Examination adjustments

Exam adjustments

Applications can be made for exam adjustments owing to disability and/or illness.

Adjustments may include extra writing time, use of a computer, rest time, or use of assistive software.


Applications are made by college officers via eVision.

Dispensations  Dispensations are requests to Education Committee for the normal limits and rules set out in the Examination Regulations to be set aside for individual students, generally due to extenuating circumstances.
  Applications are made to Education Policy Support.
Extension request  Applications may be made for an extension to a submission deadline or for take home papers.


Exam adjustments

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Applications are made using eVision

If access to the exam adjustment screens is required please contact your Information Custodian.

eVision instructions for Colleges are available in the Quick Reference Guide.


  1. Student declares disability, SpLD or illness to the university. 
  2. Student provides supporting evidence and discusses potential appropriate exam adjustments with their college. 

If the student is registered with the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) a Disability Advisor may assess the students requirements and prepare a Student Support Plan (SSP) providing recommendations for living accommodation, teaching and assessments. 

  1. Medical recommendations and/or a Student Support Plan (SSP) to be provided to the students' college. 
  2. Where adjustments are recommended for teaching, DAS or the college to share details with the relevant department. 
  3. Where adjustments are also required for exams the college submit an application via eVision, uploading medical evidence and/or a SSP provided to support the application. 
  4. Exam Services team consider the application and approve reasonable adjustments. 
  5. Approved adjustments are confirmed to the college and department (via the relevant exam board administrator). 
  6. The approved adjustments are recorded in eVision.
  7. The college notifies the student of approved adjustments. 

If a student with exam adjustments is also taking exams organised by the department it is helpful if these details can be included in the application. 

Students can find details of their exam adjustments that have been approved in Student Self Service and on their individual exam timetable. 

Students are advised to apply for exam adjustments for their exams as early as possible and no later than Week 4 of the term before their exams are due to take place. Please note Week 9 of Trinity term is still considered to be part of Trinity term, so any applications for exams in that week should be submitted by Week 4 of Hilary term.

  • Extra writing or rest time.
  • Use of a word processor or permission to handwrite depending on the nature of the exam mode of completion.
  • To sit in-person exams in college for conditions that require a support work or managed rest time. 
  • Enlarged font papers for in-person exams for those with a visual impairment.
  • Written instructions for in-person exams for those with a hearing impairment.
  • Ergonomic or other seating arrangements for in-person exams.
  • The scheduling of exams* at a specific time of day or only one exam scheduled per day.
  • The scheduling of exams* to accommodate religious observances.
  • Permission to bring food, drink and medication into an exam requires a signed letter from the college nurse or senior tutor.
  • Arrangements that include rest time, over 25% extra writing time, assistive software or a scribe will need to be accommodated as an individual college sitting for in-person exams - do check with the Exam Services team if you are unsure.

*Scheduling requests must be submitted by Week 4 of Michaelmas Term in order to be factored into exam timetables.

Ongoing exam adjustments apply for the duration of a student's course. 

Temporary exam adjustments apply either for the year or the exam period.

If the student changes course or college, a new application will need to be made in order for the adjustments to be applied to that course and communicated to the correct course contacts.

Ongoing adjustments include:

  • SpLDs 
  • Long term conditions and disabilities (for which an SSP will be required)
  • Religious observance

Temporary adjustments include:

  • Infection
  • Injuries and surgery
  • Changeable conditions such as anxiety, RSI, tendonitis

Trial arrangements:

  • We strongly encourage students to trial their approved adjustment during collections or by attending a mock exam at the Examination Schools and Inspera practice sites.

Sitting at the Examination Schools:

  • Students will be informed of their room on the day of their exam.
  • Students using a computer are provided with a PC, keyboard, mouse and script booklets and may type or write answers as they wish.
  • Students with an SpLD will have spelling and grammar checking enabled on their computer.
  • Students with an SpLD will be provided with a Inclusive Marking Guidelines/IMG form to attach to their work, it is their responsibility to attach the form.

