Exam arrangements

If you have a disability or medical condition that you feel might impact on your ability to perform in exams, you can apply for examination adjustments.

If you are a current student, please see the below information on how to apply:

How to apply 

Please note the application process has changed and there is no longer an online application form to complete.

A UCL disability adviser will consider your request for examination adjustment arrangements. The first step is to attend a drop-in session, book an individual appointment or get in touch with us by email. You must provide medical/diagnostic evidence to support your request.

2019/20 deadlines 

Requests for examination adjustment arrangements for the main examination period must be agreed by a UCL disability adviser no later than 4pm GMT on Monday 6 April 2020 (3 weeks before the start of the main exam period).

For the Late Summer Assessment period, requests must be received no later than 4pm GMT on Monday 3 August 2020 (3 weeks before the start of the Late Summer Assessment period).

Requests for examinations outside the main examination period or Late Summer Assessment period must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance. 

If your examination adjustment arrangements have already been approved by UCL for the full duration of your course, then there is no need to re-apply each year.  You will only need to reapply if you are requesting a change to your current provisions, or have changed your programme of study. 

Sudden illness or accidental injury 

In the event of sudden illness or accidental injury, you can apply for examination adjustments up to 3 weeks before the start of the exam period in question.  After this deadline has passed, if you feel unable to sit your exams without adjustments then you should apply for a deferral to the next normal exam period under the Extenuating Circumstances Regulations.  You can then apply for adjustments to take effect in the next exam period, if necessary.  

Please contact us if you need to discuss your individual circumstances.

Frequently asked questions

These are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to examination adjustments. If you have a question that is not answered below, please get in touch.

What evidence do I need to provide to support my application?

Students with a specific learning difficulty must provide evidence of a full diagnostic assessment carried out by a psychologist with a practising certificate, or a specialist teacher holding an assessment practising certificate.

If you are applying on other grounds, you will need to provide us with a letter/report from a qualified medical practitioner e.g. GP, psychiatrist. The documentation must be signed and dated. It must include details of the diagnosis given and provide some general information on how this may impact on your studies and/or daily life. 

If you do not provide sufficient evidence, we will not be able to consider your application.

I had examination adjustments last year - do I need to reapply?

Please check the original letter or SORA which was issued stating your examination adjustments. The SORA or letter will say whether your adjustments were agreed for the duration of your programme or for 'session only'. 

Session-only adjustments are only in place for the current academic year, meaning you will need to reapply in subsequent years. 

If the SORA or letter states 'permanent' or 'duration of programme', you only need to reapply if you have re-enrolled on a different programme, or if your circumstances have changed (see separate FAQ below).

I do not feel that I can sit my upcoming exams - what should I do?

If you want to request a deferral of examinations on the grounds of your health, please contact us to discuss your options. Examination deferral requests are handled through the Extenuating Circumstances procedure.

I have injured my hand and cannot write - what should I do?

Depending on the nature of your exams and your injury, we should be able to make adjustments which will enable you to sit your exams. This might involve providing a scribe, the use of a computer or additional writing time. 

Please contact an adviser to apply for adjustments and ensure you give details on the specific format of your exams, e.g. if they involve drawing or writing in a foreign language. If you are unsure what you think would work best, please contact us for guidance.  

What happens next after I have applied for examination adjustments?

An adviser will email your UCL account with a Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SORA), which contains information about the examination adjustments we can recommend for you. Please check this carefully, and respond to the adviser if you have any queries about the recommendations. 

You should take note of whether the adjustments are for the duration of your programme (which will be the case if you have a condition with stable effects) or for the current session only (for effects that are likely to change). If you are happy with the examination adjustments proposed, please select the option to approve the SORA on Portico as soon as possible to give your consent for this information to be shared with your academic department and UCL Academic Services (the examinations office). 

If you have applied successfully for a SORA after the publication of the final exams timetable, please check on My Portico for your exam details as it is likely that your examination venue will have changed.

If you are unhappy with your examination adjustments, please ask us about the appeals procedure.

If I had a change in circumstances and think my adjustments need review, should I reapply?

Yes - when you contact us, please clarify that you are making a repeat application.

Please provide updated medical evidence which indicates a change in circumstances/diagnosis and explain why you feel your previous adjustments are no longer sufficient.