Exam Supports

As a DSS student you may be entitled to access exam supports (reasonable accommodations), 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.

Please note that a student's exam supports are confirmed in their needs assessment document. These may differ from those received previously in school or college. We advocate the use of technology in exams such as reading software and typing (instead of a reader/scribe) to promote independent skills and learning.


exam supports

In 2021/22 students will take tests, quizzes or exams online such as open book exams usually through Canvas, as well as tests/exams facilitated on campus.

Please read the following document on exam supports in 2021/22 and how these may be facilitated online or on campus - but always check with the Exams staff for each campus on the procedures for requesting exam supports.

MTU DSS Examination Supports 2021/22 (4 November 2021 version) (PDF - 159KB)


There may be different procedures for requesting exams supports either directly from your lecturer or from Examinations staff - please check your MTU student e-mail for the most up-to-date information. These are some general guidelines for requesting supports:

  • Extra time – It is important to inform your lecturer in advance using your Needs Assessment to request extra time or rest breaks (at least 1 week’s notice) or apply by the deadlines outlined in any emails.
  • Assistive technology – If you are entitled to use assistive technology in exams such as reading software – you should download and practice using this in advance of any test or exam. Please use the Accessibility Tools document prepared by Mark Burleigh, Assistive Technology Officer. If you have any questions about the links or software please email mark.burleigh@mtu.ie
  • MTU Remote learning/Canvas information


ON CAMPUS 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 12 November 2021
  • Semester 2 exams 
Friday 18 March 2022
  • August (repeat) exams
 Friday 8 July 2022


  • Students who apply for DSS supports these dates will be accommodated in the next exam session and can still access extra time (if entitled).
  • Craft apprentices should check the application deadlines on their DSS webpage: www.mycit.ie/dss-apprentices
  • 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
  • For a description of exam supports, please see this document: Exam Supports (PDF)


Marking Guidelines for students with reading, writing or spelling difficulties

MTU Cork campus 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.



  • 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 for in-class tests on campus you must fill out the Online Request form with as much notice as possible on the Exams Support webpage.
  • The MTU Cork Examinations website has information about the exam dates, online exam timetables, appeals, past exam papers.


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 and assessments. E-mail: examsdssCork@mtu.ie Tel. 021 433 5090

There are generally two kinds of exams in MTU Cork:

  1. End-of-semester exams are final exams which are timetabled by the Examinations 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 examsdssCork@mtu.ie to request these. Students with extra time only can use this support in main exam venue.


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 on the Exams Support webpage.

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


CIT Cork School of Music

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 Email CSM.FullTimeCoursesCork@mtu.ie or Tel: 021 480 7309 with as much notice as possible.

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 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: theresa.brien@mtu.ie
  • If you have any questions please contact, in confidence, the DSS or Capt. Sinéad Reen, Tel: 021 433 5612 E-mail: sinead.reen@mtu.ie


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.