Exam adjustments

Exam Adjustments are specifically designed to support you in timed, written assessments such as In-Person and Online Controlled Condition Exams and Take-Home Papers.

They include adjustments such as extra time, rest breaks, specialist equipment or a more comfortable chair.

Exam Adjustments are available to students with both long-term and short-term conditions. If you are unsure if you are eligible, you can contact UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team for advice.

How to apply

A UCL Student Support and Wellbeing adviser will consider your request for Exam Adjustments. The first step is to book an individual appointment or get in touch with us through the askUCL online enquiries system. The adviser will talk you through the process.

You will need to make an application for Exam Adjustments if:

  • You do not have a Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SoRA)
  • You have a temporary condition and need Exam Adjustments for a short period of time
  • You already have a SoRA but you need to amend your existing allowances for extra time and/ or rest breaks
  • You already have a SoRA for extra time/ rest breaks but you also need other types of adjustment such as specialist equipment, a scribe, or a PC.

If you already have a SoRA which includes extra time and/ or rest breaks, your individual requirements will be passed to the Central Assessment Team automatically; you do not need to make a new application unless you need to make any changes.

Supporting evidence

You may be asked to provide some medical evidence to support your application. 

Deadlines for application

Applications must be received by UCL Student Support and Welbeing by 4.00pm BST (UTC -1) three weeks before the Central Assessment Period in question.

Exact dates will be published on the Exams and Assessment website each year. 

After the deadline it is unlikely that UCL will be able to put Exam Adjustments in place. However, you may still be eligible for support via Extenuating Circumstances.