Exam access arrangements

You are entitled to exam access arrangements if you have a documented need for this and they do not conflict with academic requirements.

Use the online form when applying for exam access arrangements.

Exam access arrangements  

Exam access arrangements are intended to compensate for various difficulties so that you can take the exam on an equal footing with other students to the greatest extent possible. This may apply to chronic and temporary illnesses, injuries or disabilities.

Conditions qualifying students for access arrangements include the following:

·  Sight or hearing impairment

·  Functional impairment 

·  Reading and writing problems

·  Psychosocial problems

·  Mental health problems

·  Chronic or acute illness

Individual assessment

Exam access arrangements are assessed on an individual basis. This means that the arrangements are tailored to the person and situation, and will also be based on important academic considerations.

Examples of access arrangements:

·  Extra time for the examination*

·  Use of a computer

·  Using pen and paper

·  Information to the examiner about reading and writing difficulties

·  Speech and spelling checks

·  Other access arrangements

*Refer to the normative parameters for extra time at the bottom of the page

Documentation requirements

·  You must be able to document the need for exam access arrangements. This must be documented by a medical certificate or a certificate from other professionals. Examples of approved documentation include a medical certificate from a doctor, psychologist or physiotherapist, or from the Educational and Psychological Counselling Service (PPT)

·  Make sure that the certificate is no more than three months old and that the period of validity is clearly stated. Exceptions may be made from this 3-month period in the case of chronic conditions, and you are not therefore required to submit a new certificate for each exam period.

·  The documentation must clarify which specific aids are recommended to enable the student to complete the exam.

·  Do not send sensitive information by email. You should submit the documentation along with the online form when you apply for access arrangements, or send it via digipost.

The deadlines for applying for exam access arrangements are: 

15 September for the autumn semester and 15 February for the spring semester.

If the student’s need for access arrangements has arisen after the application deadline, NLA University College can make an exception from the deadline. In such cases, please send the application as soon as possible without undue delay, and attach documentation showing that the need arose after the original deadline.

Useful links for access arrangements:

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)

Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille

Dyslexia Norway 

Mental health – Studies with support


Normative parameters for extra time

Written on-campus exams:

·  15 minutes for exams lasting up to two hours

·  30 minutes for exams lasting up to four hours

·  45 minutes for exams lasting up to 6 hours

·  60 minutes for exams lasting more than 6 hours

Take-home exams:

·  60 minutes for a 1-day take-home exam (up to 8 hours)

·  2 hours for a 1-day take-home exam (8-24 hours)

·  4 hours for a 2-day take-home exam (48 hours)

·  6 hours for a 3‒5 day take-home exam (120 hours)

·  24 hours for a 6-day or longer take-home exam

·  Option of up to 48 hours for a take-home exam/submission of an assignment over 7 days or more