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How to Apply

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. The application form is available from Student Disability Services or from the UCL Examinations Office in Registry and Academic Services.

*If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty and wish to apply for special arrangements for examinations please go to the page linked below instead*

Exams and SpLDs

Guidance on completing the application

  • All applications must be accompanied by evidence of the disability or medical condition provided by a competent authority. Such authority would usually be your consultant or GP.
  • 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 – we recommend that you have an appointment to discuss it.

Please note: if you are applying for additional time in exams on the grounds that you are deaf or hearing impaired, you will need to show that your disability has an adverse effect on your literacy skills. You can have a short assessment with the SpLD Coordinator who can conduct appropriate test to measure your performance.

  • Your completed form should be handed in to Student Disability Services. The information you include on the form, your medical evidence and information supplied by SDS is used by the UCL Exams Office to determine your special exam arrangements and to ensure a consistent and fair approach across UCL.
  • You will receive a letter 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.

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.