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Studying with dyslexia

Extra time to finish exams?

This is what you need to do to request extra time for finishing exams

Step 1:

Upload a copy of your dyslexia report. This report contains a clear diagnose of dyslexia. Please note: we need the full report, a dyslexia statement alone is not sufficient.

The diagnose needs to be from: a clinical psychologist or a general remedial educationalist. If any doubt about the status of the diagnostic investigator, we will offer you to have a second opinion by one of our psychologists.

Upload your Dyslexia report (full assessment)

Step 2

Fill in the form via the link below. We only accept complete forms and copies of a valid dyslexia report.

Reasons the University of Amsterdam requests a full report:

  • A dyslexia report gives us the appropriate information to arrange optimal support.
  • Frequently, a dyslexia report is issued  to people who turn out not to be dyslexic.
  • Sometimes dyslexia reports and dyslexia statements are issued by people who are not authorised to make diagnostic examinations.
  • Please upload the report as one document. This can be done at one of our university libraries by scanning the pages and combine them in one pdf file. You can contact the library information desk for assistance.
  • We assess whether this report meets the diagnosis criteria as set by the Stiching Dyslexie Nederland (Dutch Foundation Dyslexia). We will contact you if we have any questions about your report.
Diagnosis criteria Dyslexia Foundation of the Netherlands (pdf, 3 p.)

Ask the Library

Step 3

After evaluation of your report, we will send you our advice for extra time at exams. Read this advice carefully, as it contains extra information about the further procedure at your own study programme.

If necessary, the University of Amsterdam offers extra time at exams. We do not allow the use of a word processor or supporting software, because we believe that reading and writing are essential for academic development.

Tips for dyslectic students

  • Check our tip sheets on i.e. reading or writing academic texts, preparing an exam or assignement, or planning
  • We recommend to contact a student counsellor to discuss your situation
  • Ask a fellow student for help, like co-reading your paper

Our tips sheets

Contact a student counsellor