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Special Examination Arrangements for Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia

Specific learning disorders can impact a student’s ability to demonstrate their knowledge in timed assessments and to effectively access the curriculum. Students with a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and/or Dyscalculia, are eligible to receive special examination arrangements such as additional working time. An assessment of a student’s literacy and/or numeracy skills, phonological processing and cognitive ability with a qualified psychologist is required to determine eligibility to receive special examination arrangements.

Special Examination Arrangements Dyslexia

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) of Western Australia provides Special Examination Arrangements to Year 12 students with a range of medical and psychological conditions, including specific learning disorders. Students applying for special examination arrangements for ATAR require mandatory functional literacy and/or numeracy assessments to be conducted in Year 10 or later. There are assessment tools preferred by SCSA, and the psychologist conducting the assessment needs to be familiar with the tests that will best support the case for an application on the basis of a specific learning disorder.

Butterfly Psychology for Kids Perth conducts psychological and educational assessments to determine if an adolescent meets the diagnostic criteria for a specific learning disorder and evaluates the functional impact and severity of their learning disability. The assessment tools used in our test battery, preferred by SCSA, include the WAIS-IV, WISC-V, WIAT-III, CTOPP-2, and TOWRE-2.

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Source: School Curriculum and Standards Authority

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