Adapted examination

Last changed: 29 March 2018

If you have a decision for learning support, you might have the possibility to take an adapted examination. Examples of adapted examinations include extended time for written exams, computer support and sitting 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 write recommended adaptations in the Nais decision.

The course coordinator/examiner will then decide which adaptations are possible for a specific examination. This takes place in relation to the syllabus and other course requirements.

How to make an adapted examination work

  • If you would like an adapted examination, contact the course coordinator or course administrator well in advance before the exam. Show your recommendation for adaptations from Nais.
  • Contact them at least two weeks before the examination. Please note that a number of departments may have different deadlines. This is important to give teachers and administrators a fair chance to implement the practical preparations.
  • If you are prevented from doing the examination, inform the person you have been in contact with regarding the adapted examination (course administrator or course coordinator).

Common adaptations for written examinations

  • Extended time (usually 25 % longer).
  • Sit in smaller groups, or in certain cases, entirely alone.
  • Use examination computers with speech synthesis and spell-check programs.

Other forms of adaptations or alternative examinations

Oral supplements to written examinations

An oral supplement takes place directly after the written exam. Here, you will be able to explain and expand on your answers for the examiner.

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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