Exam Access Arrangements: Apply Now

Exam access arrangements (EAAs) are available if you are unable to sit exams under standard examination conditions, due to a disability or another condition, and allow you to perform to your best ability in an exam without compromising academic standards. We tell you all you need to know ahead of the application deadline (Friday 28 January).

Exam access arrangements (EAAs) are available if you are unable to sit exams under standard examination conditions, due to a disability or another condition. EAAs allow you to perform to your best ability in an exam without compromising academic standards. Putting EEAs into place can take some time, so we strongly recommend that you register with the University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Team (D&N), formerly known as the Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) as soon as possible to get the process started.

At school or college, you might have had some adjustments like the use of a word processor or additional exam time. If so, then you definitely need to register with D&N and ask what you need to do to make sure you continue to receive those adjustments here. If you have already disclosed your disability and been in contact with D&N, they should have contacted you regarding the provision of reasonable adjustments.

If you’re worried that you need exam access arrangements and that you have an undiagnosed learning difficulty or disability, then contact D&N to ask for guidance about getting a diagnosis.

Am I eligible to apply for EAAs?

There are three main groups of students who might need alternative examination arrangements:

  • Students with a medically diagnosed disability
  • Neurodiverse students e.g. dyslexia, autism
  • Students with a temporary condition or illness

If you think this applies to you then you may be able to apply for EAAs. If you’re not sure what needs you have, please see the D&N FAQs and contact them – they will be happy to discuss this with you.

How to register

The easiest way to register with the Disability & Neurodiversity Team is to complete the form by telling D&N about your disability and providing evidence of your disability.  

When do I need to apply?

You can apply for EAAs from the start of the academic year but the deadline for applications to request them for your May exams is 28 January 2022. This is a strict deadline and missing it could mean having to repeat the year and increased student debt, so be sure to set yourself a reminder.

How will I know what my exam access arrangements are?

After applying for your EAAs they will need to be approved by the university. You should receive an email in your university email account confirming details of your EAAs. Make sure to check these details are correct and as expected, if not you will need to contact D&N as soon as possible.

How is extra time calculated, and how will this be shown on my timetable?

Extra time is calculated on a pro-rata basis per hour. For example, if you are granted 15 minutes per hour extra time for a two-hour exam your total exam time will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. Extra time is not displayed on your exam timetable on Campus Connect, so don’t worry if this shows the standard duration. Your EAA confirmation email will detail how much extra time you have been given per hour and the exam supervisor will reconfirm this to you at the start of your exam.

Further support

Our Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Our advisors hold drop-ins on Zoom every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 13:30-15:30. You can find more information on our events calendar and can join the virtual drop-ins using this Zoom link

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a different meeting time.