Special examination arrangements

In the event of health problems and/or reduced functional ability, you may be entitled to special examination arrangements according to given criteria.

​​​​​​​​Who can apply?

You can apply for special arrangements for an examination if you have:

  • a functional impairment
  • a medical condition
  • other special needs that result in significant disadvantages in an examination situation compared with others
  • an acute injury or illness

What can you apply for?

The purpose of special examination arrangements is to compensate for a functional impairment to the greatest extent possible, without it giving the student an unreasonable advantage. 

Special arrangements that entail a reduction in the academic requirements for the individual course or study programme will not be granted.

Look at the guidelines below for examples of special arrangements you can apply for.

The university may grant special​ examination arrangements for the normal duration of a study programme for candidates with long-term needs for special arrangements. If you are delayed in your studies beyond the normal duration, you must apply again.

How to apply?

You apply for special examination arrangements using eDialog

eDialog offers a way to send digital letters that are exempt from public disclosure in a safe and easy way. All submissions go through a secure channel. 

1. Fill out the application form. 
Application_Form for_Special_Examination_Arrangements.docx

2. Log in to ​eDialog using an electroic ID

3. Fill out the required fields in eDialog, upload the application form and other attachements. ​

NB: Tick off the box for sensitive information if applicable. 

What documentation do you need to attach?

When applying for special arrangements for an examination, you must attach documentation from a medical doctor or other expert. The documentation shall state which needs and special arrangements are recommended or considered necessary. 

The measures that are granted shall be sufficient, but will not always be in line with your own or your doctor's assessment. 

Application deadline

Deadline for applying for special arrangements for an examination: 

  • Autumn semester: 1 September
  • Spring semester: 1 February

In cases where the need for special arrangements has arisen after the application deadline, or there are other special reasons, applications may still be considered. In such cases, the application must be submitted without undue delay, and no later than one (1) week prior to the examination.

When to expect an answer

When the application deadline has passed, the applications will be processed on an ongoing basis. 

Guidelines: Special Examination Arrangements 

Guidelines in text: 


These guidelines are supplementary provisions to the Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Nord University. The guidelines were last revised on 15.08.2021 for all students.

Section 8-4 of the Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Nord University describes the formal frameworks for students’ rights regarding examination arrangements in relation to the special needs of students.
Students who have permanent requirements regarding special arrangements may apply for the period over which the programme of study’s nominal length runs. Other students apply each semester. The ordinary deadline is 1
September for examinations in the autumn semester and 1 February for examinations in the spring semester.

Applications for special arrangements must contain up-to-date and appropriate documentation from a doctor/expert body specifying the need for special examination arrangements. Special arrangements that, after a specific assessment, entail a reduction in academic requirements cannot be granted.

Special arrangement measures that may be applied for:
- Additional time
- Use of desktop computer with Lingdys
- Modified form of assessment
- Use of suitable chair, adjustable height desk
- Use of suitable room/smaller room
- Breastfeeding/resting room

Other measures may also be granted when there are particularly compelling reasons for doing so. Based on the academic requirements for each individual programme of study, an assessment is made of the special arrangement
measures that can be granted.

Nord University points out that if special arrangement measures are granted in the form of oral examinations/parts of the written examination to be carried out orally, the grade cannot be appealed in accordance with section 11-2
(3) of the Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Nord University.

Additional time on written examinations will normally be:
- 12.5% of the ordinary examination time for examinations that are less than 2 hours
- 15 minutes for examinations that are 2 hours long
- 30 minutes for examinations that last up to 4 hours
- 45 minutes for examinations that last up to 6 hours
- 60 minutes for examinations that last more than 6 hours

Additional time on the home examination will normally be:
- 60 minutes for home examinations that last 1 day (up to 8 hours)
- 2 hours for home examinations that last 1 day (8-24 hours)
- 4 hours for home examinations that last 2 days (up to 48 hours)
- 6 hours for home examinations that last 3-5 days (up to 120 hours)
- 24 hours for home examinations that last 6 days or more

Provisions regarding additional time only apply to individual examinations.
Additional time does not normally apply to this type of examination: Assignment (OP), Portfolio (MP), Oral (MU), Practical (PR) and Group (GR).


​​Contact Student Records and Examinations Office:

​> Phone: +47 75 51 71 10
All staff at Student Records and Examinations Office​
> E-mail: exam@nord.no