If you usually receive additional writing time and/or rest breaks during timed examinations….
Extra time typically only applies to formal, timed, invigilated exams at the University rather than online assessments/take home exams completed at home over a number of hours/days.
The time allowed for take home assessments is designed to be purposefully longer than we would expect students to need to complete the task. You are not expected to work continually within the allotted time. This is to allow as many students as possible (including disabled students) to complete the assessment in accordance with their needs. As this method of assessment is already inclusive by design, extra time is not typically required for disabled students.
If you require additional support in terms of how to approach such assessments you may wish to contact the Academic Skills Centre and/or AWAS where appropriate.
Class tests / MCQ
If you have a class test within the original (pre-Covid) time frame and extra time and/or rest breaks is recommended in your reasonable adjustment plan (RAP), this additional allowance should still be allocated.
If you usually receive use of a reader/scribe in exams……..
If you have access to assistive technology, such as text to speech software (eg. Claroread / Texthelp) or speech to text software (eg. Dragon) this technology can be used in place of human support to read text and record your responses to exam questions in writing. Typically, human support would only have been put in place due to the practicalities of accessing such assistive technology in an exam environment. The substantial time frame given to complete the online assessment should allow the time for this assistive software to be used effectively.
Please ensure that you have undertaken the relevant assistive software training prior to the assessment.
Additional guidance on how to use your software effectively can be found at: Texthelp Read-Write; Claroread and Dragon Naturally Speaking
Please look out for the range of activities and guidance offered in Assessment Support Week, commencing 14 December.
If you have additional queries about online exams, please contact your named adviser.