Assistance for sitting exams

Assistance for sitting exams

If you need help to sit exams, find out here if you fit the criteria and download the form you fill in.

The Board's policy on extra assistance

Applications for assistance must be applied for in writing with the support of the training provider or examination centre. If candidates are not known by the examination centre the candidate will need to go back to their original tutor and request written support for their application, or access an independent assessment for example from a learning support centre.

Assistance can be granted to candidates who have difficulty with written examinations in the form of:

Additional time

This is usually up to half an hour for an EST type examination and up to one hour for an electrician theory or electrician regulations type examination.

A reader

The reader reads the question to the candidate and the candidate writes the answer in the examination paper. The reader cannot be an electrical worker, a person with electrical knowledge, partner or family member and the person nominated must be approved by the Board.

A writer

The candidate reads the question and provides the answer, which is written into the examination paper by the writer. The writer cannot be an electrical worker, a person with electrical knowledge, partner or family member and the person nominated must be approved by the Board.

A reader/writer

The reader/writer reads the question to the candidate and the candidate provides the answer that the reader/writer writes in the examination paper. The reader/writer cannot be an electrical worker, a person with electrical knowledge, partner or family member and the person nominated must be approved by the Board.

Candidates entitled to a reader or a writer (or both) may also be entitled to additional time.

Oral examinations

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 writes the answer himself or herself or the examiner writes 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.

Justification for special assistance

  • candidates with a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) or a medical condition that makes examinations difficult should provide supporting documentation from a special needs coordinator (most polytechnics have these) or a medical practitioner in the case of an injury or medical condition
  • candidates for whom English is a second language can be offered the assistance of additional time, a writer or separate facilities. Supporting evidence must be provided
  • candidates who have failed the same examination 2 or more times can be offered the assistance of additional time, a writer or separate facilities. Supporting evidence must be provided.