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Exam Supports

As a DSS student you may be entitled to access exam supports, such as extra time, use of a computer to type, use of reading software, or a smaller shared exam room, as part of your DSS supports which are confirmed in your Needs Assessment. The DSS will also inform the Examinations staff in your campus of these supports with your permission.

***Information on accessing exam supports remotely for 2019/20 is here:  ****


End-of-semester exams DSS APPLICATION deadlines

You must apply for supports with the DSS and receive a needs assessment by the dates below in order to request exam supports for end-of-semester (final) timetabled exams. This applies to students in all campuses.


  • Semester 1 exams
Friday 1st November 2019
  • Semester 2 exams 
Friday 20th March 2020
  • August (repeat) exams
 Friday 10th July 2020


  • Students who apply for DSS supports these dates will be accommodated in the next exam session and can still access extra time (if entitled).
  • Apprentices should check the application deadlines on their DSS webpage:
  • Students with temporary disabilities such as broken hands should contact the Examinations staff in their campus directly to see what supports are possible - please see examinations/support

Requesting supports for in-class written assessments

  • Most DSS students sit their in-class written tests/assessments without supports or just extra time in consultation with your lecturer where this is possible. You must give your lecturer at least 1 week’s notice.
  • In Bishopstown campus if you do require supports you must fill out the Online Request form available here with as much notice as possible:
  • The CIT Exams website has information about the exam dates, online exam timetables, appeals, past exam papers. Visit

Exam Supports

For a description of exam supports please see this document: Exam Supports (PDF)


Marking Guidelines for students with reading, writing or spelling difficulties

CIT does not have a spelling and grammar waiver but DSS students can direct their lecturers to these Marking Guidelines for their timed written examinations.

The Marking Guidelines are available to download here.

Please note that the marking guidelines are not appropriate for any continuous assessment work that is submitted by the student, as DSS students are expected to engage with other supports such as proofreading software etc. More information is available here:


Bishopstown campus

Shane Falvey, the Disability Administrator in the Examinations Office, is responsible for organising exam supports for Bishopstown campus DSS students for final exams.

E-mail: Tel. 021 433 5090

There are two kinds of exams in CIT:

  1. End-of-semester exams are final exams which are timetabled by the Exams Office
  2. In-class assessments run by your lecturer/department.

1. Requesting exam supports for end-of-semester exams

If you wish to request exam supports for these exams, such as reading software, use of computer to type, or a smaller/separate room, you must e-mail to request these for each set of exams by the dates below.

Students with extra time only can use this support in main exam venue.

Bishopstown Exam Dates* DSS Exam Support Request Deadline

Semester 1 exams  (13th -21st December 2019)
Friday 8th November 2019

Semester 2 exams (9th - 21st May 2020)
Friday 22nd March 2020
August (repeat) exams (17th - 28th August 2020)
Friday 17th July 2020


*Please note that some students may have other exam dates based on their course/work placement – always check this with your department.


2. Requesting exam supports for in-class written tests

If you wish to use reading software, use of computer to type, or a smaller/separate room for in-class written assessments timetabled by your lecturer/department, you need to fill out the online request form with 1 week’s notice:

If possible, the Exams Office will assist depending on room availability and other resources.


CIT Cork School of Music

Rocky Falzon, CSM administrator, is responsible for organising exam supports for Cork School of Music DSS students.

If you need exam supports for your end-of-semester exams you must e-mail Rocky Falzon to request these with as much notice as possible for each set of exams. Your email must include the details of the time and date of exam(s) and the entitled support(s) being requested.

If you have in-class written tests and you need extra time, a separate room, reader/laptop for these tests, you should speak to your lecturer first well in advance to see what is possible, as sometimes students find extra time is enough.


National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

For students studying the Bachelor Degrees in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, and Marine Electrotechnology, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) is the regulatory body that accredits the associated professional qualifications. Different regulations apply regarding exam supports for students taking NMCI written examinations, for the purpose of attaining these associated professional qualifications (i.e. Certificate of Competency).


The DTTAS Marine Notice No 65 of 2013 outlines the exam accommodations allowed for students with dyslexia:

This includes:

  • 10 minutes per hour extra time allowance and use of use of acetates or tinted film if required.
  • The extra time may be allowed in the main venue or a separate centre – this will be decided by the NMCI.
  • Allowances for spelling errors and composition of passages are also allowed if the meaning of the answer is clear to the examiner.
  • The use of a reader, scribe or laptop is not allowed.

If you apply for exam supports with the DSS, the information is confidential and is sent only to Capt. Sinéad Reen, the NMCI Head of the Department of Maritime Studies,, and the NMCI Examinations Secretary with your permission.

  • Theresa Brien, NMCI Examinations Secretary  Tel: 021 433 5645    E-mail:
  • If you have any questions please contact, in confidence, the DSS or Capt. Sinéad Reen, Tel: 021 433 5612 E-mail:


CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

Crawford College of Art and Design students do not usually have official exams but you may have a test in Art History in first year.

Please speak to your lecturer well in advance if you think you may need any exam supports.