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Access to tests and examinations

Accessing information shouldn't be a challenge! Find more information on things to help you ensure you can access your course material, exams, information and library facilities with our accessible information pages. Here you can find out about accessible formats from braille to tactile images.

Colleges and universities have a duty to provide reasonable adjustments in order to meet your needs.

Individual exam arrangements

You may be entitled to Individual Examination Arrangements (IEAs) such as a reader, scribe or extra time and rest breaks. If you have extra time for your exams you may be able to request sitting only one examination per day. For example, where 50 per cent extra time may be given for a three hour examination, it is not reasonable to sit two six hour exams in one day. Speak with your disability or support co-ordinator about your individual examination requirements.

Disabled students' allowance (DSA)

If you are studying at university, your Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) may cover the costs of support workers such as Readers or Scribes, to assist you in your examinations. It can also cover the costs of Study Skills tutorials in certain circumstances so it is always worth discussing this with your DSA Assessor if you think you would benefit from this support.

Further information

Visit our education professionals section to find out more about access to exams and tests including an overview of exam access arrangements as well as guidance on the modification of exam papers for teachers and tutors!

Knowledge and research hub

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