The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Exam Accommodations

At Scotch, we aim to support students to meet their full academic and personal potential.  Sometimes, things get in the way, such as disability or illness, and accommodations can be made.

In Years 9 and 10, accommodations are determined by the Senior School Psychologist upon the receipt of relevant documentation (e.g. evidence of a learning disability diagnosis).

In Years 11 and 12, accommodations will vary depending on which academic pathway a student has chosen: -

West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

The different pathways have different governing bodies who decide a student’s entitlements (please see below).





 International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)


Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)


School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA)

In Year 12 the governing bodies (IBO or SCSA) authorise special accommodations for final exams.  We look to mirror these accommodations in Years 9-12 to assist students who have a permanent or temporary disability to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.  In all cases, appropriate evidence is required to access these accommodations.  Further to this, the granting of special examination arrangements by each examination board in Year 12 is not automatic but depends on the provision of medical and/or psychological evidence to justify the application.

Examples of the types of disabilities considered are:

  • Physical disability e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, neurological conditions;
  • Illness e.g. Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome;
  • Vision impairment;
  • Hearing impairment;
  • Fine motor disability;
  • Specific Learning Disability – e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia;
  • Psychological conditions (such as Depression or Anxiety)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Types of arrangements which may be granted include:

  • Extra working time;
  • Rest breaks;
  • Assistive Technology – use of a computer, C Pen Exam Reader;
  • Specified seating;
  • Scribe.

Please note that students accessing special exam arrangements for final Year 12 WACE exams are usually required to sit their final examinations at another location (not Scotch College).  This should be considered and discussed with your son’s Case Manager.

IB students are able to sit their final Year 12 exams at Scotch College, regardless of whether they are accessing special exam arrangements.

All applications are submitted by the College.

If your son has been diagnosed with any of the conditions identified in the list above and you would like to discuss the accommodations which may be available, please contact: -


Responsible For

Ms Shauna Lipscombe

Senior School Psychologist

Keys, Ross, Shearer, St Andrews and Stuart Houses

Mr Jon Marginis

Senior School Psychologist

Alexander, Anderson, Brisbane, Cameron and Ferguson Houses


Mrs Libby Muddle

Head of Academic Support

Year 9/10 or undertaking WACE

Mr Michael Scaife

IB Diploma Coordinator

If undertaking IBDP