If you have been diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty (SpLD):
Students with specific learning difficulties often qualify special exam arrangements. These include:
- Extra time in which to complete examinations and timed assessments
- Not being penalised for poor spelling, grammar or awkward sentence structure in examinations and in coursework
- In some cases, students with specific learning difficulties are also allowed to use a computer, scribe or reader in examinations
If you have already been formally diagnosed as having a specific learning difficulty, please provide a copy of your Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher Assessor's assessment report to the Disability Advisory Service in the Carrington Building.
Our Specialist Teacher Assessor will review your assessment report. Please ensure that your report is sufficiently recent and contains enough information, as the Specialist Teacher Assessor will make recommendations for your University examinations and assessments based upon it.
If your report is more than three years old, or does not contain enough detail, you may be asked to make an appointment for a new assessment.
If you have not been diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) but suspect that you have one:
If you suspect that you may have a specific learning difficulty, or other disability, but have not been diagnosed, please contact the Disability Advisory Service to arrange an assessment.
If the Specialist Teacher Assessor recommends that special examination arrangements should be made for you, then we will write to you about a month before your examinations begin to confirm the practical details.
- If the Specialist Teacher Assessor recommends that you should be granted extra time in which to complete your examinations, we will arrange for you to sit your papers in a room dedicated for use by students who receive extra time (providing you do not also need to use a computer, scribe or reader).
- If the Specialist Teacher Assessor recommends that you should not be penalised for poor spelling, grammar or awkward sentence structure, you will be given yellow labels at the start of each examination to stick to the front of each answer booklet that you use. These labels will alert the script marker that your work should be marked accordingly.
- For coursework that you submit electronically, we will email you a “green sticker” as a JPG file. This can be inserted into all written work which you submit electronically. For any assessments that you submit in hard copy, your School Disability Representative will give you a set of green labels which you should stick to the front of each piece of coursework that you submit. Again, these labels will alert the coursework marker that your work should be marked accordingly.
- If the Specialist Teacher Assessor recommends that, in addition to the above, you should be allowed to use a computer in examinations then we will arrange for you to take your papers in our dedicated computer room. For the Summer Term exam period this will normally be on the main Whiteknights campus. The computers in this room are standard University PCs which are isolated from the University network to ensure that candidates are not able to access saved work, email or internet during their examinations. Printing facilities are provided free of charge.
- If it is recommended that you should be allowed to use scribe or reader in your examinations, we will arrange for you to sit your papers in a separate room. It may also be possible for you to have a practice session with the scribe or reader beforehand, if necessary.