Assistance for sitting exams
If you need help to sit exams, extra assistance is available.
Criteria for assistance
Assistance may be available to:
- candidates with a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) or a medical condition that makes examinations difficult
- candidates for whom English is a second language
- candidates who have failed the same examination 2 or more times
Supporting evidence should be provided which may include documentation from a disabilities coordinator (most polytechnics have these) or a medical practitioner in the case of a medical condition.
Applications for assistance must be applied for in writing using the extra assistance request application form on the Aspec website below. Email the filled-in form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of assistance
This is usually up to 30 minutes for 3 hour exams (now that these are online) but more may be considered.
A reader reads the question and the candidate selects the correct answer(s) from the options given on the screen. Readers are supplied by Aspeq for a charge covering the cost of the reader and a separate room.
The candidate reads the questions and identifies the answer to the writer. Writers are supplied by Aspeq for a charge covering the cost of the writer and a separate room.
A reader/writer reads the question and the candidate identifies the answer to the writer. Reader/writers are supplied by Aspeq for a charge covering the cost of the reader/writer and a separate room.
Candidates entitled to a reader or a writer (or both) may also be entitled to additional time.
In exceptional circumstances, an oral examination can be provided. The examiner is an electrical worker or a person with electrical knowledge and, where the candidate requests, the examiner provides an explanation of the question being attempted. The candidate records the answer himself or herself or the examiner records the answer given by the candidate.
The examiner must be able to:
- paraphrase the question (for example, by giving a practical example) without answering the question for the candidate
- write the candidate’s answer without indicating whether the answer is correct or not.