Exams are a concern for many students with dyslexia who may struggle with memory recall and thought processing speed. Depending on the level of support the student needs, they may also have the option to use a spell checker and a homophone checker (to help distinguish between words which sound the same but have different meanings – e.g. there and their in the exam).
A computer reader will be allowed in papers (or sections of papers) testing reading where a human reader is not permitted and is an acceptable arrangement since it allows the candidate to independently meet the requirements of the reading standards.
Mark McCusker, Chairman of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and CEO of Texthelp, said, “Exams are particularly challenging for dyslexic students due to the difficulties they may have with their thought processing speed and reading and writing. With coursework and a modular approach being scrapped in 2015 in favour of exams at the end of two years of study, it is important that schools are aware that support is available for dyslexic students in the exam room”.
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