This guide is aimed at supporting academic staff to implement a student’s exam adjustments according to their Equitable Learning Plan (ELP) to suit the new online delivery.
This document is not an exhaustive list. There may be changes to exam delivery that the following descriptions do not address. Each students’ needs vary according to their personal circumstances and may need to be considered. If clarification is needed, please contact ELS directly so we can assist you in adapting appropriate adjustments.
* Please note that reference to home-based exams may not be articulated in a students’ ELP, however, all adjustments for formal and faculty-run exams are applicable to the home-based exams in the context of COVID-19.
|Type of Exam||Instructions for academic staff|
Home Exams – 24 hours
A formal/faculty-run exam taken at home within a scheduled 24-hour period.
Where a student can use the 24-hour period at their discretion (I.e. they can use all 24hrs to complete if necessary) no extension is required as the added time is incorporated into this 24-hour period.
Note: there may be some cases which may warrant extra time beyond the 24-hours e.g. where the task demands have significantly increased. Please liaise with an Equitable Learning Adviser for assistance.
Home Exam – Timed (4hrs or less)
A formal/faculty-run taken at home within a set time of 4 hours or less.
For timed take-home exams 4hrs or less – apply the Time Extension per hour (pro-rata) as outlined in the student’s ELP for Formal/Faculty-run exams.
3 hrs exam with 15mins per hour (pro-rata) = 3hrs 45mins
|Take-home Exam - Untimed||
Additional time for take home exams of up to 14 days.
Where 14 days or less is given for a take-home exam, the extra time allowance should be 25% of the standard time allowed to the nearest full day.
E.g. 25% of 5 days= 1.25 days (or to the nearest full day = 1-day extra time).N.B. Where more than 14 days is given, no extra time is recommended.
Short faculty-run exams or class quiz
Extra time on the exam should be adjusted to a pro-rata amount of extra time according to the extra time the student receives on Formal/Faculty-run exams.
E.g. For a 30min quiz, if a student usually has 15 minutes per hour extra time, they will then be eligible for 7.5 minutes extra time.
The following list of adjustments remain unchanged for online/at-home exam delivery. The Exams Team will implement these in collaboration with ELS and relevant Faculties/Schools. Please refer to the student’s ELP for detailed descriptions.
- Alternative Format
- Assistive Technology
- Exam Frequency
- Exam Reader/Scribe
- Spelling & Grammar
- Split Exams
- Alternative Assessment