Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) can provide extra help for otherwise capable students in addressing various barriers to achievement in assessments for NCEA or New Zealand Scholarship.

SAC helps students fairly demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding when being assessed without providing an unfair advantage over other students. 

Submissions for SAC are made by schools to NZQA on behalf of students.

SAC support is available for both internal and external assessments.

Some examples of SAC:

  • special papers for vision-impaired students

  • writers or readers for students with learning disorders, such as dyslexia

  • rest breaks for students with diabetes

  • separate accommodation for students with anxiety disorder

NZQA’s rules about the provision of Special Assessment Conditions are published annually.

For all enquiries, please email sac@nzqa.govt.nz

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