Why assess for exam arrangements?

What are the benefits of assessing for exam arrangements?

The following difficulties are examples of when a young person may qualifiy* for exam dispensations:

  • Slow handwriting/poor fine motor skills
  • A difficulty getting ideas down on to paper
  • Slow processing speed (cognitive or verbal)
  • Slow reading speed
  • Poor reading accuracy
  • Poor comprehension skills
  • Poor working memory
  • Attentional problems
  • High levels of anxiety

Assessing for exam arrangement ensures that a young person is put on a level playing field with other students who do not experience such difficulties. Advice is given as to what arrangement would be appropriate with the identified need. 

Arrangements may include:

  • Additional time
  • Access to a word processor
  • Access to a scribe
  • Access to a reader
  • Access to a prompt
  • Rest breaks
  • Separate exam invigilation

*Pupils must be assessed as having at least one below average score (equal to or below standard score 84) or have two scores falling in the low average range (85-89).  Under the  JCQ guidelines the pupil's school/college must support the access arrangement by demonstrating evidence of need.  Please see the link below for more detail.


A post 16 report can be used to apply for Disability Student's Allowance for Higher Education.


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Mrs Emily Vincent
14 Copt Elm Road, Charlton Kings
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Telephone: 07552 479561