Alternative ways of presenting answers in an examination
Most students write their examination answers by hand, in answer books. If that is not possible for you, think about which of the available alternatives listed below would be the most suitable and tick the appropriate box or boxes on the request form for examination arrangements.
If you want to use a computer in an examination you'll have to demonstrate that you need to use it because of a disability or health problem that prevents you from writing your answers, and that you know how to use it.
You’ll have to provide the computer, a printer and at least one memory stick to record your answers on. Memory sticks are available from your regional or national centre.
Also you may use only a basic word processing specification, unless we agree beforehand that you can use other software.
Students using a computer either sit their examination in their own home or at their regional or national centre, depending on their circumstances.
You must provide the Brailler and the paper.
You must provide your own software which we have approved for use in examinations.
You can dictate your answers to an amanuensis (or scribe), or record them. Unless you have a strong preferene otherwise, we advise you to use an amanuensis rather than record your answers.
If you think you’re likely to use voice-activitated recognition software or dictation, it’s worth trying to answer a typical examination question beforehand to see how well it works. You could take a question from the specimen examination paper.
Your examination might include a computer-marked section to be answered on a separate form, or a special answer sheet for some questions. So whatever method you use for answering other parts of the paper, you may need a different method for these parts – perhaps an amanuensis. For advice about this, please ask your tutor or the Examinations section at your regional or national centre.
Staff at your regional or national centre can offer more advice about the options described here, and there may be guidance notes they can give you. None of these methods is easy to use, and whichever you choose you may find it slow and tiring. You may be allowed some extra time to compensate for this.
Find out what you need to complete on the request form to request examination arrangements
Download a copy of our booklet Meeting your assessment needs (PDF, 397KB) to help you consider what alternative arrangements you will require for your exam.
For DSA, examination arrangements, and some other financial or equipment schemes you will need to provide written evidence of additional needs. This evidence is usually a diagnostic assessment or medical report but will depend on the individual situation. As this can take a considerable period of time to arrange it is advisable to think about this well in advance.