Admissions Testing Support

Requesting access arrangements for candidates with special requirements


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This article contains guidance for Exams Officers at authorised Admissions Testing centres in relation to requesting Access Arrangements for candidates with special requirements. The guidance below solely relates to the following admissions tests:

  • BMAT (November session)
  • STEP Mathematics
  • Test of Mathematics for University Admission
  • University of Cambridge pre-interview assessments
  • University of Oxford admissions tests and MAT for Imperial College London.

Access Arrangements are available to candidates who have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams. Standard arrangements include extra working time, supervised rest breaks, or enlarged question papers. Other arrangements may be available; these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Requesting access arrangements


Candidates with special requirements should notify you of this as soon as possible. Exams Officers are responsible for obtaining full details of a candidate's requirement and collecting supporting medical evidence (medical evidence is required to support Access Arrangement requests but may not need to be provided to Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. Please see the Notes about Access Arrangements for guidance as to what constitutes appropriate evidence).


Candidates are registered for these admissions tests via the Entries Extranet, a secure website that allows Exams Officers at authorised centres to register, view, modify and withdraw candidate entries. Access arrangements can only be requested via the Entries Extranet and it is important to note that there are deadlines for doing this.


When registering a candidate via the Entries Extranet, you have the option of selecting specific Access Arrangements from a drop-down menu. If you select any option (other than 'None') you must then provide a short explanation in the Access arrangement note field of the arrangement being requested and the reason for the request.





Once you have submitted a candidate's registration via the Entries Extranet, our Entries team will process the Access Arrangement request (if applicable) and contact you via email to authorise the request or to ask for further information.



Further information


Further guidance regarding Access Arrangements can be found on our website.

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