What adjustments are made in examinations?
Exam arrangements are formalised in the AccessAbility Centre and passed on to the Examinations Office. Students are usually given 25% extra time and the reasons for this have been described in this document.
In some circumstances the following arrangements can also be made:
- recorded questions or the reading aloud of questions before the exam;
- large print papers;
- question papers on coloured paper;
- re-drafting of scripts if handwriting is illegible (after the examination the student reads their paper to an amanuensis who re-writes it and both scripts are submitted to the marker);
- the use of a computer.
In line with the social model of disability, it is appropriate for departments to consider alternative assessments. A useful guide is:
SPACE: Inclusive Assessment in Higher Education: A Resource for Change 2003-2005. HEFCE funded project in Improving Provision for Disabled Students. Co-ordinated by the University of Plymouth.
This guide can be borrowed from the AccessAbility Centre.