Exams and assessments

  • Exams

    Exams should be a fair test of your knowledge and what you are able to do. For some disabled students, the usual exam format may not be suitable and, if this is the case, adjustments can be made. Typical adjustments might be:

    • extra time (usually 25% but can be more)
    • rest breaks
    • personal time reminders
    • exam papers in different formats (enlarged font, coloured paper, electronic copy)
    • use of computer, software and/or hardware
    • separate room
    • use of a scribe or reader

    To make sure we're being fair, we always ask for evidence of a disability/medical or mental health condition before making exam adjustments.

    Exam arrangements for disabled students

    If you need any adjustments for your exams and have not yet agreed these with a Disability Adviser, you should contact disabilitysupport@brookes.ac.uk. We strongly suggest that you contact the Inclusive Support Service by Week 8. 

    Adjustments can be made for students with a physical disability or mental health problem. You will need to provide evidence of your need for these arrangements, for example, a letter from your GP or a copy of your assessment report. 

    Please allow plenty of time for your request to be processed before the Exams Office deadline.

    Certain arrangements, for example, those which impact on timetabling, require more notice and may not be able to be arranged if the request is made after Week 3.    

    Coursework extensions

    Oxford Brookes encourages all students to plan their time and meet deadlines, however sometimes you may find it impossible to meet a deadline for reasons beyond your control. If this happens, you need to contact your Module Leader or Academic Adviser for advice.

    You are required to complete the Exceptional Circumstances Form available in your Student Information.

    If the reason is related to your disability, the Inclusive Support Service may be able to support your case.