Alternative exam arrangements

Last changed: 09 November 2022
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If you have been granted targeted study support, you may be entitled to alternative exam arrangements. Examples of alternative arrangements are extra time for written exams, computer support and taking tests in smaller groups.

The student requests the coordinator recommends the examiner decides

Discuss your challenges with the SLU coordinator, and what works best for you in examinations. The coordinator will document the recommended arrangements in the Nais decision.

The course coordinator/examiner will then decide what arrangements are possible for a specific examination. This is decided taking into account the syllabus and other course requirements.

How to make alternative exam arrangements work

  • If you would like alternative exam arrangements, contact the course coordinator or course administrator well in advance before the exam. Show your recommendation for alternative arrangements from Nais.
  • Contact them at least 15 weekdays before the examination (in Alnarp 14 days). Please note that a number of departments may have different deadlines. This is necessary to give teachers and administrators a fair chance of making the necessary practical preparations.
  • If you are prevented from taking the exam, inform the person you have been in contact with regarding the exam arrangements (course administrator or course coordinator).

Common arrangements for written exams

  • Extra time (usually 25 % more).
  • Take the exam in a smaller group or, in certain cases, alone.
  • Use exam computers with speech synthesis and spell-checkers.

Other forms of alternative exam arrangements

Oral session to complement written exam

An oral session takes place immediately after the written exam and gives you the opportunity to explain and expand on your answers.

Oral exam instead of written

For some courses, you will be able to complete an oral exam instead of a written exam.

Divide the examination into two parts

This may be relevant if the exam’s duration – including extra time – is over five hours.

Extra time for written assignments

If you require extra time for written assignments such as lab reports and take-home examinations, you must always agree this with the course coordinator well in advance.

Oral presentation in small groups

This applies if your disability makes it difficult for you to hold presentations in front of large groups. The idea is that you give a presentation to a smaller group at the start of your studies, and practise gradually (if you are a student on a programme). The aim is that you will be able to give oral presentations in front of a large group at the end of your studies.


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