Exam adjustments

The University of Exeter can only put reasonable adjustments for examinations in place (such as extra time, laptop usage, specific 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 2019/20 Exams

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

January exams: Friday 1st November 2019

May/Summer exams: Friday 14th February 2020

Referred/deferred August exams: Friday 26th June 2020

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 provide appropriate supporting medical evidence (for example a doctor's letter or an Educational Psychologist report) which has a statement of your needs, preferably before your appoinment.

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, or long term health conditions, you will need a letter from a GP 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.

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 Accessability@exeter.ac.uk or telephoning 0300 555 0444.