More about the assessments
AMTRA has in the past charged an additional fee if you choose to take your initial written modules (i.e. those for which you initially enrol) spread over more than week. This fee is currently suspended, but may be reintroduced in future – if so, this will not be retrospective for those who have already booked their written assessments.
If you fail a written module or the viva, you may re-sit (for a fee). We will normally allow a maximum of four attempts at any module or viva.
If you are booking a re-sit, please use ensure you send the fee with the exam booking form. (See also the full note on re-sits under "Your results".)
You must tell AMTRA at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to withdraw from an exam, otherwise a fee will be charged. These are currently:
- £55 fee if a candidate cancels (including failing to show for the exam) within two weeks of an exam, or
- £33 fee if a candidate cancels between 4 and 2 weeks prior to the exam.
Before we introduced this fee, about 17% of RAMA exam candidates withdrew from exams at short notice (within four weeks of the exam), or simply failed to turn up. This imposes significant administrative burdens on AMTRA and Harper Adams, and where exams fill up means that other candidates are turned away and also sometimes reduces the viability of courses run by colleges.
AMTRA is also concerned at the number of last-minute substitutions made by companies, where one candidate is withdrawn from an exam and another added. While each case will be done for good reasons, we are worried that the overall trend is likely to lead to candidates being given inadequate time to prepare for the exams.
Note that cancellation/withdrawal includes substituting one individual for another within the same company.
Although the fee is a cancellation/withdrawal fee, it is payable upon re-booking for a fresh exam.
Exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis but these should be exceptional – for instance, candidates should allow for traffic delays, and should have made suitable checks in advance of computer equipment. Applications for consideration of exceptional circumstances should be made in writing to the AMTRA Chief Executive.
These fees were introduced for all exams from 1 January 2015. At the same time, enrolment fees were reduced by £5 with a view to making the net financial effect of these changes zero.
Candidates with additional support needs
Do you have a disability or specific learning difficulty that could impact on your AMTRA RAMA assessments? Harper Adams are able to make reasonable adjustments for you, if you let them know in advance and certainly no later than six weeks before your exam, as they may not be able to assist you if they have less than six weeks’ notice.
Disabilities such as:
- Social/communication impairment, e.g. Aspergers/autism
- Blind or visual impairment
- Deaf or hearing impairment
- Mental health condition, e.g. depression, anxiety disorder, etc.
- Physical impairment or mobility issues
- Long standing illness or health condition, e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, etc.
- Any other disability, impairment or medical condition not listed above
Assistance with the examinations, usually in the form of extra time, can only be given to candidates who produce written proof of requirement, e.g. full dyslexia documentation from an educational psychologist.
If you do not have any documentary evidence, you may take an online Dyslexia test.
The cost is currently £34.50 which is paid on the website at the time of taking the test. You will register online, pay the fee and take the test. When you get the results, forward them to Harper Adams at [email protected]
Please help Harper Adams to assist you with the assessments, by telling them a long time in advance of your requirements and any reasonable adjustments they can make to your learning experience.
Any disclosure you make will be between yourself and Harper Adams University. Nothing will be discussed with your employer or any third party, except that unless you request otherwise Harper Adams will notify the AMTRA viva assessor where it may be appropriate for the assessor to be aware.