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Organisation : National Benchmark Test
Facility : Learners With Disabilities
Location : Cape Town

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Learners With Disabilities :

** NBTP makes provision for writers with disabilities which are facilitated by the disability unit.
** Writers who require examination accommodations on account of a disability can contact the NBT call centre (021-6503523) or download the Accommodation request form to be submitted three weeks prior to the selected test date.

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Related : NBT Registration :

We have successfully accommodated writers who are :
** Blind (e.g. Braille)
** Visually impaired (e.g. Large print)
** Hearing impaired
** Mobility/physically impaired
** Have any specific learning disability (i.e. dyslexia, extra time, need a scribe)
** Have any chronic illness which require special accommodations

Disability Policy :
** Assessments supporting applications for the examination concessions listed below need to have been conducted in the past three years.

To qualify for a TIME CONCESSION :
** Candidates who have been diagnosed with a reading disorder, by an appropriately qualified psychologist, may qualify for a time concession.

** In determining the amount of extra time approved, the recommendation in the psychologist’s report will be taken into account, but will not exceed 25 % of the prescribed examination time.

To qualify for a READER :
** A reader is only provided in exceptional circumstances.
** The need for a reader needs to be well motivated.

** Only candidates who were granted the use of a reader in the National Senior Certificate examination will be considered.
** The documentation from the relevant examining authority, approving the use of a reader, needs to be submitted.

** Candidates with a Specific Learning Disability with impairment in reading, who qualify for a reader for the National Benchmark Tests, need to note that the universities to which they apply may not provide this accommodation.
** It is in the interest of candidates to enquire in advance what each university’s policy is regarding the provision of readers.

To qualify for a SCRIBE :
** The NBT’s are multiple choice and it is therefore assumed that only an applicant with medical documentation e.g. a report from a neurologist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist, which states that he or she is unable to manipulate a pencil sufficiently well to make the required marks on the answer sheet, will qualify for a scribe.

** These students, although able to use a pencil, may be slowed in their use thereof. Such students may also qualify for extra time.

The following categories of students may qualify for a scribe :
** students with hemiplegia and quadriplegia, students with injuries that significantly affect their fine motor control and those with a range of neurological conditions that impact on hand function.

Blind students and students with visual impairments :
** Braille versions of the tests can be made available for blind students.
** A reader/scribe is provided to cater for varying degrees of braille proficiency, and also to record the student’s responses on the multiple choice answer.
** Students with visual impairments may request that the test script be enlarged.

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