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Before you apply for special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem which may lead to a significant disadvantage in an examination situation, you may apply for special examination arrangements.

Who can apply?

All students who have a disability or a health problem which may lead to a significant disadvantage in an examination situation may apply for special examination arrangements.

Application procedure

The decision to grant individual special examination arrangements is determined by the faculty’s examination officers based on the student’s application, doctor / consultant evaluations, provisions in applicable laws and directives, and may also include academic considerations.

The special examination arrangement(s) that are granted compensate for the disadvantages a disability presents in an examination situation. Special examination arrangements must not be so extensive that they provides an advantage in relation to other students, and furthermore cannot lead to a reduction in the examination’s academic level and requirements.

The special examination arrangements that are granted must be sufficient, but may not be optimal according to an applicant’s own wishes or self-evaluation.

What can you apply for?

Extra time

Extended exam time that can be used to answer the assignment. Granted as needed.

Extra time for rest or breastfeeding

Rest time
Extra time that can be used to rest during the exam. Rest time cannot be used to answer exam questions and can only be used for the purpose it has been granted.

Extra time for breastfeeding
Extra time that can be used to breastfeed during the exam. Extra time cannot be used to answer exam questions and can only be used for the purpose it has been granted.

Assistive technology

University of Oslo offers the following programs.

What Description
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Speech to text program without glossary. Text is dictated using a microphone and the text is written down automatically. If you have used the program before, you will have a personal user profile with your pronunciation so that the program displays the correct words on the screen when dictating. Available in English only.

Infovox4

Speech synthesis that reads text on screen. Speech synthesis is software that decodes digital text and reads it aloud. Relevant to use when dyslexics have a foreign language exam, but cannot use a glossary. Available in all languages.

Lingdys4

A reading and writing tool designed to help people with dyslexia or other forms of reading and writing difficulties. Contains glossary in English, Norwegian and English. Speech synthesis for written text. Speech synthesis is software that decodes digital text and reads it aloud. Lingdys4 also contains Lingright (English glossary and synthetic speech).

MS Word Correction and writing program for candidates where the correction program in Inspera is not sufficient.
Textpilot 3 Pluss

A reading and writing tool designed to help people with dyslexia or other forms of reading and writing difficulties. Contains glossary in English, Norwegian and English. Speech to read written text.

Windows Magnifier Built-in magnifier in Windows 10. Enlarge part or all of the screen so you can see the words and pictures better.
ZoomText Magnifying the screen and reading text on the screen. Used mainly by the visually-impaired.

Assistive equipment

University of Oslo offers the following assistive equipment.

Equipment
Table lamp with dimmer
Evoluent Vertical Mouse
Ergonomic Mouse
Foot stool
Adjustable height desk
Wrist support
Mousetrapper
Mousepad with wrist support
Screen wall
Adjustable chair
Forearm support
Dictaphone
Ergonomic keyboard
Reading-TV
Illuminated magnifier
Adjustable LED lamp
Roller mouse

Smaller examination room / private seating

University of Oslo also offers smaller examination room and / or private seating.

What Description
Screening in regular examination room Screen wall on each side of the space to reduce noise and interference.
Smaller examination room Smaller examination room (room 4C) with 12 seats.
Single room Single room with adjustable height desk.

Scribe or reader in examinations

Reader can be applied for in cases where help is needed to read all or part of the examination paper / answer out loud during the examination.

Scribe in examinations can be applied for in cases where help is needed to write the exam paper on the exam.

In the case of an oral examination

In the case of an oral examination, other facilitation measures are considered. If you need special examination arrangements for an oral exam, specify the type of arrangement you are applying for in free text under «Other» in the application form for special examination arrangements.