Examination Accommodations

The Institute is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities are in no way disadvantaged in their Semester 1, Semester 2 and Supplemental (Repeat) examinations. Specific examination and other assessment arrangements may be made for students because of their disability. The specific arrangements are intended to enable candidates to perform to the best of their ability; they are not intended to give an unfair advantage to the candidate.

Students who have specific needs in regard to examinations / assessments are advised to contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) to arrange appropriate facilities, this should be done as early in the academic year as possible. While there is no deadline set for students who wish to register with the DSS, for logistical reasons, there is a deadline by which students have to have registered with us in order to receive their accommodations for a particular exam session. See "Examination Accommodation Process" below for more information.

While every effort will be made to provide the necessary facilities, it may not be possible to meet all requirements in every case. The Learning Support Officer (LSO) will advise on any evidence / needs assessment which may be required, (e.g. medical and / or psychological evidence) and will liaise with the Head(s) of Department and Examination Officer regarding appropriate examination arrangements.

A range of specific assessment and examination arrangements are available including extra time, the use of a scribe or reader and the use of special equipment. Further details of specific arrangements for students with disabilities can be obtained from the Disability Support Services at 01- 220 5008/ 2205097.

Important: Students who have registered with the DSS and have been granted accommodations for their Semester 1, Semester 2 and Supplemental (Repeat) exams retain their accommodations for the duration of their time at DIT, and do not have to "re-apply" for examination accommodations for each session. Returning students who have been absent from DIT for one year or more, should re-register with the DSS in order to reactivate their examination accommodations.


Examination Accommodation Process

The DSS and the Exams Office have an agreed process for the provision of examination accommodations; a brief summary is below:

  • Student meets with Learning Support Officer, undergoes needs-assessment, registers with DSS and examination accommodations are recommended
  • The DSS adds the students details to the relevant examination accommodations list and sends notification to the relevant School Administrator.
  • The Exams Offices advise the DSS of a deadline for submission of lists of students to receive examination accommodations. The reason for the deadline is so that the Exams Office staff have sufficient notice to arrange separate rooms, invigilators, PC labs and other logistics.
  • This deadline is typically around 4-5 weeks prior to the start of the exams session. 
  • Dates for the Semester 1, Semester 2 and Supplemental (Repeat) exams sessions can be found on the DIT Academic Calendar page of the website and is also shown in the table below.
  • The completed examination accommodations spreadsheets are submitted to the Exams Offices on or before this deadline.
  • The Exams Office proceeds to make any necessary arrangements - this includes booking rooms, arranging staff (and hiring staff where necessary), organising laptops, etc.
  • Students who register after the deadline are not permitted examination accommodations for that exam period. They will be eligible for examination accommodations for future exam periods however.
  • Students who register after the deadline should submit a PC-1 form to the Exams Office within the appropriate timeframe if they feel that their exam performance has been impacted.

Spelling/Grammar Waivers & Language Exams

Important: Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia) are usually granted a spelling/grammar/punctuation waiver for their end of term and end of year exams. However, in cases where the student is being examined on their knowledge of a language itself (e.g. foreign language modules), this waiver will not apply.

Spelling/Grammar Waivers & Continuous Assessments

Important: Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia) are usually granted a spelling/grammar/punctuation waiver for their end of term and end of year exams. These accommodations are typically granted as in a timed exam situation, it can be very challenging for students to spell-check their work. Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation Waivers are not applied to continuous assessment assignments or theses, as students should have sufficient time to proofread and spell-check their work prior to submission.

Important: Separate Rooms/Smaller Venues

DIT's Disability Support Services currently provides supports to over 1,400 students. A significant number of these students may have been allocated the use of a separate room or smaller venue in which to sit their exams at secondary school and/or for the Leaving Certificate.

Due to the large numbers of students registered with the Disability Support Services requiring separate rooms/smaller venues, and the lack of availability of rooms/space, a prioritisation system has been put in place for the allocation of the available separate rooms and smaller venues.

The following arrangements apply:

- Students who have been allocated the use of a scribe or a reader and scribe: Separate Room

- Students who have been allocated the use of a reader only: Smaller Venue

- Students who have been allocated the use of a PC/Computer/Laptop on which to type their exams: Computer Lab where possible, or Smaller Venue otherwise.

NOTE: All students who register with the Disability Support Services sign an Exams Authorisation Form when registering. As per the terms of this form, students who are allocated a separate room/smaller venue for exams, and subsequently do not avail of this support, will have this support removed.

Examination Accommodation Policies

DIT's policies and procedures for the provision of exam supports are informed by the Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) Examinations Guidelines, a copy of which can be downloaded here: DAWN Exam Guidelines

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