Reasonable adjustments and special consideration

Training providers may put in place reasonable adjustments in advance of their students’ assessments or apply for special consideration after the assessment has taken place.

These adjustments could include allowing extra time but may vary depending on individual circumstances, and should be based on the medical evidence provided. For every adjustment made, a completed form (13.2 or 13.3) must be submitted to AAT.

What are reasonable adjustments?

'Reasonable adjustment' is the term used for any special arrangement that is needed to enable disabled or temporarily incapacitated students to do their best in an assessment. A common example would be extra time for a dyslexic student.

What is special consideration?

'Special consideration' is the term used to describe the process by which a student's script is reassessed after it has been taken due to her/him suffering an illness, traumatic accident or major and unpredictable life event at or shortly before the time of assessment.

Download special considerations form 13.4 (DOC) 

How do we arrange adjustments?

In most cases the training provider may make the decision to grant adjustments, for example granting extra time up to and including one third. For every adjustment actioned and authorised by the centre, a completed form 13.2 must be emailed to AAT for monitoring purposes.
Download reasonable adjustment granted by centre form 13.2 (DOC) 

In the event a larger adjustment is required, for example extra time in excess of one third, form 13.3 must be emailed to AAT accompanied by the supporting evidence six weeks prior to the date of the assessment each time an adjustment is applied.
Download reasonable adjustment granted by AAT form 13.3 (DOC)

  • The centre must provide evidence which precisely references the need for the specific adjustment applied for.
  • The centre must be specific when classifying the impairments, failure to do so will prolong the application process.
  • For permanent impairments, e.g. dyslexia, an application form is required the first time an adjustment is applied to an assessment, then again only each time the student begins a new qualification.
  • For non-permanent impairments, e.g. an injury, an application form is required each time an adjustment is applied to an assessment.

Completed forms must be emailed to assessment.operations@aat.org.uk - paper copies and scans will be accepted.

Further information

There are more details available in our Guidance on the Application of Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration in AAT assessments (PDF) document, including common adjustments and permissions (found on page 38).