Students’ perception of 25% Extra Time as a Reasonable Adjustment

Closes 8 Dec 2022



Who is this survey for? 

This survey is for people who have sat at least one GCSE, AS, A level, VTQ, BTEC or Functional Skills exam or test in the past 12 months. It does not matter if you have had access arrangements or not, and it does not matter what type of place of education you go to or went to.

Please ask for the help of an adult in completing this survey if you would like to.

You will be asked questions relating to the most recent timed exams and tests you have taken, which we will call ‘exams’ in the survey.

How long will this take?  

The survey will take 10 to 15 minutes. For most questions, you will need to select from a choice of options. For some questions, you will be able to tell us more in your own words.

Will my responses be anonymous?  

Your answers will be treated in strict confidence, and in most cases, the information you give will be anonymous (see paragraphs below). You will not be asked to provide your name or the name of your school or college.

At the end of this survey, we will ask if you would like to take part in our follow-up research study. This study will involve one-to-one online interviews. This is entirely your choice. If you answer yes, you will be asked to provide your email. At this point your responses will no longer be anonymous to the Ofqual researchers as the responses will be linked to you. We will use the information you provide to make sure we include students who do receive extra time and those that do not receive extra time in exams in the follow-up research. This information will only be available to Ofqual staff working on this research. Any personal data that we collect will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). We will provide further information about our follow-up research at the end of this survey.

If you would like to receive a copy of your survey responses, at the end of the survey you will also be able to type in your email address. This is also completely up to you. Ofqual staff will not see your email address if you request a copy of the survey, but your data will be temporarily stored with Citizen Space.

We will not identify any individual or school or college in any reports that we produce from this research, even if you choose to provide your contact details.

How will my data be used?

We will only use the information that you provide to help us with this research. If you provide us with your contact details and age for the follow up research, we will process personal data for the purposes of contacting you and carrying out further research.  Ofqual is allowed to carry out research under Section 169 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. As such, we rely on public task as our lawful basis under data protection law for processing this personal data.  Where we collect sensitive types of personal data, such as details of health or disability even if this may only be inferred from your responses, we collect this for reasons of substantial public interest and research with a basis in law to ensure that we are seeking views from students who do and do not have extra time in exams. 

Citizen Space is our data processor for this survey. You can find details about what data Citizen Space collects and processes in Citizen Space’s privacy notice.

Ofqual will securely hold all the survey responses. The Ofqual research team will analyse the responses with a view to disseminating our findings. We will not share any identifiable data. We will only keep responses for as long as we need to, and no longer than 6 years. Any quotes we use in written reports about the research will be anonymised, and you or your school or college will not be identifiable.

Whether you complete this survey or not is entirely your choice. You do not need to take part if you do not wish to. If you change your mind during the survey, you can close your browser window before the end and your responses will not be saved. However, once you have submitted your responses it may not be possible for you to withdraw them. This is because we may not be able to identify which responses are yours without some personally identifiable information.

You may withdraw your consent by closing the survey and partial responses will not be saved. Responses will only be saved and available to researchers after the full survey is submitted upon completion.

You can read our full privacy notice here.


If you have any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact us at

Closing date

The deadline for responses is 11.59pm on 7th of December 2022. Thank you for your time. 

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