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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. 

With your permission, the DSS will also inform the Examinations staff in your campus of these supports.

End-of-semester exams DSS registration deadlines

You must be fully registered with the DSS by the dates below in order to request exam supports for end-of-semester (final) timetabled exams. This applies to students in all campuses.


Semester 1 exams Friday 2nd November 2018
Semester 2 exams  Friday 15th March 2019
August (repeat) exams  Friday 5th July 2019


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

For more details, please see the CIT Exams page.  

Requesting supports for in-class written assessments

Most DSS students sit their in-class written tests/assessments without supports or just extra time in consultation with your lecturer where this is possible. You must give your lecturer at least 1 week’s notice.

If you are a Bishopstown campus student who wishes to use reading software, use of computer to type, or a smaller/separate room for inclass written assessments timetabled by your lecturer/department, you need to fill out the online request form with 1 week’s notice:

If possible, the Exams Office will assist depending on room availability and other resources.

The CIT Exams website has information about the exam dates, online exam timetables, appeals, past exam papers. Visit

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 Exams

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

There are two kinds of exams in CIT:

  1. End-of-semester exams are final exams which are timetabled by the Exams Office, and
  2. In-class assessments run by your lecturer/department.

If you wish to request exam supports for these exams, such as reading software, use of computer to type, or a smaller/separate room, you must e-mail Mary O’Sullivan at to request these for each set of exams by the dates below.

Students with extra time only can use this support in the main exam venue.

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

15th – 21st December 2018 and
3rd – 8th January 2019

Friday 9th November 2018

Semester 2 exams
11th - 24th May 2019
Friday 22nd March 2019

 August (repeat) exams
12th - 23rd August 2019
Friday 12th July 2019


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

CIT Cork School of Music

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

If you need exam supports for your end-of-semester exams you must e-mail Rocky Falzon to request these with as much notice as possible for each set of exams. Your email must include the details of the time and date of exam(s) and the entitled support(s) being requested.

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 what 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 sent only to Capt. Sinéad Reen, the NMCI Head of Academic Studies, and the NMCI Examinations Secretary with your permission.

Theresa Brien, NMCI Examinations Secretary
E-mail: Tel. 021 433 5645

If you have any questions please contact, in confidence, the DSS or Capt. Sinéad Reen 
E-mail: Tel. 021 433 5612



CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

CIT 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 any exam supports.


SOLAS Apprentices

Please see this webpage for more details:

Please note that the deadline for applying for SOLAS exam accommodations for 2018/2019 are:

September - December 2018 block  Friday  19th October 2018
January - March 2019 block  Friday 1st February 2019
April - June 2019 block  Friday 26th April 2019


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 -