Students with Specific Learning Disorders (SpLD)

We provide a verity of services for students with SpLD:

  • provide support to people with SpLD, encouraging their educational success;
  • ensure adequate training and development of their potential;
  • reduce educational and emotional difficulties.


Specific services

In particular, we offer:

  • support to future students to take the admission tests;
  • tutoring sessions, where we help students to get familiar with the University and we give useful advices on the method of study for core subjects;
  • occasiosn for exchange and discussion with teachers in order to identify the most suitable ways to attend the courses and take the exams.


Legislative framework:

The integration of students with SpLD at university is guaranteed by Law nº 170 of 8 October 2010 (New Rules on Specific Disabilities of Learning in Schools), which recognizes dyslexia, dysgraphia, disortography and dyscalculia as specific learning disorders, more generally referred to as "SpLD".

To benefit from our services, students need to submit an official certificate (drawn up pursuant to L. 170/2010 and issued no more than 3 years ago by the Italian Health Authority or by specialists and institutions accredited by the same). The request will be evaluated by the Special Needs Unit, which will analyse the specific needs and propose the most appropriate action.  

New students: complete the enrolment process and contact the Special Needs Unit by ticket for the preliminary interview. Upload the SpLD certificate in .pdf format (if not previously uploaded to the Apply@polito platform).

Students already enrolled: send your SpLD certificate in .pdf format by ticket and request an interview.

To obtain special arrangements to take the admission test, you must register to the Apply@polito platform, flag the "SpLD" box in the personal data section and upload your certificate in .pdf format.

In case of difficulties, please contact the Special Needs Unit by ticket.

TIL Engineering / Design and Communication / Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning/ Professional degree in manufacturing technologies

Support provided:

  • Additional time (30% more)
  • Calculator (non-programmable)
  • Vocalising the test with ReadSpeaker (do the Test Simulation from the "Learning Material" section of Apply, in order to test the reader)

For in-person tests, please remember to bring your personal calculator and headphones with USB port.

Any other requirements (e.g. a tutor who reads the questions) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis upon request, based on the specialist report. 
For organisational reasons, additional time is only guaranteed in one time slot. In the event of difficulty in taking the test in the scheduled time slot, please contact the Special Needs Unit.

TIL Architecture

Support provided:

Please refer to the ministerial note, additional time and calculator are normally guaranteed.

If you require the assistance of a tutor, please inform us well in advance by ticket.

Any other requirement (e.g. tutor support in reading the questions) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis upon request, based on the specialist report and on the ministerial guidelines.

The special arrangements to take the exams are agreed with the student on the basis of the preliminary interview and the specialist report; below is the list of the most widely used measures:

  • Additional time (30% more or tasks reduction) 
  • Calculator
  • Evaluation that takes into account content and not form
  • Readability criteria for texts:

              - "sans-serif" fonts (Biancoenero, OpenDyslexia, Verdana, Arial);

              - font size 12-14-16;

              - line spacing 1,5/2;

              - expanded spacing;

              - unjustified text.

  • Formulary for mathematics - collection of math and physics formulas (if specified in the specialist’s documentation) 


To inform ypour professor about the special arrangements that need to be put in place for you, use the Online Report Procedure at the beginning of each semester:

  • Log in to the Teaching Portal
  • Click the "OnlineServices" tab
  • Select the "special needs" portlet
  • Click the "accept" button to continue
  • Select the special arrangements that you wish to use for each exam from the list
  • Select "save and send" for each exam

Please note that any math formulary needs to be approved by the professor, which is only possible through the Online Report Procedure. You are encouraged to start building your formulary using this procedure well in advance of your exams.



Students with Specific Learning Disorders (SpLD), in addition to using the Online Report Procedure, are invited to communicate directly with the professor, at least one week before the beginning of the examination session. The professor must be informed about the special arrangements agreed with the Special Needs Unit so he/she can find the most suitable solution for the specific type of examination.


Read the following documents to learn how to benefit from the support of the Special Needs Unit

Vademecum for students with SpLD

Vademecum for exams with extra time