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Special Examination Arrangements

If you have a disability or medical condition that you feel might impact on your ability to perform in exams you need to apply for special examination arrangements. 

Please note: 

  • The application deadline for the 2015/16 academic year has now passed. If you have not yet submitted an application and wish to request special arrangements on the grounds of a disability please contact us for guidance. 
  • All applications must be accompanied by evidence of the disability provided by a competent authority such as your GP, educational psychologist or suitably qualified medical professional. If you do not have any written evidence please do not complete the form as your application will not be considered. 

Guidance on completing the application

  • The form asks you to detail the effects that your disability or medical condition has on your ability to perform in exams. This is an opportunity for you to explain your specific difficulties.
  • You are also asked what arrangements you would like to have to mitigate the effects of your disability. The types of arrangements that are commonly requested are: additional time, rest breaks, smaller exam venue, adjustable chair, exam paper in alternative format, use of a PC, use of an amanuensis.
  • Your Disability Adviser will be happy to help you complete this form – if you have never received adjustments to your exams we would recommend that you discuss suitable arrangements with an adviser first.
  • The information you include on the form, your medical evidence and information supplied is used by SDS and the UCL Exams Office to determine your special exam arrangements and to ensure a consistent and fair approach across UCL.
  • A letter will be sent to your UCL email account from the Exams Office to inform you of the arrangements that have been agreed for you. The letter will tell you whether these arrangements are for the duration of your programme (which will be the case if you have a condition with stable effects) or whether the arrangements are for the current session only (for effects that are likely to change). If you do not think that these arrangements are appropriate there is an appeals procedure. Details of this process are given on your award letter.
  • If there are changes in the effects of your disability such that you think that the agreed arrangements are no longer appropriate you should contact your Disability Adviser.