Assessment Adjustments Assessment Adjustments

Extra time in exams and course tests:

Extra time is defined as additional working time and your adjustment will specify the number of additional minutes to which you are entitled per hour of your exam or course test. 

Extra time is calculated from, and added to, the standard duration of your exam or course test. For example: 

Standard exam/course test duration

Example assessment adjustment

Extra time duration

Amended exam/course test duration incl. extra time

2 hours

Extra time at a rate of 15 minutes per hour

30 mins

2 hours, 30 mins

3 hours

Extra time at a rate of 15 minutes per hour

45 mins

3 hours, 45 mins

2 hours

Extra time at a rate of 30 minutes per hour

1 hour

3 hours

3 hours

Extra time at a rate of 30 minutes per hour

1 hour, 30 mins

4 hours, 30 mins

 

Your exam and course test timetables should reflect your extra time in the assessment duration. If you are concerned that your extra time has been omitted please contact your Learning and Teaching Service Hub.

 

Rest breaks in exams and course tests:

Rest breaks are an allocation of time, in addition to the standard duration of your exam or course test, which may be used to take a break from working. They are not additional working time, for this you would need to seek an adjustment for extra time. 

Rest breaks are offered as an adjustment for a wide variety of reasons and Student Support Services may offer advice specific to your circumstances on beneficial ways to utilise this time. 

Rest breaks are calculated on the standard duration of your exam or course test. For example:

Standard exam/course test duration

Example Assessment adjustment

Rest break allocation

2 hours

Rest breaks of up to 15 minutes per hour

30 mins

3 hours

Rest breaks of up to 15 minutes per hour

45 mins

2 hours

Rest breaks of up to 30 minutes per hour

1 hour

3 hours

Rest breaks of up to 30 minutes per hour

1 hour, 30 mins

 

You may take a rest break at any point during your exam or course test, including in the first 30 or final 15 minutes. Your full allocation of rest break time for an exam or course test is available to you at any point, it is not offered in increments per hour, and how you manage the rest break time available to you is at your discretion. There is no obligation to use your rest breaks or to use your full allocation. 

At the start of your exam or test the invigilator will mark on the board the start and end times of the assessment, omitting your rest break time from the exam or test duration. Your total available allocation of rest break time will be recorded separately on the whiteboard. You should inform the invigilator when you wish to start and end a break by raising your hand. The invigilator will note on the board how much time you take for each break and amend the total amount of time you have remaining to take and your end time accordingly. For example, if your exam or test were due to end at 12:00 and you took a seven minute rest break the invigilator will update your end time to 12:07 and deduct 7 minutes from the rest break time available to you.

Your exam and course test timetables will only reflect the standard duration of the assessment and will not include rest break time within the duration.  

 

Use of a computer:

 

If your assessment adjustment allows for the use of a UEA computer you will be provided with either a laptop or desktop PC.

 

Please note that the University policies on the use of calculators and dictionaries apply where you have the use of a computer and you are responsible for providing your own calculator and/or dictionary from the University approved lists. The use of the computer’s inbuilt or online calculators and dictionaries is not permitted.

 

With the exception of online and Blackboard based exams and course tests, and some open book assessments, the use of the internet is strictly prohibited and access will be restricted. You will be expected to produce your work in Microsoft Word.

 

Use of scribe:

 

A scribe will be allocated to you by the Assessments and Quality Office for each exam and course test. Where possible, every effort will be made to allocate you the same scribe where you have multiple assessments, for example during the main exam series. You should expect to receive the name and contact details of your scribe by email prior to any exam or course test. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to contact your scribe to arrange a time to meet on campus and practice working together before any assessment.

 

Your scribe can write by hand or on a computer, or a combination of the two, and this should be agreed between you and your scribe prior to the examination or course test. Please note, unless your adjustment permits the use of a computer, you will not be allowed to type your own work and may only make simple edits to work typed by your scribe. The definition of simple edits includes amending punctuation and spelling and amending or adding individual words or short phrases, more extended corrections or additions should be dictated to your scribe or written by hand.

 

Your scribe can only transcribe the information which you dictate to them. Please note that grammar and punctuation, such as paragraph breaks, full stops and commas, should be dictated alongside the content of the answers. A scribe may also draw diagrams, maps and graphs according to your instructions, and read back the work they have transcribed.

 

Use of a reader:

 

A reader will be allocated to you by the Assessments and Quality Office for each exam and course test. Where possible, every effort will be made to allocate you the same reader where you have multiple assessments, for example during the main exam series. You should expect to receive the name and contact details of your reader by email prior to any exam or course test. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to contact your reader to arrange a time to meet on campus and practice working together before any assessment.

 

Your reader is permitted to read out any written information provided as part of your exam or course test, for example the exam or test paper, diagrams and answer grids and booklets, as well as reading back any work which you produce. They cannot offer definitions of words or terminology or comment on the content of a paper or your answers. You are responsible for prompting your reader as to what to read and when, and can ask them to re-read information if you require.

 

Use of a scribe and a reader:

 

Where you have an adjustment for the use of a scribe and a reader a single person will fulfil both roles.