dyslexia examination concessions / special examination arrangements

GCSE, GCE ‘A’ Levels and GNVQ Examinations

If you have dyslexia you may be able to get concessions with examinations. Every Examination Board has different rules and regulations therefore, the school should contact them in plenty of time to ascertain the exact requirements of the individual Board.
You may be able to use a computer for; coursework and examinations. Other concessions you may be entitled to include:

• Extra time – extra time, up to 25%, as dyslexics process information more slowly, this puts them on an equal footing as non-dyslexics..
• Amanuensis / Scribe – an adult who writes for the student.
• Reader – an adult to read out the questions to the student.
• Word processors – some dyslexic students type faster than they can write.
• Voice Recognition Software.
• Or other arrangements.

To get entitlement for any of the above, the Examination Boards will require a current assessment report from an Educational Psychologist or from a teacher with specialist qualifications for identifying assessing and teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties. The school should be able to arrange this for you, however, if there is a delay, you may need to arrange this yourself.
A Booklet on the regulations is available from the Joint Council for Qualifications or telephone: 02076 384225 or www.jcgq.org.uk.
These concessions need to be requested as early as possible.

Updated: 11 March 2009