Exams – special arrangements
Consider and plan early if you think special arrangements may need to be made.
Each examination has to be applied for – there are no “blanket” special arrangements.
Time allowances will vary depending on the type of examination and the difficulty of the individual – 25% extra time is usually the most that will be offered.
If the individual has a statement of educational need it does not mean they will automatically have special arrangements made. The child may need an up to date literacy assessment or a relevant diagnostic report by an Educational Psychologist or appropriately qualified teacher – this should be in the last 2 years.
English language: extra time can be given and rest periods but it is highly unlikely that an amanuenses will be allowed.
Individuals should have practice and experience of the special arrangements requested.
The individual can have special arrangements where their reading or writing is a difficulty.
Supervised rest periods can be given and this will not be taken off the examination time.
Separate invigilation can be given if appropriate with a reader, or the candidate can be allowed to sit the examination in a separate room and read the questions out loud.
Prompters are occasionally allowed to tell the candidate that time is passing at particular points.
Word processor without spell checks can be allowed in examinations.
A transcript of the individuals work can be allowed.
Extra time may be based on writing speed, reading speed, if diagrams are required, if turning pages is difficult, if completion of practical tasks is required etc.
Enlarged grids for mathematics and other technical subjects can be supplied where filling this in is a problem or the use of an amanuensis in drawing and labelling lines etc.
An amanuensis is a person who writes down, types or word processes a candidate’s dictated answers to questions
A prompter can be used where there are attention difficulties, e.g. light tap the candidates arm or desk to prompt them back on the task – verbal prompts are not allowed.