DLSS Supports for Exams - On Campus & Online

Students registered with the DLSS who are entitled to Exam supports ( e.g. Extra time, use of a laptop/pc), can have these applied to both on-campus and online exams.

Semester 1 Exams 2022-2023 

There will be exams On-Campus and Online 


Please check your exam timetable carefully, when it is issued, to ensure you know whether you need to sit an exam on-campus or online.


Below is information explaining how exam supports are applied to online exams:



Usual Exam Support

Alternative Support  for Online Exam 

Extra time - 10 mins per hour

If you normally receive Extra time in exams, you will receive this for online timed exams plus the Additional time given to all students.

You will be notified within Loop that you are being allocated Extra Time ( see wording below).

If you do not normally receive Extra time in exams you will not receive this for online timed exams; however, you will get the Additional time which all students are receiving.

The table below provided by the TEU/ISS gives a breakdown of how much time should be added by the lecturer to your online exams. This is based on the fact that a 1-hour exam is now a 1 hour 20 min exam for all students, the extra time for DLSS students was then calculated based on a 1 hour 20 min exam, not a 1-hour exam.


Exam Duration

Additional Time for all Students

Additional Time for Students with Exam Accommodations

Total addition of Time for Students with Exam Accommodations

1 hr

20 mins

14 mins

34 mins

2 hr

30 mins

25 mins

55 mins

3 hr

40 mins

37 mins

77 mins

5 hr( extended)


50 mins

50 mins

8 ( take-away)


80 mins

80 mins


Adding Extra time on Loop -  ISS has automated this for all lecturers.


A message will be displayed on the Loop Exam page confirming if a DLSS student is receiving Extra time for their Loop exam.

Just to confirm that you are officially registered with the disability office as requiring additional time for your exam and as a result, you have been allocated this time for this exam (this is already included in the deadline that is visible to you)

10 minutes additional time per hour or 10 minutes rest break per hour

Rest Breaks - 10 mins per hour

Treated the same as Extra Time - see above.

Dyslexia Guidelines for Lecturers 

These are normally included in the transcript by the invigilator, but we are advising lecturers to download a copy - we also suggest the student attaches a copy. Download available HERE for students with an Spld and for those who are Deaf available HERE


The DLSS will organise this with the student through Zoom.

Please contact us so we can arrange this.


The DLSS will be recommending that the student uses ClaroRead Software, but if not suitable, the DLSS will organise a reader through Zoom.

Please contact us so we can arrange this.

Exam on USB

No action required - exam online.

Scanning Pen / C' Pen

C pens only work on paper so students will not be able to use these in the Online exams. We suggest using ClaroRead software instead, and please contact us if you need assistance.

Smaller Hall/Totally Separate Room

No action required - exam online

Use of Laptop/PC

No action required - exam online

Text to speech- exam on USB

No action required - exam online and the student has access to ClaroRead software. 


As exams will be delivered online and students will be sitting them remotely, the DLSS is not in a position to provide access to certain accommodations provided previously such as: 

  • Special furniture ( e.g. height adjustable desks or chairs)
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones

Tips for Setting Up an Exam Venue at home:

  • Set up the exam room well in advance of the exam starting. Laptop chargers and other charging equipment should be close at hand.
  • Remove as much clutter from the desk area as possible. All unnecessary materials should be placed outside the room for the duration of the examination.
  • Set up lighting to your preference, by locating near a window if you prefer natural light, or setting up in a dark space with lamp lighting.
  • Desks should be placed facing blank walls where possible. This can help reduce visual distraction.