DSS Examination Supports

Exam Supports for Students REGISTERED WITH THe Disability Support Service (DSS)












Registering for Exam Supports

Students who have a disability/learning difference or medical condition which means that they will require exams supports/reasonable accommodations such as the use of a computer, reading software, scribe, sign language interpreter, separate room or extra time must register first with the Disability Support Service (DSS). For more information please click HERE.

The Disability Support Service will confirm with the Exams Office which supports (reasonable accommodations) a student is entitled to for their exams. The Disability Exam Supports Administrator Shane Falvey will then contact the student outlining the procedure to register with the Exams Office. Students can contact the Exams Office by email: ExamsDSS@cit.ie or telephone 021 433 5090 / 087 325 8424.


In class/Online assessment supports

Assessments during the semester are primarily the responsibility of the Departments and individual lecturers. The Exams Office will support where possible. 

The majority of students do not request supports for their in-class/online assessments as these can be quite short exams with only a small amount of reading or writing required. In most cases, the student lets their lecturer know they are entitled to extra time via their extra time letter or their needs assessment. Once the lecturer has advance warning, they will be able to organise for the exam to allow for extra time. Students must inform their individual lecturers of their extra time requirements so that they can administer same for the student's online assessment.

If you feel you may need the support of a reader or scribe for your assessment, then you must contact the Exams Office at least 6 working days before your assessment date. Where possible arrangements will be made for you, but at certain very busy times of the year, it may not be possible to accommodate all such requests.

To request supports please email ExamsDSS@cit.ie 

Please note that due to COVID restrictions arrangements for assessment/examination supports will vary for the course of the 2020-21 Academic Year. Many of the supports available where appropriate may be provided remotely.

Please read the following document on exam supports (reasonable accommodations) for the 2020/21 Academic Year and how these may be facilitated online or on campus:

MTU DSS Examination Supports 2020/21


The below link contains information in regards to online exam supports such as reading software:


Exams Office Deadlines for Requesting Exam Supports for End of Semester Exams 2020/21

You need to fully register with the Exams Office by these dates in order to receive exam supports:

Semester 1 Exams: Friday 13th November 2020
Semester 2 Exams: Friday 19th March 2021
Autumn (Repeat) Exams: Friday 9th July 2021


  • Requests after these dates may not be able to be accommodated.
  • You can, of course, still use your extra time entitlement.

Needs Assessment/Extra time letter: Students already registered with the Disability Support Service will receive a copy of their needs assessment. Please keep this as evidence of your extra time entitlement to use at all exams in the current academic year.

For students using extra time letters, you will receive an extra time letter (if eligible) during Semester 1. Please keep the letter to use at all exams in the current academic year. If you lose the letter, please e-mail ExamsDSS@cit.ie  with your name and student number.


Repeat/Exams-Only Students

If you are a student returning to repeat an exam please contact the Exams Office at ExamsDSS@cit.ie  to confirm what supports you feel you will require by the following dates:

Semester 1 Exams:  Friday 13th November 2020
Semester 2 Exams:  Friday 19th March 2021
Autumn (Repeat) Exams:  Friday 9th July 2021


Temporary Injuries/Illnesses

Students with injuries such as a broken hand or unexpected illness may wish to explore options such as extra time, rest breaks, use of a computer or a smaller center. Some students may decide to defer their exams until they have recovered fully. For further information on deferring please click HERE.   

If you find yourself in the above situation and you wish to avail of examination supports, you should contact your Department immediately and also email the Exams Office at ExamsDSS@cit.ie for guidance. 

You must provide medical evidence of your injury and your medical certificate will also need to state that you are fit to sit the exam. The medical certificate will need to be emailed to the Examinations Office, email: ExamsDSS@cit.ie

Please note provision of supports is dependent on your needs and the resources available. It may not be possible to provide accommodations at certain peak examination times, when resources are already fully utilised. It is important that you speak to your Department about your situation as your continuous assessments may also be affected.

Solas Apprentices

SOLAS Apprentices looking for exam supports such as a reader, scribe, extra time or a separate room must register with the DSS Office HERE  

SOLAS Phase 4/6 blocks Dates for applying for CIT Exam Supports
September - December 2020 block Friday 23rd October 2020
January - March 2021 block Friday 29th January 2021
April - June 2021 block Friday 30th April 2021





Please contact Louise Griffin-Dunphy in the Exams Office for general apprentice queries, Email: apprentices@cit.ie Tel: 021 433 5048


Cork School of Music (CSM)

If you need exam supports for your end-of-semester exams that involve taking an exam in a room separate to the main exam venue speak to your lecturer and contact Rocky Falzon, Email:  rocky.falzon@cit.ie Tel: 021 480 7309 with as much notice as possible.


National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

If you are registered with the DSS for exam supports, you should contact Theresa Brien, NMCI Examinations Secretary, Email: theresa.brien@cit.ie Tel: 021 433 5465 


Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD)

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 exam supports and see what can be arranged for the exam.