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Application Guidelines for Special Concessions

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Application Guidelines for Special Concessions for Students Writing Local Examinations
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Question:
What are special concessions or alternative arrangements for examinations?
                                                                   
 
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Special Concessions are the unique arrangements made to: 

1.  The standard format of an examination paper  

2.  The conditions under which an examination /
assessment is done, in order to accommodate
the special need(s) of a student. 
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Question:
Who can apply for special concessions or alternative arrangements for examinations?
                                                                   
 
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Students sitting the following examinations can apply for Special Concessions: 

1. Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA).

2. Lower Secondary Proficiency Examination (LSPE).             

3. Trinidad & Tobago National Learning Assessment (TTNLA) Primary (Standards 1 & 3).

4. Trinidad & Tobago National Learning Assessment (TTNLA) Secondary (Form 3).
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Question:

Why
are
special
concessions
granted?

                         
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Special concessions are designed to provide equity, not advantage, and serve to ‘level the playing field’ for students with physical, learning and other disabilities, and special challenges.
Concessions increase the student’s access to instruction and assessment by addressing identified needs, thereby, reducing or eliminating the effects of a student’s challenge/disabilities.  
Furthermore, concessions do not reduce or alter the learning expectations for the student.
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Question:

What categories
of special
concessions
are available?
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1. Presentation Accommodations
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This adjusts the presentation of test material and / or test directions (e.g., instructions in sign language, Braille, large print). 
These may include the use of specific personnel (Sign Language, Interpreter, or Reader).
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This adjusts the manner in which students respond to or answer test questions, such as oral responses transcribed by a scribe (Braille).
2. Response Accommodations
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3. Setting Accommodations
4. Scheduling Accommodations
This adjusts the environment where the testing normally occurs. This may include a separate room or preferential seating.
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This adjusts the time allowance or regular scheduling of test. For instance, the provision of extended and/or compensatory time, and scheduled breaks.
5. Assistive Technology - Supported Accommodations
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Special concessions also address the needs of students who may require adaptive tools or specialized methods in order to fully access tasks and to optimally demonstrate their level of competence.
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Question:

Who may qualify for a
special concession?
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Students with medical, physical and sensory
impairments.
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Students with learning disabilities.
Other special circumstances - these may include emergency situations.
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Will every
student with a
special need
automatically
be granted a
concession? 
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A student who regularly benefits from alternative arrangements or curricular accommodations, or who has previously received examination concessions, does not automatically qualify for the equivalent or any special concessions, for national examinations.
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The provision of special concessions / alternative arrangements that are not deemed necessary, as per the deliberations of the appointed Concession Committee, for the student to equitably access, or function optimally during an examination, may not be automatically approved.
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Accommodations requested, if not necessary, may actually interfere with a student's overall performance and adversely impact the student's achievements, as measured by the assessment / examination.
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Question:

How do I apply for special examination concessions?


                                                               
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All persons wishing to apply for special examination concessions for all local examinations to be undertaken in the year 2024, are required to complete the online digital form, available at https://concessions.moe.gov.tt

For more information and online registration portal, please visit: https://www.moe.gov.tt/special-concessions-2024/
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