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. EAAs allow you to perform to your best ability in an exam without compromising academic standards. The deadline to register for this academic year is Friday 29 January. 

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 contact the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Services (DDS) 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 DDS, 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 make an appointment with DDS to ask for guidance about getting a diagnosis. If you have genuine concerns of this nature, we strongly recommend you take action now, as getting a diagnosis once you stop being a student can be difficult and costly.

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/condition
  • Students with a specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia
  • 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 contact DDS who will be happy to discuss this with you.

HOW DO I APPLY?

The easiest way to register with DDS is to complete this form to tell them about your disability and provide evidence for it.

If you don't have any existing evidence of your disability and need to see your GP to get this, you can ask them to complete this medical evidence form.

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 Friday 29 January 2021.  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 Student Services at studentservices@royalholloway.ac.uk 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 two 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

We appreciate the volume of information being sent your way could be quite overwhelming, so we've created a Coronavirus Hub to give you quick links to key advice, guidance, and our latest news updates. With dedicated pages for housingacademic, and welfare advice, as well as links to government advice and College FAQs, it's your one-stop-shop for all the vital information during this time.

The 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.

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a phone appointment.