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Exam adjustments

Exam adjustments

If you had exam adjustments in place at school or college, these don't automatically transfer to university. These adjustments likely included:

  • extra time
  • using a laptop
  • taking your exam in a smaller room
  • having a scribe

If you think this applies to you – or you aren’t sure – please get in touch with Wellbeing Services. You’ll need to provide supporting evidence too.

Please get in touch as soon as you can, to make sure you meet the deadlines for this to be in place:

Final Deadline for Exam Adjustments for 2021/22 Exams

The latest dates you can attend an appointment with Wellbeing Services to discuss exam adjustments are: 

January exams: Monday 8th November 2021

May exams: Monday 14th February 2022

Referred/deferred August exams: Friday 1st July 2022 

However, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. The University cannot guarantee reasonable adjustments for the above exam periods if you attend an appointment or provide medical evidence after these respective dates.

You will need to provide appropriate supporting medical evidence (for example a doctor's letter or an Educational Psychologist report) which has a statement of your needs. Please see 'Medical Evidence' below for further guidance.

Make an Appointment

If you require exam adjustments due to a mental health condition, specific learning difficulty, disability, or physical health condition please request an appointment with our advisors using our online formYour appointment can include creating an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and arranging exam adjustments.

For more information about exam adjustments, please ring us on 01392 724381 or email

Medical Evidence

Specific Learning Difficulties

For a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you will need to provide a diagnostic assessment report by an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher who is qualified to assess students with dyslexia and dyspraxia.  

  • Please note dyspraxia can also be diagnosed by a GP or another medical professional such as a speech and language therapist or an occupational therapist.
  • Please note tests conducted for JCQ access arrangements in schools may not have used tests with the appropriate age range or have tested ability and achievement and are usually not sufficient as evidence of dyslexia and dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties.

Other Disabilities

For other disabilities, long term health conditions, or mental health conditions, you will need a letter from a doctor or another medical professional.

Your evidence should include the following details: 

  • A diagnosis or working diagnosis of your disability/condition
  • How long you have had your disability/condition
  • The main symptoms of your disability/condition, and if relevant, the medication side effects
  • Guidance on study and examination adjustments you may require
  • Guidance on the accommodation support you may require 

You can take our Medical Evidence form to be filled out by a doctor or medical professional if you need to obtain medical evidence for conditions other than specific learning difficulties.

Evidence in a language other than English

We welcome students to get in touch with any medical or supporting evidence that they have on file in the first instance. If your medical evidence is not in English, we may request a translation of the full text in order to determine how best we can support your individual requirements at Exeter. We are happy to advise on this, so please do email us at with a copy of your evidence if you are unsure whether you need to pursue a translation.