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Exam Access Arrangements

Exam Access Arrangements -Form 8

If you struggle to finish exams on time; have difficulties with handwriting or converting your ideas into the written form; or have trouble understanding written questions, you may need to apply for exam access arrangements.

An assessment is carried out by an educational psychologist or an access arrangements assessor.  A Form 8 will be completed, which school or college will use to apply for any recommended support.  This can include:

  • extra time
  • a word processor
  • a reader
  • a scribe

Many schools request Form 8 assessments, however, from Year 9 onwards an assessment can be requested from us directly which can be submitted to school with their agreement.


What can Form 8 assessments be provided for?

Form 8 assessments are suitable for learners studying:

  • GCSEs
  • A Levels
  • FE courses

What does the assessment include?

  • single word spelling
  • single word reading
  • writing speed and legibility
  • processing speed
  • reading speeding and comprehension

How long is the assessment?

Each assessment takes  around 45-60 minutes.


Who undertakes the assessment?

We provide educational psychologists and access arrangement assessors with Level 7 accreditation to assess your needs for Exam Access Arrangements in accordance with JCQ regulations and guidance.


How much does a Form 8 assessment cost?

For assessment within a 30 mile radius of our Halifax offices, the cost is £90 plus VAT per learner. For locations outside the 30 mile radius the cost is £100 plus VAT per learner.


When do I need a Form 8 assessment?

An Form 8 assessment will be requested through school or college, usually from  Year 9 onwards and can be requested directly from EGS. If you want to study at university, you will need a further assessment.  University guidelines differ greatly from school and 6th Form and a further assessment is recommended to support an application for Disabled Student Allowance.


How do I arrange a Form 8 assessment?

If you would like more information about our services or to arrange a Form 8 assessment, you can contact us by telephone, email or through our website contact form.

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