The IB believes that all candidates must be allowed to take their examinations under conditions that are as fair as possible. Where normal examination conditions and assessment procedures would put candidates at a disadvantage and prevent them from being able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge adequately, reasonable forms of accommodation may be authorized. Candidates eligible for special assessment arrangements are those with individual needs such as specific learning issues, an emotional or behavioural issue, physical, sensory or medical conditions, or mental health issues.
For information about the IB’s policy on candidates with special needs, refer to the IB publication Candidates with special assessment needs. Please study this publication before contacting IB Cardiff with an inquiry or submitting a request for special assessment arrangements. For inquiries concerning candidates with special assessment needs, send an email to Special educational needs/adverse circumstances under the Contact us link on IBIS.
Do not inform an examiner about a candidate’s personal circumstances, disability, medical condition or special need of any kind and do not send a copy of the form Request for special assessment arrangement (form D1) or the form Candidates with adverse circumstances (form D2) to an examiner with a candidate’s assessment material.
At the discretion of the coordinator (or head of school), the following arrangements are permitted in examinations without prior authorization from IB Cardiff.
All special assessment arrangements (that is, arrangements other than those listed in section A9.1.1) must have prior authorization from IB Cardiff.
A request for special arrangements must be submitted on the form Request for special assessment arrangements (form D1) and supported with medical documentation (translated into English, French or Spanish where necessary). Send the form and supporting evidence to IB Cardiff, addressed to the Assessment Operations Department, to arrive by 1 May/1 November, 12 months before the written examinations. Alternatively, the form and documents can be sent as email attachments using the Contact us on IBIS. The form must indicate the:
For candidates who are visually impaired, provide details about the modification of examination papers (for example, enlargement) including the Braille code required for certain subjects, such as languages and mathematics.
It may not be possible to authorize certain special assessment arrangements for anticipated candidates (for example, modified examination papers) owing to the time taken to undertake this task.
For the diploma session one year later, it is not necessary to send a second request for special assessment arrangements. However, if a candidate’s condition changes after the first request for special assessment arrangements has been submitted, inform the IB using the appropriate link under Contact us on IBIS.
For retake candidates it may not be possible to authorize certain special assessment arrangements owing to the time taken to undertake the task. It is necessary to send a second request for special assessment arrangements.