Each year APEAS examines a number of candidates for whom English is an additional language, or who have a physical disability/medical condition or who have a Specific Learning Difficulty. This note has been compiled to provide you with information and advice on sitting the APEAS Part 3 Examination if you have one or more of these special circumstances.
It is important to emphasise that APEAS key principle in examining candidates with special circumstances is to ensure that as far as is practicable they are examined on ‘the same level playing field’ as candidates without such circumstances.
On the APEAS Registration Form candidates are asked to identify if ‘English is an additional language’. Typically between 4 and 12 candidates each year identify English as an additional language.
On the APEAS Registration Form candidates are asked to identify if they have some form of physical disability or medical condition by answering yes to one or both of the following questions:
‘Do you have any specific adjustments which would need to be made to the examination process, such as an accessible venue?’
‘Do you have a medical condition which you believe might affect your performance in the Part 3 Examination?’
On the APEAS Registration form candidates are asked to identify if they have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD. This is the name given to a range of learning difficulties that can severely affect a candidate’s ability to learn. The most widely known SpLD is dyslexia, but others include dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and autism.
Since being established APEAS has had a significant number of candidates who have indicated they have dyslexia by answering yes to the following question:
Do you require adjustments to be made in relation to any learning difficulties, e.g dyslexia?