Individual Exam Adjustments

Individual Exam Adjustments can be made if you have a documented medical, physical or mental health condition and/or a specific learning difficulty.

Students in the libary

School regulations allow for individual exam adjustments (IEAs) to be made if you have a documented medical, physical or mental health condition and/or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. 

The purpose of IEAs is to provide an environment that gives all students an equal opportunity in exams. These adjustments are confidential and will not be listed on your transcript or degree certificate.

If you need details of where your exam will be taking place visit IEA and Late Entry Daily Arrangements.

There will be special arrangements for adjustments to online assessments replacing on-site exams for Summer 2021. Please see this document for further details.

A list of Summer 2021 assessments which are eligible for additional time based on IEAs can be found here.

How to apply for IEAs for long term conditions

IEAs for long term conditions exist for the duration of your programme at LSE.

In order to apply for Long Term IEAs you will need to complete an IEA application form, in person, with an advisor from the Disability and Wellbeing Service. This is often done at the same time that your Inclusion Plan is put into place.

The Disability and Wellbeing Service will then arrange for this to be sent, along with the appropriate medical evidence, to the IEA Panel.

The recommendations on your IEA application form will be considered by the IEA Panel. You will receive an outcome email from the IEA Panel once your application and evidence has been considered.

Once approved, agreed  IEAs will remain in place throughout the entirety of your programme at LSE.

If you believe that you are entitled to IEAs and have not yet completed an IEA application form, please contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service as soon as possible to make an appointment so that all evidence and your application can be completed prior to the deadline.  

Some useful points to remember:

  • not all IEA recommendations are agreed by the Panel.
  • IEAs for long term conditions are for the duration of your programme and will only need reviewing should your condition change. If you start a new programme, i.e. finish your undergraduate programme and start a postgraduate programme, you will need to apply again.
  • should your condition alter and you find you need more or fewer IEAs you will need to meet with your Disability and Wellbeing Service advisor to discuss these.
  • IEAs and Inclusion Plans are not the same.

Deadlines for applying for IEAs for long term conditions

In order for long term IEAs to be put in place your application must be completed and passed to the Panel by the following dates:

  • For January 2021 assessments: Friday 13 November 2020
  • For Summer 2021 assessments - Monday 12 April 2021 (Please note that LSE is closed between Friday 2nd April and Sunday 11th April inclusive and will re-open on Monday 12th April), therefore we recommend submitting applications as soon as possible.
  • For 2021 Undergraduate Resits/Deferrals (IRDAP) - Monday 26 July


You should ensure that you make your appointment with the Disability and Wellbeing Service in good time as they will assist you with your application.

How to apply for IEAs for short term conditions


As assessments have been moved online, the only adjustments that can currently be granted are:

  • Letters of Notification (LoN) for students who are deaf, who have a Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) or who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Additional time only if the assessment is time limited, i.e. only accessible for a certain number of hours within 24 hours. The reason for this is that additional time is only calculated based on the effort required, so if the student has 24 hours or longer in which to complete an assessment they have the flexibility to take rest breaks or use additional writing time within that period. As it can be self-managed and will not be monitored, it does not need to be granted through the IEA process.

You can find the full reasoning for this here.

Therefore, you should only apply for short term IEAs if you have a condition that is eligible for a LoN, and/or you have at least one assessment which is time limited within 24 hours (you can find a full list of these assessments here.

You can apply for short term IEAs if you experience a short term or unexpected medical condition just before or during the exam period which you feel will affect your exams, or if you have other exceptional circumstances that will affect your exams and would benefit from short term IEAs. Short term IEAs can only be put in place if your medical or other exceptional circumstances will affect your exams; they cannot be put in place to compensate for your exam preparation being affected by your circumstances.

You must apply as early as possible and as soon as you become aware of your short-term medical condition.

To apply you need to complete an application for short term IEAs. Staff in the Student Services Centre can provide you with advice and guidance on completing your application if needed. All applications for short term IEAs must be supported by up-to-date written evidence in English. The Disability and Wellbeing Service have produced a useful document that you can use to collect evidence you will need.

Please submit your complete application, including evidence, to the Student Services Centre as an attachment to this enquiry form. Forms without evidence will not be accepted – you must present both the form and evidence together.

