Please note: This exam is suitable only for sighted students.

This exam is in Unified English Braille (UEB) - not Standard English Braille (SEB).

You will be tested on your knowledge of the following:  

  • • The braille alphabet
  • • All the contractions of Unified English Braille
  • • Punctuation signs
  • • Basic numbering and capitalisation
  • • Basic formatting and typeforms.

It does not cover any of the following:  

  • • Advanced notation
  • • Specialist codes (eg mathematics, science, music, etc)
  • • Skills in teaching braille to blind individuals.

Exam details

Exams are held in May or November. You will be asked to specify which one you wish to sit on the application form. Applications should be received around six weeks prior to your chosen exam - this allows time for two optional practice papers to be sent out.

2024's exam dates are:

  • Wednesday, 22 May
  • Wednesday, 6 November

The exam itself consists of a transcription paper to be brailled on a computer using the supplied software (details given upon application), and an embossed braille comprehension paper which students will need to answer questions on by typing in Word, Notepad or another word processor.

The exam is three hours long and a suitable venue and invigilator will be discussed with our Braille Training Team.

The pass marks are A-E. Grades F and below are a fail, but students can pay again to retake the exam as many times as they wish.

On passing, students will be accredited with an RNIB Unified English Braille course certificate.

Please note: You will not receive a physical product when purchasing this exam. All materials will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you download and complete the application form (Word file) found in the User Guide tab on this page. 

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