Exams Access Arrangements Assessments

What are Exams Access Arrangements?

Access Arrangements are additional arrangements permitted by the examination board to allow equal access to examinations for learners/students who show evidence of weak processing or similar difficulties. Arrangements must be approved well in advance of examinations and must be based on both evidence of the learner’s need and their normal way of working.

Adjustments may include:

  • the use of a coloured overlay
  • extra time
  • use of a word processor
  • use of a reader or computer reader
  • use of a scribe or speech recognition technology
  • rest breaks

They allow learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access an examination and to show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment.

How can Dys-appear help?

Dys-appear can provide an assessment which investigates whether a learner might be able to request additional access arrangements in exams.

The learner (or parent if the learner is under 18) will receive a brief written report which can be forwarded to the school if requested by the SENCo. A signed Section C of JCQ Form 8 is also available to the school on their request.

We can provide this assessment service to schools /learning centres, or privately for parents / students.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Access Arrangements will depend upon the areas of need being assessed. If all areas are assessed the cost will be no more than £100 if it takes place at our office. Additional travel costs of £25 will be incurred if the assessment takes place elsewhere. Schools can contact us directly for costings.

Which locations are covered?

Dys-appear are able to provide assessments for Access Arrangements in the geographical location of the North West encompassing:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire
  • Liverpool
  • Wigan
  • Warrington

Does a school or examining body have to implement the recommendations?

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) states * that from 1 September 2017, parents who feel their child requires access arrangements in examinations (such as extra time, a reader or scribe) must consult with their child’s school before arranging a private assessment with an organisation such as Dys-appear.

Before contacting us to arrange an assessment for your child, we strongly advise that parents make an appointment with school so that they can discuss their child’s difficulties with the SENCo / Head Teacher / classroom teachers.

   *  Information taken from Joint Council for Qualifications guidance on Adjustments for candidates with disabilities and learning difficulties.