Reasonable adjustments

Candidates who have a disability or other health-related needs that might interfere with their ability to sit the test in the standard manner, should apply for reasonable adjustments via their online ACER account. This should be done as soon as possible after registration.

  Applications for reasonable adjustments must be submitted no later than 5 pm AEST Wednesday 6 September 2023.

How to apply

After submitting the online registration, candidates must also submit an application for reasonable adjustments, with supporting documentation, to the LAT Office for review.

To apply candidates should:

  • login to their online ACER account
  • use the 'Manage registration' button
  • use the 'Apply’ button under ‘Reasonable Adjustments’
  • complete the required information, upload their supporting documents and then use the ‘Submit Application’ button.

The LAT Office will email candidates regarding their application status and what they need to do next.

Supporting documentation

Supporting documentation must be from a registered health practitioner and must:

  • give a clear diagnosis and information on the candidate's condition(s)
  • indicate the impact of the condition(s) in test settings
  • include a statement as to the relevant adjustments the health practitioner feels are appropriate for the candidate in test settings
  • be typed on the medical practitioner's official letterhead
  • include the date, registration number, title, name, contact details and signature of the medical practitioner.

The documentation must be no more than 3 years old for learning disabilities and no more than 1 year old for other health-related needs or disabilities. While some conditions/disorders (such as some mental health conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders) can be life-long, currency requirements must be met, as functional limitation of these disorders may vary depending on various factors such as the candidate’s age and environmental demands. Please email the LAT Office if you have any questions around currency of your supporting documentation.

Candidates with learning disabilities should submit a copy of an appropriate educational psychologist’s report for consideration. If the report is more than 3 years old, it will still be accepted as long as it is accompanied by a recent letter from a psychologist stating that the information in the report is still applicable to the candidate as they are today. 

All reasonable efforts will be made to provide relevant adjustments appropriate to the candidate’s needs. For example, additional test time may be granted to those with dyslexia or specific learning difficulty, and candidates who have diabetes may be permitted to take small snacks and sweetened drink, blood glucose monitoring equipment, insulin, and an insulin delivering device into the test room.

All information provided in an application for reasonable adjustments will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Privacy Statement and the ACER Privacy Policy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no possibility of LAT Scores being adjusted or for special consideration being given to test results. In no circumstances can scores be adjusted to account for any perceived disadvantage after the test has been sat. ACER does not offer spelling waivers for candidates with dyslexia when granting reasonable test adjustments.