What kind of exams get extra time? What can you do if you think you've not been given the extra time you're eligible for? What exam mitigations are there? Find the info here:
We've had lots of questions about who is eligible for extra time, and what to do if you haven't received the correct extra time - check out the images below to find out the details!
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1. Extra time for exams?
Cambridge SU Disabled Students' Campaign. Lots of information about extra time has been very unclear. Here's what you need to know. Info has been taken from: CambridgeStudents.cam.ac.uk -> Your course -> Exams If your exam is under 24 hours: You may need to calculate your own extra time and take it on top of what your timetable says, examples on the next image. "Personal timetables do not include any extra time awarded as an exam access arrangements, so end times will need to be calculated on an individual basis" (Source: Exams -> Guide 2020/21 page 12) If your exam is 24 hours or more: Extra time is not given by default, because it's expected that you can fit your extra time into the 24+ hours. You can apply for an Exam Allowance if your exam has been affected by medical or grave cause. (Source: Exams -> Mitigation)
2. Extra time: How much?
These examples were given to tutorial offices by the university - check with your tutorial office if you're unsure about what you are entitled to
Exam window: 3 hours
25 % extra time: 45 minutes
10 minutes per hour rest: 30 minutes
Total exam time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Exam window: 6 hours
25% extra time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total exam time: 7.5 hours
Exam window: 6 hours
25 % extra time: 1 hour 30 minutes
10 minutes per hour rest: 1 hour
Total exam time: 8.5 hours
3. Information on exams?
If your faculty or college have given misleading information:
Let them know that the info is unclear or misleading, and ask them to clarify it, as they may not realise that there is a problem. You can do this directly yourself, or via an elected rep if you prefer, who can also help to distribute corrected information if necessary.
If you have already taken an exam with the wrong timing:
Your tutor can submit an Exam Warning and/or request an Exam Review and/or Exam Allowance on your behalf (see next page for explanation!). You can speak to your tutor, to your senior tutor or to an advisor at the Student Advice Service to discuss your options.
(Source and more info: Exams -> Mitigation)
If this post is unclear somehow:
Contact the Disabled Students' Campaign via social media and we can make our information clearer.
4. Exam warnings, reviews & allowances?
This is an early marker that your College attach to your record to something has happened and can be referenced later on if further support is needed, such as an exam allowance. Warnings can be submitted at any point throughout the assessment period and normally no later than the last day of your examination.
Examination Review and Representations to Examiners
Exam reviews and Representations to Examiners are where a procedural irregularity has occurred during your exam, or there is a perception of bias or withdrawal of academic provision that affected your exam outcome.
Exam allowances can be applied for where your exams were affected by medical or grave cause. Applications for an allowance should be made as soon as possible, and no later than 3 months from publication of your examination results.
Speak to your tutor as soon as you can if you think one of these options may be suitable for you, as some options may have a time limit. If you would like additional advice or would like to discuss it with someone who is not your tutor you should also speak to the senior tutor or to the Student Advice Service.
Sources and more info
CambridgeStudents.cam.ac.uk -> Your course -> Exams - via this page you can access the Guide to Exams 2020/21 and the page on Mitigations
Student Advice Service
Student Advice Service advice on Exams