Exam access arrangements support pupils in reaching their potential in their exams and assessments. Eligible pupils find it difficult to access the curriculum in most of their subjects, mainly those that involve literacy i.e. English Language.  Pupils are identified through their assessment grades and target grades and are put forward to the exam boards for agreement to the provision. Depending on the grades of individual pupils, this can be a reader and extra time, a scribe or extra time only.


Special Needs Assessment Profile (SNAP-SpLD) is a computer-aided diagnostic assessment and profiling package that brings real insights to the practical diagnosis of learning difficulties, for ages 5 to 18. It is a questionnaire based programme and focuses mainly on areas pupils find difficult from the views of their subject teachers. 25% of the questions are for parents/carers and for the child there is a self-esteem question section.


Most secondary schools use Cognitive Abilities Tests (CATs) to test general intelligence and to stream overall or set for certain subjects. CATS are usually computer based but booklets are also used. CAT4 assesses a pupil’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide teachers with a comprehensive profile of a pupil’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning.


LASS 11-15 is a fully computerised multifunctional assessment system for use with students in the age range 11 years to 15 years. LASS 11-15 has six broad applications:

  1. routine screening on entry to secondary education
  2. screening of all students in the age range for literacy problems
  3. assessment of special needs in literacy
  4. identification of specific learning difficulties and dyslexia
  5. regular monitoring of progress in literacy
  6. assessment of general ability