We can make recommendations for adjustments in exams wherever appropriate as outlined below. 

Extra writing time

This may be standard or a percentage, such as 25%. The amount of extra time will be stated in your medical evidence/diagnostic report.

Rest breaks

Rest breaks can be arranged for a number of minutes per hour of the actual exam including any extra writing time. Students with rest breaks will have their exam in an individual room. Rest breaks are not additional writing time and if the extra time is not taken for resting it will be lost. All extra time is rounded to the nearest 5 minutes.

An amanuensis (scribe) or reader

An amanuensis is someone who will write your answers while you dictate. A reader is someone who will read the questions or read your answer back to you. 

Students assisted by an amanuensis or reader will have their exam in an individual room with a single invigilator. You will have the opportunity to practice either method of taking an exam if you wish.

Other options

  • Ergonomic seating or equipment for students with mobility difficulties or medical conditions that might affect seating comfort in exams.
  • A computer for students who find handwriting difficult.
  • Text enlarging software or equipment for students with visual impairments.
  • Examination papers in Braille or large print for students with visual impairments.
  • Examination papers on suitably coloured paper for students with Irlen Syndrome (Scotopic Sensitivity/visual stress).
  • The use of a separate room with a few other students – or an individual exam room - can be arranged for those who might experience anxiety or distraction in a large exam hall.
  • Seating at the back, front or side of the main hall, as appropriate.
  • Alternative forms of assessment may also be possible - this should be discussed with your Departmental Disabilities Co-ordinator and Disability Services.