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Exam Access Arrangements

What is an Exam Access Arrangement?

Access arrangements are exam adjustments made for individual candidates, based on evidence of need and the candidate’s normal way of working. They exist to ensure all candidates have the same opportunity to be successful in their exams, and include reasonable adjustments for those candidates with a disability or learning difficulty.

Exam Access Arrangements only consider impairments regarding a learner’s first language, they do not cover learners who language is not English. For further information please go to: JCQ Access Arrangements.

What Access Arrangements could you have?

Access arrangements are given based on evidence of your need and your normal way of working. You may be eligible for and not limited to:

  • Extra time
  • Prompt
  • Scribe
  • Reader or computer reader
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Supervised rest breaks
  • Modified Large print or braille exam papers
  • Separate room


How do I get Access Arrangements for my exams?

If you are sitting exams at college and feel you need access arrangements for your exams, then you will need to speak to your tutor before your exams so they can start putting them in place. You may be asked to provide medical evidence from your GP or attend an assessment which will suggest the arrangements, if any, you would benefit from. The assessment takes up to 45 minutes.

If you had exam access arrangements at school you will need a new assessment as you have moved into the college setting.

Your Access Arrangements has to be your normal way of working in class, for you to be eligible for them in your exams.


Last updated: 16th August 2023

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