If you are a student who was born outside Australia, speak a language other than English at home and came to Australia less than 10 years ago, you may be eligible for an extra 10 minutes per hour in examinations.

You will automatically be sent a non-English speaking background (NESB) card in June each year if you meet all three criteria. You must bring the card to each examination along with your student ID card to be eligible for extra time. Without a valid NESB card, you will not be granted the appropriate accommodations. You are also allowed to use a non-technical, English-only dictionary with no notes, diagrams or pictures included on the pages. Bilingual, electronic, specialised, technical, scientific and notated dictionaries as well as thesauruses, are NOT permitted in an exam room under any circumstances.

If you do not receive an NESB card by early June and believe you are eligible, you can check the details that you have registered on the Student Information System. You need to check the following items:

  • the year you first entered Australia (must be less than 10 years ago);
  • the language you speak at home; and 
  • the country you were born in is not Australia

If any of these details are incorrect, you will be required to update them and collect a new card from Flinders Connect in the Student Hub.