Individual Examination Adjustments

School regulations allow for individual examination adjustments (IEAs), such as extra writing time, rest periods, the use of equipment, etc. to be made if you have a documented medical, physical or psychological condition and/or a learning disability e.g. dyslexia. Please note that these adjustments are confidential and will not be listed on your transcript and/or degree certificate.

Applying for IEAs

Applications prior to the last day of Lent term

If you believe that you are entitled to IEAs and have not yet taken steps to put these in place, please contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS) at| or on 020 7955 7767 as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 21 March 2014, to make an appointment. If you do not meet this deadline it may not be possible for adjustments to be put in place for any or all of your examinations.

Please note that you do not need to contact the Disability and Well-being Service if you have already applied for IEA as part of your Individual Student Support Agreement (ISSA).

Recommendations for IEA will be considered by the IEA Panel. The Panel will consist of a member of Student Services staff (nominated by the Head of the Student Services Centre) and a member of the Disability & Well-being Service other than the one who made the initial recommendation.

Short term IEAs and applications after the last day of Lent term

You can apply for short term IEAs if you experience a short term or unexpected medical condition during the examination period, or have other exceptional circumstances that you feel would benefit from short term IEA.

The application form| is available from the Student Services Centre in the forms holder near the window. Staff can provide you with advice and guidance on completing your application if you have any questions. Please note that all applications must be supported by up-to-date official written evidence in English.

The Panel will decide whether to accept or reject the application. You will be notified of the Panel’s decision by the start of Summer Term.

Appealing an IEA decision

If you believe your request has been rejected unfairly, you have a right of appeal. All appeals must be based on either:

  • New evidence relating to the circumstances that led you to request specific examination arrangements or arrangements other than those recommended;


  • An alleged procedural defect in the original decision-making process.

Any appeal will be considered by the relevant Dean (e.g. if the student is a graduate student, the Dean of Graduate Studies will consider the appeal). If an appeal is rejected, there is no further right to resubmit it or to ask for a further review of the decision.

Location of examinations

If individual examination adjustments (IEA) have been agreed, you will not be taking your examinations in one of the main examination rooms.

You must, instead, check the 'Individual Examination Adjustments List' posted in the foyer of Clement House on the day of each examination. This list will indicate the room where you will be sitting your exam.

There will be a separate list for morning and afternoon exams, and for ease of identification these lists will be printed on pink paper.

You can also access these lists online via the following link the evening before the relevant examination: Daily Arrangements|.

Your IEA will only be available in the exam room indicated on the above lists; you will not be able to take advantage of your individual adjustments in any other room.

Please note: IEA are provided for a number of students throughout the School and for a variety of reasons. As a result there will usually be several candidates in the same IEA room. These students will have permission to take rest periods and/or leave the room at different times. Students are expected to do this quietly to minimise any disruption to other candidates.

Types of individual examination adjustments

The IEA Panel will have agreed your individual adjustments. These adjustments may include one or more of the following:

Extra writing time:

  • You have additional time to read and/or write your exams. This will be shown as a revised finishing time.
  • You are not obliged to take any or all of the extra time agreed.
  • Extra writing time will be based on the exam duration excluding any specific reading time included in the standard exam duration.
  • The exam does not stop if you leave the room to use the bathroom.

Rest periods:

  • Please note that rest periods do not include extra reading and writing time.
  • This arrangement gives you time to stop the examination and take a rest break.
  • You can take rest periods at any time, and for any length of time, during the examination, not exceeding the total rest time agreed.
  • During the rest period you may leave the examination room to use the bathroom or to take a short supervised break within the examination building. Alternatively, you may remain at your desk but if you do so you must turn your exam materials over.
  • The rest period will be based on the exam duration excluding any specific reading time included in the standard exam duration.
  • You are not obliged to take any or all of the rest time agreed.
  • You must follow the procedure below:
    • You will be given a card at the start of the examination. The invigilator will use this to calculate your remaining rest time.
    • You must hand this card to the invigilator at the start of each rest period.
    • You must turn your answer book and question paper face down for the duration of your rest period.
    • You must tell the invigilator when you have finished your rest period and he/she will complete the card and return it to you shortly afterwards.
    • The card must be handed in with your answer book at the end of the exam.

Use of a word processor:

  • You will be provided with a stand-alone computer which will not be connected to the internet or any other network.
  • You will log on with a user id provided by the invigilator.
  • The computer will be equipped with the Office 2010 version of Microsoft Word.
  • You must complete the front of the answer book in the usual way, even if you do not write any of your answer in the answer book.
  • You are responsible for saving your work to the hard drive at frequent intervals and then onto a USB memory stick, which will be provided. Should the PC crash, the School will not take responsibility for any unsaved work that is lost.
  • You should create a header and footer on your work with your candidate number, exam title and code, and page numbers in the format 'Page X of Y'.  Do not include your name or student number.
  • If you wish to be present when your work is printed out, please inform the invigilator who will accompany you to the Examinations Office.
  • You are not obliged to use the computer. You may use the answer book for the entire examination, for specific questions, or to produce rough work, mathematical calculations and/or diagrams.
  • If you use both answer books and computer, take care to number your answers clearly to indicate which questions you have answered and where.
  • Any rough written work must also be submitted.