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Examination Supports

As a DSS registered student you may be entitled to access exam supports, such as extra time, use of a computer, use of reading software, or a smaller shared exam centre, as part of your DSS supports which are confirmed in your DSS Needs Assessment meeting. The Disability Support Service will also inform the Examinations staff in your campus of these supports with your permission.

End-of-semester exams registration deadlines

In order to receive exam supports for end-of-semester exams, you must register fully with the DSS (includes going to a meeting) by these dates. This applies to all students in all campuses:


Semester 1 exams Friday 27th October 2017
Semester 2 exams  Friday 16th March 2018
August (repeat) exams  Friday 6th July 2018


Students who register with the DSS after these dates will be accommodated in the next exam session.

Students with temporary disabilities such as broken hands should contact the Examinations staff in their campus directly to see what supports are possible - please see


In-class written assessments

Assessments during semester are the responsibility of the Departments and lecturers. The Exams Office dose assist where possible but have limited time and resources to do so.

Many students do not request supports for their in class assessments as these can be quite short tests with only a small amount of reading or writing required. In most cases, the student lets their lecturer know they are entitled to extra time via their extra time letter or their needs assessment. Once the lecturer has advance warning, they will organise the exam to allow for extra time. 


If you feel you need the support of your reader or scribe for your assessment, then you must contact the Exams Office at least 1 week before your assessment date. Where possible arrangements will be made for you, but at certain very busy times of the year, it may not be possible to accommodate all such requests.

To request exam supports for inclass tests - please fill out the request form available on the Exams website:

Exam Supports

For a description of exam supports please see this document: Exam Supports (PDF)


Marking Guidelines for students with reading, writing or spelling difficulties

CIT does not have a spelling and grammar waiver but registered DSS students can direct their lecturers to these Marking Guidelines for their timed written examinations.

The Marking Guidelines are available to download here.

Please note that the marking guidelines are not appropriate for any continuous assessment work that is submitted by the student, as DSS students are expected to engage with other supports such as proofreading software etc - more information is available here:



Bishopstown campus

The Examinations Office has a dedicated Disability Administrator based in the Melbourn Building who makes the arrangements for DSS students taking exams in the Bishopstown campus.

Disability Administrator: Mary O'Sullivan E-mail: Tel: 021 433 5090

The CIT Exams website has information about the exam dates, appeals, past exam papers, and access to online timetables:


Requesting exam supports for end-of-semester exams

Students taking end-of-semester exams in Bishopstown and who wish to use exam supports that involve sitting an exam in a venue other than the main exam hall must e-mail the Disability Administrator in the Exams Office at by these dates for each set of exams:

Bishopstown Exam Dates* DSS Exam Support Request Deadline
Semester 1 exams 9 December 2017 – 5 January 2018 Friday 3rd November 2017
Semester 2 exams 12 - 25 May 2018 Friday 23rd March 2018
 August (repeat) exams 13 - 24 August 2018 Friday 13th July 2018


*Please note that some students may have other exam dates based on their course/work placement – always check this with your department.


Cork School of Music

Rocky Falzon, one of the CSM administrators, is responsible for organising exam supports for Cork School of Music students.  E-mail: Tel: 021 480 7309

If you need exam supports for your end-of-semester exams that involve taking an exam in a room separate to the main exam venue you should email Rocky to request exam supports with as much notice as possible.

If you have in-class written tests and you need extra time, a separate room, reader/laptop for these tests, you should speak to your lecturer first well in advance to see if it is possible, as sometimes students find extra time is enough.


National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

For students studying the Bachelor Degrees in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering, the Department of Transport is the body that accredits your professional licence and they have different regulations regarding which exam supports are allowed in the exams if you wish to gain your professional licence.

The Department of Transport Marine Notice No 65 of 2013 outlines the exam accommodations allowed for students with dyslexia:  

This includes:

  • 10 minutes per hour extra time allowance and use of tinted overlays.
  • The extra time may be allowed in the main venue or a separate centre – this will be decided by the NMCI.
  • Allowances for spelling errors and composition of passages are also allowed if the meaning of the answer is clear.
  • The use of a reader, scribe or laptop is not allowed.

If you register with the DSS for exam supports, the information is confidential and is only sent to the Head of Academic Studies and Examinations Secretary in the NMCI with your permission. Theresa Brien, NMCI Examinations Secretary, Tel: 021 433 5465 E-mail:

Please speak to the DSS if you have any questions about this information–


Crawford College of Art and Design

Crawford College of Art and Design students do not usually have official exams but you may have a test in Art History in first year. Please speak to your lecturer well in advance if you think you may need exam supports and see what can be arranged for the test.


SOLAS Apprentices

Please see this webpage for more details:

Please note that the deadline for applying for SOLAS exam accommodations for 2017/18 are:

September - December 2017 block  Friday  27th October 2017
January - March 2018 block  Friday 9th February 2018
April - June 2018 block  Friday 4th May 2018


Please email the DSS for a copy of the Registration form for your block and follow the instructions on the form in order to register for exam supports -