Introduction To Access Arrangements

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Access Arrangements are agreed before an assessment. They allow candidates with specific needs, such as special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment and show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment.

The intention behind an access arrangement is to meet the particular needs of an individual candidate without affecting the integrity of the assessment.

Access arrangements are the principal way in which awarding bodies comply with the duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

Some examples of access arrangements include:

  • supervised rest breaks
  • extra time
  • a reader
  • a scribe
  • a word processor
  • a prompter
  • a practical assistant
  • coloured overlays
  • coloured/enlarged papers

Invigilators are informed in advance of a candidate’s access arrangements. Details of approved arrangements are included on the exam cover sheet.


This training session does not provide full training on an invigilator’s role in supporting access arrangements.  There is further training available. However, these PDFs are useful resources:

The Roving Invigilator

Where the invigilator additionally acts as a practical assistant, a reader and/or a scribe, a ‘roving’ invigilator will enter the room at regular intervals in order to observe the conducting of the examination, ensuring all relevant rules are being adhered to and supporting the practical assistant/reader and/or scribe in maintaining the integrity of the examination.