Sitting online open-book exams: 

  • Students will be able to see their exams in Inspera at least 48-hours, or earlier in most cases, before the paper is due to begin.  

  • The duration of any extra writing and/or rest time will be visible to the student on the exam details page in Inspera. Students should manage their extra writing and rest timings. If additional support is required please liaise with the Exam Services team at eas@admin.ox.ac.uk as to putting suitable adjustments in place for this. 

  • Spell checking is enabled in Inspera for all students and all exams. 

  • For students with a SpLD, their examiners will be informed of their SpLD on the eVision/SITS generated mark sheets and referred to the Inclusive Marking Guidelines/IMG form about the possible impact on their formally assessed coursework.  

Sitting closed-book remotely invigilated exams: 

  • Students will be provided with full details and links to the remote invigilation appointment ahead of their exams. 

  • Students with approved rest time should let the invigilator know when they are taking rest breaks and when they resume their exam.  

  • Spell checking is enabled in Inspera for all students and all exams. 

  • For students with a SpLD, their examiners will be informed of their SpLD on the eVision/SITS generated mark sheets and referred to the Inclusive Marking Guidelines/IMG form about the possible impact on their formally assessed coursework.  

Sitting in college:

Coursework and other assignments:

  • Extra time is not automatically applied for coursework and other assignments. 

  • For Undergraduate or postgraduate taught students with a recorded SpLD adjustment, their examiners will be informed of their SpLD on the eVision/SITS generated mark sheets and referred to the Inclusive Marking Guidelines/IMG form (previously 2D form) about the possible impact on their formally assessed coursework. 

  • Students who are having difficulties with their workload deadlines because of illness or other urgent cause are advised to discuss this their college. Further information on requesting extensions is available on the Submitted Assessments page and the Problems completing your assessment page. 

  • Students who are having difficulties with workload deadlines because of their disability you should discuss this with your tutor and with the Disability Advisory Service

  • There may be other adjustments that can be made to help, and the extension of the course may be recommended. 

Departmental exams and assessments:

  • If a student with exam adjustments is taking exams or assessments administered by the department, their approved exam adjustments will need to be organised by the department.
  • If there are specific details that need to be clarified for departmental assessments, please contact the Exam Services team.  We do not have specific details for the wide range of departmental assessments across the multitude of courses to include in each individual case.

In accordance with the deadlines published in the Examinations and Assessment Framework, exam  adjustments will be granted for any exams taking place 5 working days after the application has been submitted. This includes adjustments to mode of completion and for late diagnosis of conditions, such as an SpLD.​ 

Students experiencing difficulties sitting their exams are advised to:​

  • continue with exams as planned (without adjustment)​ and submit a mitigating circumstances notice to examiners if they feel their exams were impacted,
  • attend some exams, if that is appropriate, and seek excusal for from those that will be missed/unable to sit (via Proctors),​
  • suspend or withdraw from exams to take them at another opportunity when adjustments can be put in place (noting any implications for course progression or completion). 

Access is managed by your local Information Custodian.

For colleges: if you do not have access please contact your Information Custodian and request access to COLL_ADJ: College access to submit applications and COLL_READALT: View exam adjustment letter and and exam adjustments.

For departments: if you do not have access please contact your Information Custodian and request access DEPT_ADJ: Department access to submit applications and DEPT_READALT: View exam adjustment letters and exam adjustments.

  • Applications for reasonable adjustments which require significant changes to university examinations are approved by or on behalf of Education Committee.
  • The committee has delegated authority from Council to approve the necessary dispensations from the regulations required to put such changes into effect.
  • Education Committee seeks supporting material from a number of sources in reaching decisions on applications of this type.
  • Applications should be made by email to edcapplications@admin.ox.ac.uk, or through internal post to Education Policy Support

Further information on applying for dispensations is available here

  • Requests for extensions to deadlines for submitted work should be made to the Proctors’ Office at examinations@proctors.ox.ac.uk.
  • Extensions that are likely to take the submission date beyond the term of office of the current board of examiners are dealt with as a dispensation by Education Policy Support.