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Modified formats

Modified papers help ensure that candidates with varying needs can access the examination materials needed to accurately assess their skills and knowledge. There is a variety of formats available, each of which aims to accommodate a range of difficulties.  


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FAQs about ordering modified papers

Modified papers data is uploaded to the online system before a deadline and after the close of a previous session. There are normally only 2 sessions live at any time to reduce the possibility of materials being ordered for an incorrect session.

The online search criteria can be very specific. The first thing to try is reducing the number of parameters you enter into the search. Begin by selecting 'Pearson' as the awarding body, then leaving all other fields blank. Go to the 'Exam Code (if known)', where you should enter the first few characters of an exams component code. If your candidate is sitting Mathematics 1MA1 1F for example, you need only put 1MA into the search and this will bring up all papers that begin with '1MA'.

This is especially useful when you’re ordering papers that either have multiple parts or have an early/pre-release item associated with them, as you will see all available parts.

The paper may not be available to order, if the paper is readily available on the website such as Entry Level Certificate, we do not modify these papers as they are readily available for you to modify in centre. 

First, check that you’re searching for paper codes and not specification codes. The online system works at paper level, so you must use the code for the individual examination that the candidate will be sitting.

Secondly, check that the item you’re searching for isn't a piece of coursework, controlled assessment, or other non-secure (that is, with no specified exam date) release. We only provide material that centres have no access to before an assessment. In all other instances, you should modify the material as appropriate to your candidate's needs.

Finally, check that the item you’re searching for is not a Functional Skills paper. These do not fit into the online system’s available examination slots as they are on demand exams. These items should be requested by emailing additional_requirements@pearson.com.

The online system will accept orders all the way up to an examination date. If you’ve missed a deadline, the most important thing initially is to get your order submitted using the online system. Without this order we won’t be able to begin work on any materials you require. Where at all possible we will attempt to fulfil your order, we do not create a modification for all papers so there is a possibility that the paper may not be available

If you make a late order on AAO or PAAO please email the modified formats team on additional_requirements@pearson.com to advise them of the modified paper order number. We will advise you if the paper is not available. 

There are no confirmations. As soon as you submit an application, we can access it instantly. You can also return at any time to review, either at centre or at candidate level, all of the orders you’ve placed online.

You can cancel modified paper orders using the Access Arrangements Online Tool (AAO or PAAO). If you no longer require a paper, or you wish to change an application, please cancel your original request and re-order the replacement materials. Please be aware that cancelling and re-ordering after the published deadlines will jeopardise delivery of your replacement request.

We can’t advise you on the appropriate modification for your candidate. If you don’t work directly with the candidate concerned, seek advice from a specialist teacher or SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). 

The paper should match what the candidate has been using throughout the academic year and should be their normal way of working. 

We offer the following modifications;
18pt Bold Font on A4 paper
24pt Bold Font on A4 paper
24pt Bold Font on A3 paper
36pt Bold Font on A3 paper
Accessible Interactive paper for use with electronic readers and for candidates to type into
Unified English Braille – Grade 1 and Grade 2
Tactile Diagrams
Subtitles on video clips

General FAQs

We strive to deliver papers to centres a minimum of 5 days before an examination date. We’ll try to send as many of your requested materials in the same package as possible to reduce any administrative burden for you.

Where physical papers cannot be delivered due to late orders or centre cannot accept papers/CDs we will send it on a Secure File Transfer (SFT) for the centre to download and print. This will be advised via email to the centre. 

If your paper still has not arrived 5 days prior to the exam please contact your Account Specialist or email additional_requirements@pearson.com

To order a standard (non interactive) paper to print on colour please contact your account specialist who will be able to request this for you. You do not need to apply via AAO or PAAO for this. 

An interactive or accessible question paper is for students who wish to use a computer reader or word processor to complete their exam. This is supplied on a CD or via a secure file transfer on the day of the exam if a CD drive is not available. 

A non-interactive question paper is a standard paper on a PDF, this allows the centre to print the paper on colour. 


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Our search tool gives you instant access to a library of past modified papers. They’re available free to teachers and students, although only teachers can access the most recent papers sat within the past 9 months.

For Teachers

Modified past papers for the most recent exam sessions (within the last 9 months) can be accessed only by registered centres. If you don't have an Edexcel Online account, please contact your Exams Officer.

For Students

Modified past papers marked by a lock are not available for students, but only for teachers and exams officers of registered centres.

However, students can still get access to some available modified materials by using the search tool below.

Find out more about past papers for students

Please note that the past paper search on this page is for modified formats only. If you wish to find past papers that have not been modified for candidates with varying needs please follow the link below.

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