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.

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