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Exam and Assessment Adjustments


We can make recommendations for adjustments in exams and assessments 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.