, you don't need alternative arrangements. Instead, you should apply for an aegrotat, so we take your circumstances into account when we calculate your course grade.
Find out how to apply for an aegrotat
Apply for alternative arrangements
Deadlines for applying for alternative arrangements and special assistance
Apply for alternative arrangements and special assistance before our deadlines each semester.
- Semester One: 3 May 2023
- Semester Two: 20 September 2023
- Summer School: 10 January 2024
If you get injured or ill after the deadline, contact Assessment Services as soon as possible. We'll make alternative arrangements for you if we can.
How to apply
To apply both pages of the Alternative Examination Arrangements Application Form below need to be completed. Please complete the first page of the form yourself. The Alternative Arrangements Medical Support Form (second page) needs to be completed by your doctor, midwife or other registered health professional. Email the completed form to email@example.com.
Be aware that:
- your doctor or health professional can send us extra information in a separate letter – but they still need to fill out the form
- we can't accept ACC forms as evidence that you need extra assistance
- we might contact you or your health professional for more information after you submit the form.
You still need to send us the form, even if you have:
- had alternative exam arrangements at school or another university
- registered with Disability Services at Massey.
Cognitive and learning impairment evidence
You need to send us a full cognitive and education assessment from your Clinical or Educational Psychologist, or another qualified specialist if you have a cognitive impairment.
- should be submitted with the Alternative Arrangements Medical Support Form, not instead of it
- needs to be less than four years old.
When you'll find out if your application has been successful
We'll let you know whether we can make alternative arrangements for you well before your exam period begins.
- Semesters One and Two: about four weeks before exams.
- Summer School: about two weeks before exams.
Duration of arrangements
Your alternative arrangements will last for all your time at Massey if your condition is permanent. You won't need to fill out a new form each semester.
We won't make alternative arrangements for mid-semester tests unless we hear from you – if you need them, let us know as soon as you can.
If you have a temporary condition, you need to send us a new Alternative Arrangements Medical Support Form every semester. Temporary conditions include:
- breastfeeding a young baby up to the age of 12 months
- illnesses or impairments that can change over time, like anxiety or repetitive strain injury.
International students' alternative arrangements
If you're an international student, you will need to cover the costs of alternative exam arrangements.
A reader/writer supervisor session for a three-hour exam costs $80.
To get alternative arrangements for mid-semester tests, you need to:
- have an impairment or injury – we don't usually make alternative arrangements for students who are breastfeeding for mid-semester tests
- let us know at least two weeks before your tests.
If your courses have mid-semester tests, let us know as soon as you can. Even if you usually have alternative arrangements for exams, we won't automatically make alternative arrangements for your mid-semester tests.
If you're not sure if your courses have mid-semester tests, ask your course coordinator at the start of the semester. Let your coordinator know if you need alternative arrangements.
How to apply
Students with impairments
You need to register with Disability Services to get alternative arrangements for mid-semester tests.
Students with injuries
If you have an injury that makes it harder for you to sit your tests, we need a medical certificate.
Contacts for mid-semester test arrangements
Contact the right office at your Massey campus to discuss alternative arrangements for mid-semester tests.
Auckland campus – Disability Services
Disability Services is located on level three of the Campus Library.
Palmerston North – Assessment Services
Wellington campus – Disability Services
Disability Services is located in the Centre for Learner Success on level E of block 5.