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Exam Adjustments

The University of Exeter can only put reasonable adjustments for examinations in place (such as extra time, laptop usage, special rooming provision) after you have discussed your needs in an appointment with Wellbeing Services, and provided supporting evidence stating your needs.

Please note any previous exam adjustments you may have had before at school and/or college will not automatically transfer to your study at Exeter.

Final Deadline for Exam Adjustments for 2018 Exams

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

January exams: Friday 3rd November 2017

May/Summer exams: Friday 16th February 2018

Referred/deferred August exams: Friday 29th June 2018

However we would encourage you to make an appointment now. The University cannot guarantee reasonable adjustments for your exams if you make an appointment after these respective dates.

You will need to bring appropriate supporting medical evidence (for example a doctor's letter or Post 16 Educational Psychologist report) which has a statement of your needs to your appointment. 

Medical Evidence

Specific Learning Difficulties

For a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you will need a diagnostic assessment report based on an assessment which was carried out after your sixteenth birthday by an educational psychologist or suitably qualified specialist teacher who is qualified to assess students with dyslexia and dyspraxia. These post 16 assessments must use tests which cover the age range of 16 and above and include a measure of your ability and achievement. 

  • 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, or long term health conditions, you will need a letter from a GP or another medical professional.

Your evidence needs to 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.

Translation of Medical Evidence

Please note if your medical evidence is in a language other than English, Wellbeing Services will require an official translation of the full text of any medical documentation you provide as evidence of your disability. An official translation must be an accurate translation which is also accompanied by a signed statement of truth from an accredited translation agency.  Wellbeing Services will use the content of the translation to determine how best we can support your individual needs at Exeter. If you need further guidance about this translation can you please contact Wellbeing Services by emailing or telephoning 0300 555 0444.

Booking an Appointment

To book an appointment with the Mental Health team, please fill out the Mental Health Appointment Request form.

To book an appointment with AccessAbility (for specific learning difficulties, health conditions or physical disabilities), please call the SID team on 0300 555 0444, and send any medical evidence/diagnostic reports to If you cannot send medical evidence prior to your appointment, please ensure you bring it with you on the day as otherwise we will not be able to put your exam arrangements in place. 

For further details please see the Exam Team's Specific Provision information page.

If you have any queries regarding specific exam arrangements please contact Wellbeing Services.

If you have any queries regarding exams in general please contact SID.