Exam adjustments

We have well-established procedures in place for making alternative examination and assessment arrangements if you need this. Depending on your specific needs, a range of alternative methods may be employed including:

•    extra time for examinations and course work submissions
•    disregard of poor spelling, writing and grammar
•    computer
•    scribe
•    reader
•    examination questions in alternative formats such as braille or disc or on coloured paper
•    separate accommodation
•    transcription

If you require alternative examination arrangements you will be asked to provide a medical certificate or other relevant document confirming your disability.

Academic Schools and the examinations office require notification from the disability advisor of your alternative examination arrangements well in advance. Please speak with your disability advisor regarding the deadlines.
You are also advised to make yourself known to the invigilator prior to the start of an examination so that the appropriate assistance may be given.

Special consideration for marking

The University operates an anonymous marking scheme for all students. If you require special consideration of your work due to your disability you will receive stickers from the exam venue which should be placed on the front of your examination script. This will alert examiners to disregard poor writing, spelling and grammar in the marking process.

Online exams - FAQs and advice

We have provided FAQs and advice for online exams.

How to access exam adjustments

New students
If you have a disability, medical or mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), or a sensory impairment and you need to discuss or arrange exam adjustments, you must meet with a Disability Advisor to have this support put in place; it does not happen automatically because you have disclosed one of the conditions listed above. Disability Advisors will offer advice, find out what support has been helpful in the past and assess your needs. Make an appointment at disability@hw.ac.uk.
Continuing students
If you entitled to exam adjustments due to a disability, medical or mental health condition, specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a sensory issue, please check that your exam adjustments are in place by viewing them on Student Self Service.
If you feel that you need exam adjustments but:
• you have not yet visited the Disability Service to have them put in place
• they are not visible on Student Self Service
Contact disability@hw.ac.uk immediately to arrange an appointment with a Disability Advisor.
If your circumstances have changed and you would like to review your exam adjustments, or you no longer make use of an adjustment, please let us know via disability@hw.ac.uk.
If you would like to discuss alternatives to your exam adjustments, such as use of a PC instead of a scribe, contact disability@hw.ac.uk to arrange an appointment with a Disability Advisor.
 
Online learning
If you are entitled to exam adjustments due to a disability, medical or mental health condition, specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a sensory issue, please contact disability@hw.ac.uk to arrange an appointment with a Disability Advisor.
Go Global students
If you are transferring campus through Go Global, your exam adjustments will be sent to the campus in advance however, please still make an appointment with the Advisor at the campus to discuss your exam adjustments and any other support that you need.
Exchange students
If you are a Heriot-Watt student going out on exchange, your exam and support arrangements will have been sent to your host university in advance however, please still make an appointment with the Advisor at the campus to discuss your exam adjustments and any other support that you need. If you are an exchange student coming to Heriot-Watt and you are entitled to exam adjustments due to a disability, medical or mental health condition, specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a sensory issue please contact disability@hw.ac.uk to arrange an appointment with a Disability Advisor.

Key information

Disability Services