Assessment arrangements for students from language backgrounds other than English

If you are a new student to the university coming from a language background other than English you may be able to apply special assessment arrangements for your assessment within your first year. These arrangements are designed to help you transition to studying in English at the Australian National University and approval is course based. You can apply for altered assessment arrangements if you:

  • have been educated in a country where English is not the first language and you speak a language other than English at home; or
  • were born outside Australia; arrived in Australia up to 10 years prior to the date of application; and you speak a language other than English at home; or
  • were born in Australia but have lived permanently in a country where English is not the first language and you speak a language other than English at home;

As well as meeting one of the requirements above you must also:

  • be in your first 12 months of enrolment, either full-time or part-time; and
  • demonstrate a mix of both linguistic and cultural factors, which disadvantage you in timed assessment tasks such as exams or tests conducted in English; and
  • have evidence that you are undertaking formal English language training courses or are engaged in activities that can be expected would improve English language skills

Applications will be assessed by the Associate Dean (Education) within your college on the basis of the teaching model, activities and assessment tasks involved in the course. Arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis to assist you in completing your assessment. Students who have already studied for 12 months are not eligible to apply for assessment arrangements.

Step 1
Submit application

Your application should be submitted to your ANU College Student Admin Office before 10% of a teaching period has elapsed. Please note you will need to submit an application for each semester you wish to have special assessment arrangements.

Step 2
Notification

You will be notified in writing by the relevant ANU College Student Admin Office once an outcome has been assessed by the Associate Dean (Education).

Step 3
Submit an appeal

Appeals relating to special assessment may be made under the Undergraduate Award Rules and Graduate Coursework Award Rules (as appropriate).

If you are dissatisfied with the decision regarding your request for special assessment, you may appeal to the relevant College Associate Dean (Education) to review the decision. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the original decision.

You may appeal the decision of Associate Dean (Education) to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on procedural grounds only. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the decision by the College Associate Dean (Education).