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Exam Concession Assessments

Exam Concession Assessments


Concession assessments are generally required by schools, education departments, the IEB and universities when applying for learners to be granted certain support or accommodations to help him/her achieve his/her potential.

Concessions and accommodations are granted once learners have been assessed and findings indicate at least an average intellectual ability and a significant long term learning disability , which will compromise performance in tests and examinations. For example, a child who has been diagnosed with Dyslexia, will usually qualify for a reader and/or a spelling concession.


Concession applications for Grade 12 examinations must be submitted during the child’s Grade 11 year.

The following are examples of concessions that can be applied for:

  • Additional time
  • A Scribe (someone to write down their answers)
  • A Reader (someone to read the exam paper for the learner)
  • Amanuensis (a person who reads and scribes for the learner)
  • A Prompter (A person to help re-focus the learner who is easily distracted. This may be done with a verbal or physical cue and the prompter may not interfere with the learner’s answers to the examination)
  • Spelling (A spelling concession is awarded when a significant discrepancy is found between the learner’s chronological age and his spelling age and the learner’s ability to express his thoughts adequately is therefore compromised. Spelling errors are ignored as long as what is written is phonetically correct. This does not apply in the languages in Paper 1 where textual editing is examined)
  • Handwriting (A handwriting accommodation indicates to the markers that untidy handwriting must be accommodated)
  • Braille (if a learner had been educated in Braille, examination papers must be offered in Braille)
  • A Computer (A separate venue is required for this accommodation. It involves that a learner may use a computer to present his/her answer in typed form. Access to a printer is necessary)
  • Separate Venue (this is recommended to assist an individual learner or to prevent possible disturbance to other learners)
  • Enlarged print (enlarged print can be requested to make an examination paper more accessible to a learner)
  • Medication or food intake (a learner may require an opportunity to take medication or food during an examination, e.g to treat low blood sugar levels)

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