Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

Learn about Special Assessment Conditions (SAC), which provide extra help for approved students when they are being assessed.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Learning Support Coordinators
  • SENCOs
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Head of Departments
  • NZQA nominees
  • Students
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Learning Support Staff

Choosing to apply Special Assessment Conditions can enable approved students to have a fair opportunity to achieve NCEA credits.

Guidelines for heads of learning support

This Providing effective assessment assistance(external link) guide is for heads of learning support or those in similar roles, to assist with designing school practices to support effective assessment of all students.

E-learning module for reader/writers

This self-paced online module being an effective assessment assistant(external link) introduces the reader/writers to the key skills, roles and responsibilities of the role in formal assessments.

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Applying for SAC

SAC can include the use of a writer or reader, computer, rest breaks, Braille or enlarged papers.

  • Schools need to apply for special assessment conditions on behalf of their students. 
  • New applicants need to apply in October for the following year.
  • Rollover and change applications apply in February for that year.

Which students may be eligible for Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)?(external link) - NZQA website

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