Access Arrangements

Why some students may need access arrangements

There are a number of reasons why students may need Access Arrangements. Some students may:

  • struggle to finish exams on time;
  • have handwriting difficulties;
  • struggle to understand written questions.

What are the most common types of Access Arrangements?

On the JCQ website is a full list of access arrangements.

Some of the more common arrangements are:

  • a word processor;
  • a computer reader/reader;
  • a scribe;
  • extra time.

What is covered during the Form 8 assessment process?

The assessment process can take approximately 1-1.30 hours and will include the assessment of:

  • single word reading;
  • single word spelling;
  • reading comprehension;
  • writing legibility/ speed;
  • cognitive processing.

Which sections of the JCQ Form 8 are completed?

The JCQ Form 8 sections A and B of the form are completed by the SENCO (in school); section C is completed by our specialist assessor.

Section A

Section A is used to provide:
A pen picture of the candidate’s history of difficulties.
Feedback from teachers on how pupils difficulties impact on teaching and learning.
Details of pupil’s normal way of working and how it relates to the arrangements that are being applied for.

Section B

Completed by the SENCO, or the assessor working within the centre, after the candidate has been assessed.

Section C

Section C is completed by the specialist assessor who assesses:

  • single word reading;
  • single word spelling;
  • reading comprehension and reading speed;
  • writing accuracy and legibility;
  • writing speed;
  • cognitive processing.

Appointments for Access Arrangements are available daily and in the evenings.