Every year, dozens of candidates defeat their difficulties, disabilities or other special needs, and they pass the language exam successfully, even with flying colours. Why shouldn’t they? If you indicate your special needs with a valid medical certificate when registering for the exam, you may feel safe, knowing that we will cater for these needs, whether you are dyslexic, hearing- or visually-impaired. As a result, you can work on exam papers with appropriate formatting; you may even qualify for extra time with an individual invigilator, or be able to use your own laptop.
What do you need to receive special treatment?
You can receive any special treatment only if you have handed in a medical or other professional certificate or report together with your registration. But, please, note that we can only organise exams for special needs candidates in a limited number on a first come first served basis. But please apply as early as possible to enable us to make the arrangements for your examination.
What kind of changes in exam procedure can be requested?
From the exam rules:
About candidates with disabilities
- There is an opportunity to take a simplified exam depending on the type and seriousness of the disability. However, the Euroexam Centre considers every case individually. The Euroexam Centre will inform the candidate about the special conditions within 5 working days of registration...
- We cannot consider any disability or other personal difficulty that might have affected the performance of the candidate DURING the exam, if the Euroexam Centre was not been informed of such before the examination…
- A medical note or professional opinion not older than three months handed in together with the registration form is required to consider any special needs. The only exception to this rule is if the note or opinion proclaims a permanent disability or physical status….
What does this mean exactly?
- Changes in exam procedures are determined by the medical opinion described on the certificate you hand in.We will contact every candidate and/or their parents individually about the options.
- Alteration to the exam material for candidates with special needs is based on the advice of medical experts. This is especially important for dyslexic candidates, who can view and work with the tasks more easily this way. Alterations in the examination material could include the following:
- the Question Paper is printed on beige or light yellow paper, so that the contrast between the paper and the text is smaller;
- we use a bigger and more easily legible font for dyslexics;
- bigger line spacing is used, without line justification;
- we prepare the Answer Sheets in a way that in the multiple-choice test that they do not have to follow the lines and indicate the correct answer with an “X”, but can write the chosen letter (A,B,C etc.) in the appropriate box (such an option is not available for the majority of candidates);
- dyslexic candidates get their Picture Story (B2) or presentation data sheet (C1) enlarged to help them better prepare for these Speaking test tasks.
- If needed and suggested by experts, the candidate may write the exam on their own in a separate room, in the presence of a single invigilator. This makes it possible for the dyslexic candidate to work at his or her own pace, and use about 30% more time (depending on candidate’s special needs).
- Even the use of a word processor (without a grammar- and spellcheck programme) may be allowed, if the professional opinion specifically requests this. However, we can only provide this in limited numbers (for a maximum of two candidates in every exam date, based on the order of applications).
Do the examiners know about your special need?
Before announcing the results, we recheck the scores of the Writing / Schreiben test, particularly if there are bigger differences between the scores of the individual tests. We check and evaluate the spelling mistakes in particular, with the help and advice of specialists in such cases. If necessary, the scores may be adjusted as a compensation for the difficulties. Before the Speaking / Sprechen test, the examiners are informed about the candidates with special needs, and they should consider those when evaluating their performance.