Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Counselling and Disability Service

Exam Support

Adjustments for exams

We recognise that examinations can be tough and stressful, and for some students this requires extra preparation and consideration. Examination support is in place to help ensure you can demonstrate your true academic potential alongside your non-disabled peers.

If you have some examination support in place already (which we call ‘examination adjustments’), this webpage will tell you more about how these will work for you. If you feel you need additional or different examination support, please contact your Disability/Mental Health Advisor who can talk this through with you.

If you are unsure about what examination support you have in place, you can check via your self-service page here.

What are adjustments?

We use the term ‘adjustments’ to mean different ways the exam can be made more accessible for you. Adjustments are agreed between you and your Disability/Mental Health Advisor, who then pass the information to the examinations office. Some examples of exam adjustments include:

  • Additional time
  • Rest breaks
  • Permission for personal belongings e.g. medication
  • Smaller (sometimes individual rooms) where you can sit your exam
  • Adapted print media e.g. enlarged font size.

The exam venues

The main exam venue for all students is the Dan Maskell Tennis Centre. However, it is likely you will sit in a different venue which can cater for your adjustments.

Your exam timetable will be released at least 7 weeks before exams start. Venues will then be confirmed a few weeks before your exams so don’t worry if your timetable doesn’t have a venue on it to start with, all the information will come on Learn for you to see.

Sitting in the Brockington Building

Brockington is usually for students who have extra time in place, and/or use of a computer. You will be told which room to go in Brockington when the venue/seats are published on Learn.

Sitting in the Wavy Top Building 

Wavy Top is usually for students who have other adjustments including rest breaks, readers, scribes and those who need to sit in small rooms (including individual ones). You will be told if you are sitting in Wavy Top when the venue/seats are published on Learn. We will also contact you to confirm your examination adjustments.

Click here for a video tells you more about what you can expect in the Wavy Top building.

Sitting in your School

Students sitting their exam in a room within their School will be contacted by their School Administrator. You will be asked to confirm your examination adjustments and be told which room has been set up for you.

Guidance on rest breaks

  • Rest breaks can be considered as pauses in the exam when the exam paper will be turned over.
  • You can use as much or as little out of your rest break time (30 minutes for most students) as you wish at one time e.g. 1 break of 30 minutes, 3 of 10 minutes, 6 of 5 minutes etc.
  • Rest breaks can be taken at any time including within the first 30 minutes of the exam.
  • If you do not need to use any of the break time on the day, you may continue to work through.
  • To take a break, raise your hand to alert the invigilator, who will accompany you to the rest break area/toilet. You must not talk about work or the examination during your rest break.

Guidance on using a computer

  • You will have access to Microsoft Word for typing your exam.
  • You can change the background screen colour should you need via: Word - Design - Page Colour - select colour (We recommend you familiarise yourself with this process before the exam if you are intending to use it).
  • If you are doing a multiple-choice exam, you can still type your answers.
  • You will also be provided with a paper answer booklet for the option of writing any answers should you wish.

 Guidance on printing your script

  1. Use your login in the usual way.
  2. Regularly save your work throughout the exam (you may be given a USB stick for this).
  3. Your invigilator will advise you how to print your script after the exam has finished.
  4. Logging out of your computer will delete your exam from the system.

Exam regulations and protocols

Remember you need to arrive in the room ideally 10 minutes before your exam starts.

You won’t be allowed entry if you are more than 30 minutes late. If you are late, your exam will still finish at the arranged time.

Exam regulations apply to exams irrespective of location. Click here to see the University guidance.


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‌Disability Office

01509 222770

Counselling Service

01509 222148

Mental Health Team

01509 228338

Assessment Centre

02476 426146



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