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Examination Arrangements

What are Examination Arrangements?

Examination Arrangements are adjustments to examinations designed to relieve students of any disadvantage arising from disability, medical reason, religious observance, or other circumstances. This might include having an amanuensis (a person to write what you dictate), taking exams in college, extra time, taking the exam on another day and much more.

How are Examination Arrangements organised?

Examination Arrangements are authorised by the Board of Examinations, and requests are made through colleges. Students should not apply directly, but speak to their DoS or Tutor about organising adjustments.

When is the deadline for putting in requests?

It is best to start your request as early as possible - before you arrive or in Michaelmas term, as the deadline for Undergraduate and certain Postgraduate courses applications is division of Lent Term. Further information and guidelines for students can be found here.

For Postgraduate Students (PhD, MSc, MLitt, MPhil, MRes, MSt, Certificate of Postgraduate Study (CPGS) and Graduate Diplomas in Economics, Legal Studies and International Law the deadline is 31st January preceding the examination. Further information and guidelines for students can be found here.

If a situation arises after this point, speak to your College Tutor or Supervisor/DoS as soon as possible as it still may be possible to apply for adjustments.

Alternative Modes of Assessment (AMA)

The Alternative Modes of Assessment (AMA) process is for students where the standard examination access arrangements available do not adequately address the specific, substantial disadvantage experienced by a disabled student.

Requests must be submitted by a student's college and further information can be found here.

Faith-provision for all examinations except those assessed by thesis and oral

This allows candidates to apply to the Student Registry for reasonable alternative examination arrangements to be made where the scheduled examination period coincides with a student's religious observance. There will be deadlines for each term to apply. Further information can be found here.

Where can I find more information and advice?

Speak to your college tutor, the Disability Resource Centre or Students' Unions' Advice Service.