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Occasionally we hear from centres that they would like to be able to allow a learner to use a bilingual dictionary in an external assessment (theory test) when the learner’s first language is not English. This is allowed where the use of a bilingual translation dictionary represents the learner’s normal way of working and invigilators take steps to check pages of the dictionary for non-permitted notes or diagrams.

Full details of the rules can be found on Pages 4 and 5 of our Reasonable Adjustments policy

We hope you will find this helpful. If you have any queries relating to the use of bilingual translation dictionaries during assessments please let a member of the Quality and Assessment team know by emailing