Services for Students

Alternative examination arrangements

Alternative examination arrangements (AEAs) are part of a Support Plan.  For examination arrangements to be put in place we require appropriate supporting evidence.  Once in place, they will be maintained throughout your time at the University but can be reviewed and updated as necessary.

Reasonable adjustments in exams can include:

  • Additional time 
  • Room adjustments 
  • Use of a computer
  • Adjustments to the format of exam papers
  • Support workers (scribes or readers)

These examination adjustments, when approved by Disability Support Services, may not be relevant for all the assessments you take during your time at University.  Please speak to the relevant person in your School/Department prior to any timed assessments to verify the accommodations that are in place. 

If you move from an undergraduate to a postgraduate course please contact us to confirm you still require the same arrangements. 

Please contact us as soon as you become aware you need support.  Do not wait till the published deadline dates below.

If my Support Plan is approved, when will my alternative arrangements go live?

If you apply for your Support Plan between these dates:For this examination window:Your alternative exam arrangements commence on: 

1 July 2023 - 6 November 2023 (4pm deadline)

 Autumn Semester Exams

 15 January 2024

7 November 2023 - 1 March 2024 (12 noon deadline)

 Spring Semester Exams

 20 May 2024

2 March 2024 - 28 June 2024 (12 noon deadline)

 Summer Reassessments

 12 August 2024



I have exams that are centrally timetabled term-time examinations but my support plan was accepted after the application deadline – can I have my alternative arrangements?

Unfortunately, we have three dates where your accommodations are implemented from (in line with the three main examination periods).

For example: Jo applies for a support plan on the 5 September, and has a centrally scheduled ExamSys exam on the 30 October. They are unable to have their accommodations added for this examination, however, the accommodations will be in place for Jo’s exam on the 16 January.

We are unable to add accommodations on an ad-hoc basis. Should you be in this situation, you can raise an Extenuating Circumstances claim.



To set up your Support Plan now please follow these instructions

For the main University Assessment and Examinations information, click here.

Further information on exam procedures and adjustments for students with a disability or long term medcial condition can be viewed in the University of Nottingham's Quality Manual. 

Please note that exam stress, anxiety, panic or nerves are experienced by many students and these are not normally a sufficient reason to provide reasonable adjustments.  If you are feeling particularly anxious you can view the Counselling Services' selfhelp resources which include exam anxiety

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