Dyslexia exam centre

Dyslexia exam centre

Here at the Exam House we believe that exams should be accessible for everyone. Which means following the 2010 equalities act.

The Exam House is a Dyslexia exam centre.

With lots of exam candidates who suffer from dyslexia taking exams with the Exam House. We thought it useful to spell out what a scribe and reader means.

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Considering using a Scribe and /or Reader in Exams

As the exam candidate who suffered from dyslexia, they may be eligible for a Scribe and/or Reader. For a reason that is spelt out in your educational physiologist's report.

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What is a scribe at the Dyslexia exam centre

Scribe is a person who writes for candidate by hand or by computer key board.

Reader is a someone who reads the written exam text aloud either in real-time or on an audio recording for a candidate.

Scribe - What do scribes do and why:

  • Scribes record clearly the responses spoken by the exam candidate and nothing else.

  • As requested by the exam candidate the scribe can read back what has been written.

  • Make alterations where the exam candidate suggests.

  • instruct the candidate only to clarify their instructions of the exams and nothing else

  • Likely act as the invigilator

  • The use of a scribe is highly controlled and must be applied for months before the exams with the relevant documentation in place.

Duties of an exam candidate Reader

The primary duties exam candidate Reader are:

  • Read through the assessment material with the exam candidate, making sure that each word is recognised

  • Only read the exam questions as they are written

  • Read back over the parts of the exam material as often as deemed necessary by the exam candidate.

  • Read any part of the exams candidate’s answers, as requested

  • Converse with the exam candidate only to clarify their instructions,

  • Act as Invigilator. Make sure the exam is conducted correctly and to the right timings.

Hints and Tips

  • Scribes will not be a specialist in the exam candidate's subject.

  • Some technical vocabulary used on the course may be misspelt. Scribes will need to ask the exam candidates how to spell words as the need arises.

  • Or whether the exam candidates want the Scribe to write the word and mark it on the paper for the candidates to return to at the end of the exam.

  • A Scribe and/or Reader will not be told why the exam candidates needs the support in the exam.

  • A Scribe will not discuss the exam question or discuss the answer you provide

  • Do note, the exam candidate may want to be able to read what the Scribe has written at stages during the exam so the seating can be key.

  • If the Scribe and/or Reader writes left handed, the exam candidate should sit to their right. While vice versa If the exam scribe / reader are right-handed, the exam candidate should sit to their left

What should be taken into the exam room by the exam candidate?

The exam candidate must take all of the items that would be needed for the exam. As if the exam candidate were not using a Scribe and/or Reader.

An exam Scribe and/or Reader will not know exactly what is expected for the exam candidate's subject.

E.. for example if the use of a calculator is allowed. However this exam day info will be supplied on the day of the exam day.

What is the total number of people in the exam room:

There will be two people in the exam room – the exam candidate i.e. the exam candidate and the Scribe and/or Reader.

A Scribe and/or exam Reader will normally act as the exam invigilator and ensure that the exam regulations are observed.