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Examples for compensation for disadvantages

  • Use of technical aids for examinations (e.g. laptops).
  • Use of personal aids in oral examinations (e.g. sign language interpreter).
  • Extended examination time or additional breaks or a separate room (individual room) for examinations (e.g. for limited ability to concentrate; for physical limitations or disabilities; for diabetics who need to check their blood sugar levels during the examination times; for students with chronic intestinal illnesses additional or longer use of restrooms.).
  • Written additions to oral examinations or replacing oral examinations with written examinations for students with hearing or speaking impairments, in some cases also for psychologically ill students; oral examination not open to the public; presence of a person the student trusts and/or support from a study assistant, e.g. in the case of speaking disabilities and psychological disorders.
  • Oral instead of written exams, e.g. for blind students.
  • Consideration of periods of illness or disability-related limitations when calculating the deadline for submitted written papers and/or examination times (extending the deadline for the entire examination period or the length between several exams).
  • Deadline extensions, if the examination regulations require students to register for the examination within a set number of semesters, or if proof of a certain number of credit points per semester is required.
  • Written papers instead of presentations (e.g. for hearing and speech impairments, concentration disorders, possibly also with an individual discussion about the paper with the instructor).
  • Modification of the attendance requirements in courses (e.g. replacement with other work such as an additional paper, replacement with proof of participation in another course on the same topic).
  • Modifications of practical examinations, if necessary the use of assistants and additional aids, if necessary by replacement with a theoretical examination, e.g. office internship instead of internship at a construction site for students in wheelchairs.
  • Changing registration requirements e.g. when registering for exams.


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