DSS Examination Supports

Examination Supports for Disability Support Service (DSS) students









Examination Supports

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

The Disability Support Service will confirm with the Examinations Office which supports (reasonable accommodations) a student is entitled to for their examinations. The Disability Examination Supports Administrator Shane Falvey will then contact the student outlining the procedure to request examination supports from the Examinations Office. DSS Students can contact the Examinations Office by email: ExamsdssCork@mtu.ie or telephone 021 433 5090 / 087 325 8424.

Examination Supports Important Documents:

Examination Supports Information

Examination Supports Guidelines Semester 2 Examinations, May 2022

Reader/Scribe Guidelines

In class/Online assessment supports

Assessments during the semester are primarily the responsibility of Departments and individual Lecturers. The Examinations 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 examinations with only a small amount of reading and writing/typing required. In most cases, the student lets their Lecturer know they are entitled to extra time as detailed on their needs assessment. Once the Lecturer has advance notice, they will be able to organise for the examination 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 in-class/online assessment.

If you feel you may need the support of a reader or scribe for your assessment, you must complete and submit the below form at least 1 week before your assessment date. Where possible arrangements will be made for you, however at peak periods during the year, it may not be possible to accommodate all such requests.


 Assessment Supports Form>>


Please note that due to COVID restrictions arrangements for assessment/examination supports may vary for the course of the 2021-22 Academic Year. Some of the supports available where appropriate may be provided remotely.

Please read the following document on exam supports (reasonable accommodations) for the 2021/22 Academic Year and how these may be facilitated online or on campus:

MTU DSS Examination Supports 2021/22


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


Examination Supports for End of Semester Exams 2021/22

To request supports for Semester 2 Examinations please complete and submit the below form:


  Semester 2 Examination Supports Form>>


It is important that you complete and submit this form by the deadline date indicated to you.


You need to make a request to the Examinations Office by the below dates at the very latest in order to receive examination supports:

Semester 1 Examinations: Friday 19th November 2021
Semester 2 Examinations: Friday 25th March 2022
Autumn (Repeat) Examinations: Friday 15th July 2022


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

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

Repeat/Examinations-Only Students

If you are a student returning to repeat an examination please contact the Examinations Office at ExamsdssCork@mtu.ie  to confirm what supports you feel you will require by the following dates:

Semester 1 Examinations:  Friday 19th November 2021
Semester 2 Examinations:  Friday 25th March 2022
Autumn (Repeat) Examinations:  Friday 15th July 2022


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 to type or a smaller exam centre. Some students may decide to defer their examinations 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 Examinations Office at ExamsdssCork@mtu.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 your examination(s). The medical certificate will need to be emailed to the Examinations Office, email: ExamsdssCork@mtu.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 requiring examination supports such as a reader, scribe, extra time or a separate examination venue must apply to the DSS Office HERE  

SOLAS Phase 4/Phase 6 blocks Dates for applying for MTU (Cork) Exam Supports
September - December 2020 block Friday 29th October 2021
January - March 2021 block Friday 4th February 2022
April - June 2021 block Friday 6th May 2022





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


Cork School of Music (CSM)

If you need examination supports for your end-of-semester examinations that involve taking an examination in a room separate to the main examination venue speak to your lecturer and Email CSM.FullTimeCoursesCork@mtu.ie or Tel: 021 480 7309 with as much notice as possible.


National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

If you are a DSS Student and require examination supports, you should contact Theresa Brien, NMCI Examinations Secretary, Email: theresa.brien@mtu.ie Tel: 021 433 5465 


Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD)

Crawford College of Art and Design students do not usually have official examinations 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 examination supports and see what can be arranged for the examination.