(24th March 2016) - Ruth Houston

    It’s fast approaching exam season again here in the UK and with the ability to now use a computer reader to help struggling readers in exams, we thought we’d ask our Trainer, Richard, to give you his top 5 tips for preparing to use software to read exams for your pupils.

    Read on for Richard's top tips...

    Using Assistive Technology (AT) should be second nature for pupils

    For students using AT in exams the most important thing is that they have the opportunity to use the software every day in class, to get to grips with both how the reading voice sounds and how to use the features available.

    It’s also ideal, if not essential, that pupils also have the opportunity to use the software in mock exams before using it in the real thing in order to get an accurate experience.

    Staff should be competent in the use of Assistive Technology

    Not only should pupils be familiar with the exam reading software, it’s also essential that staff too should have a good knowledge and understanding of how the software works and the options that are contained within feature sets.

    Staff will also have the responsibility for scanning the exam papers before the exam, and so should be familiar with the key features of the Assistive Software.

    Plan for access arrangements early

    As well as providing early practice in using the software, it is also important that staff know their roles in setting up an exam reader. It’s essential to make prompt contact with exam boards to find out about all the possible formats each exam can be delivered in. It’s especially important to apply early for the exam to be delivered as a file, to save unnecessary scanning. 

    Good Communication With Exam Boards and Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

    Get in touch with Exam Boards and apply for your papers to be delivered in the necessary form (Hard Copy or File). Make sure you’re compliant with JCQ guidelines when using any type of software as an exam reader and only allow the features accepted by JCQ to be visible during the exam.

    Familiarise yourself with what features are permitted in exams

    According to JCQ guidelines, elements of assistive technology which can be used in exams are a text reader and a screen tint or a screen overlay. Make sure you have your computers set up to only display these settings in advance of any exams.

    If you’d like to chat more about using Technology to read your students’ exam papers, drop Richard an email to [email protected] and he’ll talk you through any worries you might have. Good luck for exam season! 

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    During the Examination: The use of a Reader should neither advantage nor disadvantage you. Your Reader should read accurately and only read the questions and rubric. Your Reader can, if requested, give the spelling of a word that occurs in the question paper – otherwise spellings must not be given. more
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    The Reader is the communication channel through which the student can access their examination paper. The Reader is not required to interpret the examination paper for the student, but is a 'reading instrument' only. more
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    How can I be an exam reader?
    The Role of a Reader in Examinations
    1. be understanding of the needs of the relevant categories of students and have respect for student confidentiality.
    2. be punctual, patient, reliable and trustworthy.
    3. be a competent reader with a clear, articulate voice.
    4. read at normal reading speed.
    more
    Who created exam?
    Henry Fischel Who invented exams– The concept of exams was invented in the late 19th century by an American businessman named Henry Fischel. The first-ever exam was conducted in China and it was the first country to adopt the concept of exams. The first exam conducted by China was known as the Imperial Examination. more
    Is the CPA exam the hardest professional exam?
    It is considered one of the most challenging exams for obtaining standardized professional credentials. When the national pass rate is approximately 1 in 2, those who will eventually need to take the CPA exam should use every resource possible to give them an edge against a nearly 50% fail rate. more
    What is a reader exam?
    The Reader is the communication channel through which the student can access their examination paper. The Reader is not required to interpret the examination paper for the student, but is a 'reading instrument' only. more
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    How Hard is the CAPM Exam? The CAPM exam is based around PMI's framework, which makes studying for it relatively simple. So long as you follow the right study material, and memorize enough information, passing the CAPM is doable. more
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    Calculating your CPA Exam score Scores are reported on a scale that ranges from 0 to 99. It's important to know that your total reported score does not represent a percentage correct, nor can you interpret it as such. Scores are not curved. more
    How can I be an exam reader?
    The Role of a Reader in Examinations
    1. be understanding of the needs of the relevant categories of students and have respect for student confidentiality.
    2. be punctual, patient, reliable and trustworthy.
    3. be a competent reader with a clear, articulate voice.
    4. read at normal reading speed.
    more

    Source: www.texthelp.com

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