Special examination arrangements



Forms for special examination arrangements

​BI can offer a variety of special arrangements for examinations

Forms of arrangements:
Extended time for examination
Use of a PC
Using a PC with
Lingdys/Lingright (for dyslectics)
Furniture and other special equipment
Interpreter / assistant
Other forms for arrangements

Stickers when reading and writing difficulties
Special arrangements regarding the examination
Postponed examination for students due to give birth during the examination period

Extended time for examination

In one - 1 - and two - 2 - hours examinations: 15 additional minutes
In three - 3 - hour examinations: 30 additional minutes 
In four - 4 - hour examinations: 45 additional minutes 

In five and six - 5 and 6 - hour examinations: 60 additional minutes 

No extended time is given for home examinations, academic assignments or project work.

Please note that candidates who have been granted extended time for their examinations normally will be seated at allocated seats in the same examination locations as other candidates. This may result in some noise when the ordinary examination period has expired

Use of a PC

You may be able to apply for permission to use a PC during written school examinations. This is particularly an option for candidates with reading and writing difficulties and candidates with physical impairments making handwriting difficult (fibromas of the tendon sheaths and other physical disabilities).

Please be aware that using a PC is not suitable for all types of examinations, and that an application form has to be filled in accurately with regard to this. It is for example not possible to use a PC in multiple-choice examinations, and not very purposeful in examination forms where the main emphasis is on numerical models or numerous models.

In specially adapted circumstances where a PC is used as a support material BI Norwegian Business School will provide the necessary equipment. The use of the Internet or an Excel programme is not permitted, only Word (word processing) if nothing else is stipulated. Any attempt to use programmes other than Word, or to use your own previously saved documents will be considered as an attempt of academic misconduct.

It is the candidate’s own responsibility to get familiar with the necessary functions on the PC, such as storing documents, spell check, and so on. Contact your nearest study location for more information about the practical implementation.

Using a PC makes it obligatory to sit the examination at one of BI’s study locations.

Using a PC with Lingdys/Lingright (for dyslectics)

Students who apply for special examination arrangements and can provide documentation that they are dyslexic, may use a PC with the adaptive tool Lingdys/Lingright (a writing support programme). Lingdys is used for Norwegian exams, and Lingright for English exams. 

Both programmes are available on the pc student is handed on the exam. The programme includes word prediction, dictionary and speech synthesis. Students who have been granted Lingdys/Lingright on their exam are given headphones. This provides the student with the possibility to listen to his/her own text during the examination. Please be aware that the speech synthesis functions well with text, but is not meant for mathematical formulas etc. 

Listen to the text in the exam question paper? 

If you need the possibility to listen to the text in the examination question paper, you need to apply for a speech synthesis. If a speech synthesis is granted, you will be handed the examinaion question paper in pdf, on a usb stick, which can be used with Lingdys/Lingright. 

Alternatively, you may apply for an audio file for your exam, in which case you are handed an mp3 player that you can listen to during the exam. 

The need for these special arrangements must be documented. 

Get familiar with Lingdys/Lingright! 
It is the student’s own responsibility to get familiar with Lingdys/Lingright, and no help with the general use of this can be expected during the examination. If the student does not know the programme beforehand, a quick guide can be downloaded here:

Using a PC with Lingdys/Lingright makes it a condition to sit the examination at one of BI's study locations.

Furniture and other special equipment 

Candidates with physical ailments have the opportunity to apply to use a special table, a chair that can be regulated and similar support materials. The candidate has to inform the study location of the demand for special furniture.

The study location will assess whether it is possible to meet the candidate’s needs or whether the candidate himself, either by private means or through the medical aid central/social security office has to obtain special equipment (larger computer screen, tools to access the toilet and so on.)

Interpreter / assistant

Candidates with severe hearing impairment, visual impairment or other severe disabilities can bring an interpreter or personal assistant to school examinations. The study location must be informed of this, and a practical arrangement for where the interpreter or personal assistant will be during the actual examination has to be made with the study location.

Other forms for special examination arrangements

In some cases there may be a need to 

  • get an enlarged question paper if the candidate is severely visually impaired 

  • write the answer on normal paper (not carbon paper) or write with a felt-tip pen instead of a ballpoint pen, based on physical limitations

  • read the examination text on to an audio file or similar

  • on digital school exams: use pen and paper (not a pc) on the exam. 

If these or other special examination arrangements are an option for you, you have to attach a file to your application for special examination arrangements, where you explain your special needs. These needs must be confirmed by documentation from a specialist.

Stickers when reading and writing difficulties
Candidates with reading and writing difficulties can be issued with a sticker informing the examiner that the candidate is dyslexic or has reading and writing difficulties. These stickers can be obtained by contacting the senior invigilator on the examination day. There is no need to apply for permission to use the sticker beforehand.

Special arrangements regarding the examination   

In special cases the opportunity is given to sit an examination in other ways than described in the course description, based on disabilities (like dyslexia).

The available options for such special arrangements will be determined by the administration and the course tutor (alternatively the dean of the relevant subject), following an assessment of the application and documentation accompanying it. 

Postponed examination for students due to give birth during the examination period

Students who can’t sit an examination because of a birth, may apply to sit the examination at a later date, if needed. A student who is pregnant, have the right to postponed examination if the examination is scheduled for within three weeks before term and six weeks following the birth, may apply. 
The father has the right to postponed examination if the exam date is within the first two weeks after birth. BI can make further provisions regarding postponed examination. 

To adapt to this situation in the best possible way, students who are due to give birth in the examination period, must submit an application to their study location as soon as possible. The application has to be documented. 

In cases where five or fewer students have to take the examination later due to giving birth, BI Norwegian Business School may decide that the form the examination takes is adapted to the number of candidates. For example, a postponed examination may only be offered as a verbal examination. It is a condition that the examination tests the student’s knowledge and abilities to the same extent as an ordinary examination. Students who don’t wish to sit a postponed examination, will be able to sit the next ordinary examination of their course.


Last Modified: 16/10/2017 11:52