Special arrangements for exams

Under certain circumstances, HLT is able to make special examination arrangements for students such as offering a different type of examination or making an adaptation to an examination. Such exceptions can be on the grounds of a disability, a specific learning disability (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia), or an ongoing or short-term medical condition.

The purpose of special arrangements is to compensate for the disadvantage the student’s disability or condition brings about, and at the same time ensure that the students, to the greatest possible extent, are tested on equal terms. The special arrangement shall not be so comprehensive that it will entail any advantages compared to other students.

Examples of special examination arrangements include:

  • An extension to the duration of the exam.
  • Provision of a laptop supplied with an English spelling and grammar program.
  • Examiners disregard writing and spelling mistakes for students with dyslexia.
  • The exam assignment can be read out loud to the student at the beginning of a school exam.
  • The normal examination form can be waived. For example, the student takes an oral exam instead of a written exam or vice versa, or a student takes a 3-day take-home exam instead of a school exam.

Special examination arrangements are only granted to students whose application has been approved by the exam administrator. In order to apply for special examination arrangements, students must complete the Special examination arrangements form as well as provide the relevant documentation such as a medical report or other type of formal report.