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English language special needs requests

Trinity is committed to creating an inclusive environment where candidates with special needs, disabilities and health conditions are able to demonstrate their skills and feel welcomed.


We aim to make our exams accessible to all. We treat each learner individually when considering how we can achieve this aim, recognising that requirements vary. Candidates can be assured that we do not compromise on the standard of marking or allow the quality of exams to be affected in any way. 

For candidates who require any adjustments to their exam, or would like to make the examiner aware of a disability or health condition, one of the following Special Needs Provision forms must be completed and submited at the time of entry, along with appropriate supporting evidence (if required - please see the section below).

Forms should be submitted a minimum of 28 days before the exam date. If the request is for modified exam materials (eg large print or Braille) you must give at least six weeks’ notice. Notes and forms handed to the examiner on the day of the exam are not acceptable.

International and Skills for Life Candidates

Special needs adjustments should be applied for through your college, school or the centre where you are taking the exam. Please inform your English teacher or centre if you have any requirements, and they will coordinate the application. 


SELT candidates (UKVI and TfL)

When you book your test online, please select ‘Yes’ on the part of the form where it says ‘Special needs/requirements’ and enter any information about your needs/requirements. A Trinity staff member will be in touch to discuss your needs and tell you how to apply for any arrangements.

Special needs provision

Please see details on the two pages listed below for some of the options available for candidates with special needs. This information is not exhaustive, and we strive to respond to candidates’ individual needs where possible.

For requirements not listed please contact language-csn@trinitycollege.co.uk to discuss your needs.


Supporting evidence

We require evidence of need for any adjustments which could potentially give an advantage to candidates who do not need them, or which alter the format of the exam. Please refer to the table below to find out which adjustments we require supporting evidence for.

Evidence should be from an appropriately qualified medical or educational professional, and should demonstrate how the candidate’s condition affects access to the exam in question. Trinity reserves the right to turn down requests for adjustments if sufficient information is not provided.

If you are not sure whether your evidence is suitable, please contact language-csn@trinitycollege.co.uk


Evidence required?

Extra time


Headphones/speakers for Listening task


Transcript for listening task


Use of word processor


Supervised rest breaks


Enlarged/modified written exam paper


Braille exam paper


Examiner briefed (Speaking & Listening only)



Please contact language-csn@trinitycollege.co.uk 


Useful Trinity links

If you have any specific questions regarding special needs procedures for Trinity’s English Language examinations, please email: language-csn@trinitycollege.co.uk



If a candidate, or their representative, is not satisfied with the decision made by Trinity College London with regard to special needs provision, they have the right to appeal. Any appeal must be submitted in writing to appeals@trinitycollege.co.uk, with supporting evidence as appropriate.

Please note that, whilst an appeal will be considered and concluded within 30 days of receipt, this may prevent the candidate from sitting the exam on the chosen date.


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