Adaptation of entrance examinations
The majority of MU entrance examinations are written, albeit, in some cases, the program-specific examination might be oral. Applicants who provide proof of health impairment, specific learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder, mental difficulties, autism spectrum disorder or chronic diseases are entitled to the examination being adapted to an accessible form. The adaptation is provided by the Teiresias Centre and it respects:
- the form and contents of the written or oral exam, i.e. open or closed questions, which skills are being tested etc.,
- the type of applicant’s difficulties or impairment and the resulting needs for working with text (the test in digital or printed form, in sign language, possibility of using highlighters etc.),
- the applicant’s requirements concerning the work space and its technical equipment (the possibility of using assistive technologies, barrier-free premises, height-adjustable desk, appropriate light conditions for taking the test etc.).
General adaptations of the entrance examinations
The applicant´s working conditions for taking the test are arranged beforehand based on consultations with the Teiresias Centre employees. The applicant takes their entrance examination at the Teiresias Centre and they will be entitled to extended time for taking the test based on individual needs (twice the standard time at most). We can also provide assistance with the final transferring of your answers to the answer sheet.
In case of oral interview examination, the adaptations might include informing the entrance examination executive about the special requirements of the applicant, arranging a sign language interpreter, speech-to-text reporting, or, in some cases, changing the format of an interview from a group-based into an individual-based.
Special adaptations of the entrance examinations
Applicants with visual impairment
- The test is adapted into a previously arranged form, depending on the type and measure of your visual impairment.
- Blind applicants work with a digital document or a Braille print, and is provided with an adaptation (usually in tactile form) of the graphically rendered information present in the test.
- Partially sighted applicants work with a digital document or a large print.
- The Teiresias Centre will prepare a working space with a computer and assistive technologies (special hardware, software etc.) that you are accustomed to.
- Blind applicants can use a previously agreed on tactile display and a screen reader.
- Partially sighted applicants can work with a digital test, using a preferred virtual magnifying glass, or with a printed form of the test, using a camera magnifying glass.
Applicants with hearing impairment
- An interpreter (Czech Sign Language) or a visualizer (sign language, oral interpreting, speech-to-text reporting) is present at the entrance examination (both written or oral). It is also possible for the applicant to borrow a headset and a receiver, or an induction loop system.
- When completing the Learning Potential Test the applicant can use a version translated into Czech sign language, which will be available on a computer at their desk.
Applicants with mobility impairment
- The Centre has a fully barrier-free access, with a barrier-free bathroom and, upon agreement, a parking space..
- If needed, the applicant will be provided with a trained personal assistant from the Teiresias Centre, who will escort them to the place of the entrance examination, and back outside. In reasonable cases the assistant can also be present at the examination.
- The working space in the examination room is adapted to the applicant’s needs (easy access, an adjustable desk etc.).
- The test can be digitized, which allows the applicant to utilise assistive technologies (trackball, joystick, a keyboard with modified parameters or ergonomics, PC voice control, text dictation etc.).
Applicants with specific learning difficulties and attention deficit disorder
- The applicant can bring along and use a highlighter to ensure better understanding of the text in the test.
- In reasonable cases, the applicant can use a digitized version of the test on a computer with assistive technologies (e.g. special software with voice recognition and highlighting of currently read passage of the text).
- If the applicant has a diagnosed dyscalculia, they can use a calculator during the test.
Applicants with mental difficulties and autism spectrum disorder
- Ensuring a quiet environment with a limited number of other people in the examination room.
- In reasonable cases, it is possible to allow taking breaks during the test (e.g. to take medication, in case of panic attacks, etc.), which will not count towards the time limit.
- In case that multiple test slots within the same day are offered, it is possible to assign the applicant to a slot with respect to the impacts of their medication, weariness and other difficulties.
Applicants with chronic deseases
- Applicants have the option to take the test in a quiet environment, in a smaller group of applicants.
- If the applicant takes medication regularly or needs to eat regularly, they can take a break during the examination. This break does not count towards the time limit.