Conditions for all Individual Exam Adjustments 

For both long-term and short-term IEAs, if we do not receive your application in good time, we may not be able to make the required adjustments and you may be required to defer your assessments.

To maintain impartiality students must not contact members of the Panel directly unless responding to a Panel member’s enquiry. (The Panel secretary will email IEA outcomes to students’ LSE email accounts.  If you have queries about the IEA process please contact the Exams Team in the first instance by submitting an enquiry).

Who runs the IEA process?

The IEA process is run jointly by the  Exams and Course Selection Team and Disability and Wellbeing Service

All recommedations and applications for IEAs are considered by the IEA Panel. The aim of the Panel is to ensure that all IEAs are fair both to the student involved and also all other students. The Panel will check to make sure that all recommendations/applications are properly evidenced and appropriate to the condition.  

Appealing an IEA Panel decision

If, having received the outcome email from the IEA Panel, you believe your IEAs are not appropriate then you have the right to appeal.  

These are the grounds for the appeal process:

  • The IEAs do not make sufficient adjustments according to the documentation describing your condition. If you are appealing a decision relating to a short-term application you must provide new evidence. If you are appealing a decision and you have an Inclusion Plan you may request an administrative check of the evidence held on your file by the Disability and Wellbeing Service.  If the check confirms that the IEA decision was appropriate, you may be asked to provide new evidence before your appeal is concluded.  If you have information that the Disability and Wellbeing Service has not previously seen, please attach this to your initial appeal; do not wait for the administrative check.
  • There was a procedural defect in the Panel’s decision making process.  
  • Your condition has changed/there is an additional condition which you wish to have considered/added within an existing IEA.

To appeal you must complete the Appeal Against an IEA Panel Decision form. If you are basing your appeal on evidence then you must attach the evidence to the form, if this is new evidence you should also explain why this evidence was not submitted with the original application.

The Appeal Panel will consider all of the information presented to it and decide whether the original decision was appropriate or if the IEAs should be changed. Please bear in mind that the Appeal Panel may decide to offer fewer adjustments than were offered initially.

When the Panel has made its decision it will contact you by email and explain the decision.

To maintain impartiality students must not contact members of the Appeal Panel directly unless responding to a Panel member’s enquiry.

The Appeal Panel aims to consider your application as quickly as possible but even if a decision is made before an exam you must remember that it may not be operationally possible to get the IEAs in place for that exam if the decision is close. 

You should be aware that it can take some time to get IEAs in place so even if the Appeal Panel grants you IEAs following an IEA appeal application we may not be able to get them in place in time for your exam. Please therefore aim to submit your form as soon as possible.  

If you have queries about the IEA appeal process please contact the SSC Exams Team in the first instance by submitting an enquiry.

Location of your exams

If IEAs have been agreed you will take your exam in a designated venue rather than a main exam room. We do this because we cannot put adjustments in place in the main exam rooms.

The location of your exam will be shown on the Individual Exam Adjustment and Late Entrants list. This is published online, the evening before the exam and posted as ‘pink lists’ in the Student Services Centre and in the lobby of Clement House on the morning of your exam. Please ignore any rooms showing on your personal timetable in LSE for You.

Your IEAs will only be available in the exam room indicated on the above lists; you will not be able to take advantage of your individual adjustments in any other room.

IEAs are provided for many students and for a variety of reasons. As a result there will usually be several students in the same IEA room. Some of these students will have permission to take rest breaks and/or leave the room at different times. As such you are expected to take rest breaks and leave rooms quietly so as to minimise any disruption to other candidates.

Types of Individual Exam Adjustments

The factsheets below provide some more detail on how some common adjustments work. If you have been granted adjustments then we recommend that you read the factsheet prior to your exams.

If you require a factsheet in an alternative format then please contact  either the Disabilty and Wellbeing Service or the Exams and Course Selection team who will be happy to assist.

The list above is by no means exhaustive and the Panel may offer you different adjustments. If you have any queries about the adjustments that you have been offered please submit an enquiry.

Will my exam board be made aware of my IEAs?

IEAs are intended to remove inequality at the point you take the exam, so Boards of Examiners are not made aware of approved IEAs for any individual candidate.

If you feel that your IEAs were insufficient, e.g. as the result of an acute episode of a chronic condition, you should inform the Board by submitting proof of Exceptional Circumstances.