Frequently Asked Questions – Exams

Frequently Asked Questions – Exams

How do I know if I am entitled to disability-related exam support?






Having discussed your support needs with you, the Disability and Dyslexia Service will issue you a letter which outlines the examination adjustments you can make use of. This letter is called a DDS1. Adjustments might be things like extra time or a small group environment. If at any stage you want to discuss your exam entitlements please make an appointment to see a Disability Advisor in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre, or for adjustments relating to mental health difficulties you should contact the Counselling and Mental Health Service.

What should I do if I don’t have a form DDS1?

Contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service, or if appropriate the Counselling and Mental Health Service straight away to discuss. You should make contact at least 4 weeks prior to the examination date as late applications will not usually be considered.

If I have form DDS1 do I need to do anything to ensure I get the support referred to in exams?

If you are entitled to extra time only, then you will be sitting your exam with the main cohort (unless you hear differently from Registry Exams Officer) and you will be given the same exam/test information as other students concerning where to go.

If you are entitled to any other adjustments - for example the use of support worker or equipment or a separate room - then you should expect to hear from the University two to three weeks prior to the exam/test date to firm up arrangements.  If you still have not been contacted 10 days prior to the exam date  you should contact the University  to clarify what provisions have been arranged.

For exam weeks: The Disability and Dyslexia Service will be in touch with students eligible for a scribe and or reader.  The Exams Officer in Registry co-ordinates provisions and is in touch with students entitled to all other adjustments.

For in-class tests:-  Your module tutor organises your provisions.   It is therefore essential that you give your module leader your up-to-date DDS1 form well in advance of your test (and at least 3 weeks prior to the test date).

Please ensure you respond to any requests for information concerning your exam / in-class test provisions otherwise support may not be arranged.

Will I need to bring anything along to the exam / in-class test in relation to my entitlements?

You should bring your DDS1 letter  to the exam / in-class test in case you are asked to confirm your entitlements when you arrive.

If you use coloured overlays to read please bring these.

Any equipment you are entitled to use will be supplied by the university.

Whom should I contact if I have queries relating to my exam arrangements?

General enquiries concerning eligibility for alternative assessment arrangements and
organising a Support Worker for an upcoming exam:

Disability and Dyslexia Service
01905 85 5531
Peirson Study and Guidance Centre

Counselling and Mental Health Service (to discuss entitlements relating to mental health difficulties)
01905 85 5447
Woodbury WB080

Enquiries relating to the practical organisation of your previously agreed exam arrangements:

For Examinations during exam weeks:
The Exams Officer
Registry Services
WB 090
01905 85 5032

For any in-class tests:
Your module leader