Exams Support

Information on Examinations

DCU is committed to ensuring that students with a disability are not disadvantaged in examinations. Reasonable alternative examination arrangements may be made for students because of their disability and are made on an individual basis.

You are advised to read the DCU examination procedures and regulations as all exams, including disability supported examinations, adhere to these regulations.

You must register with the Disability & Learning Support Service to receive examination supports.

Support Types

The Disability and Learning Support Service (DLSS) submit requests to Registry who co-ordinate examination supports.

A range of facilities at examination time including:

  • extra time allowance
  • rest periods
  • announcements
  • smaller examination centres
  • physical space
  • accessible toilets
  • use of a computer or assistive technology.
  • Dyslexia Guidelines ( Waiver)


Applying for exam support

The deadline for Semester 2 is March 16th 2022


Important Information 


Once the Registry publish the examination timetable it will be available to view on your portal page.  All timetabling queries should be directed to registry.

  • Examination Accommodations

For first time registrants with the Service, your accommodations will have been agreed at your initial registration meeting with the Disability Officer. For returning students, your accommodations have been rolled over from your previous sitting. The only exception would be if you have since spoken to the Disability Officer and agreed any changes.

  • Students with a Specific Learning Disability

    For students with specific learning difficulties, please remember to write "Student with Dyslexia" on the front of your booklet.  The invigilator will then provide you with a copy of the "Guidelines for Lecturers" which you will put into your exam paper when you hand it in at the end of the exam. 

  • Students requiring additional supports, such as a Scribe or a Reader

    A support worker will be assigned to you. They will meet you at your exam venue, and at least 15 minutes earlier than the start time of your exam.
    You are advised to read the Roles and Responsibilities of a Scribe or a Reader in an examination situation, in accordance with the general guidelines set out in The Education Support Worker Handbook

  • Students using the Computer Facilities or a Laptop for exams

    Your examinations venue will be listed on your examination timetable.
    If you have been assigned the use of a laptop for your examinations, it will be provided for you at the examinations venue, along with the appropriate software or equipment needed.

    Please note that in some exams, the use of a laptop may not be permitted by your school, for example, the following modules JA110, JA121, JA267 and JA240 require the student to write in Japanese. A meeting between the student, faculty and the disability officer will take place to find reasonable accommodation that suits all parties.

    If you are using JAWS, Dragon, ClaroRead or any other Software(s), please contact the Assistive Technology (AT) Officer in the ISS Department: Mary McGovern Email: assistive.technology@dcu.ie  Tel: 01 7005091.


  • Students dictating their exam using a digital recorder

    This will be provided for you at the venue. Please contact the AT Officer (details above) for training with the device if you have not received training during the academic year.