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Alternative forms of assessment

This list has been created to help provide you with choice for alternative forms of assessments for dyslexic students' reasonable adjustments. The list is by no means exhaustive. While many of the assessment formats listed have already been adopted as practice across different Schools in the University, others are quite innovative and appeal to the learning needs of the students of today. Dyslexic students currently using an alternative form of assessment have reported an increase in motivation and focus, which has enabled them to complete their assignment well before the deadline. They also report going through a deeper learning process 'doing something different and interesting' than they do for exams.

When preparing your Module Handbook, it is important to clearly present the respective assessment choices for your module to the students. A suggestion might be to have the students complete and sign a form (within a specified deadline) detailing their preferred option of alternative assessment. It is also important to provide the student with a clear submission deadline.

Given the diverse range and degree of difficulties experienced by dyslexic students, some students may need to opt for more than one form of assessment for the same module to meet their needs. An example of their reasonable adjustment might be the combination of a case study for problem solving diagnostic questions normally presented in essay format, plus extra time for short question answers.

The majority of dyslexic students require extra time in timed exam situations because of their slow information processing skills. While many of the alternative forms of assessment will not require extra time, others will, e.g. multiple choice web-based exam. It is important that extra time is built in as a reasonable adjustment to the allocated time.


1. Oral

2. Home exam (14 days open book)
3. Poster exam (individual or group)
4. Group presentation
5. Individual presentation
6. Written assignment
7. Reflective journal
8. Diary
9. Research project (mini)
10. Portfolio
11. Exhibition
12. Demonstration
13. Short answer questions
14. Performance task (individual or group) - e.g. create a product
15. Multiple choice
16. Case study - problem solving model
17. Case study - patient support
18. Cross subject holistic case study or project, e.g. nursing and comp. therapies
19. Debates
20. Brochures
21. Advertisements
22. Annotated bibliography
23. Editorial
24. Diagnosis of condition
25. Critique (artistic, literary, political environmental, social etc)
26. Reflective essay
27. Magazine article
28. News or feature story
29. SPSS and or other graph (interpretation and representation of information)
30. Review of article or other piece of literature or exhibition, display
31. Web page design
32. Website evaluation (accuracy, current, reliability, authority)
33. Research paper
34. Research proposal
35. Smaller tasks related to written coursework such as - thesis statement where author's view is expressed