Why assess for exam arrangements?

What are the benefits of assessing for exam arrangements?

The following difficulties are examples of when a young person may qualifiy* for exam dispensations:

  • Slow handwriting/poor fine motor skills
  • A difficulty getting ideas down on to paper
  • Slow processing speed (cognitive or verbal)
  • Slow reading speed
  • Poor reading accuracy
  • Poor comprehension skills
  • Poor working memory
  • Attentional problems
  • High levels of anxiety

Assessing for exam arrangement ensures that a young person is put on a level playing field with other students who do not experience such difficulties. Advice is given as to what arrangement would be appropriate with the identified need. 

Arrangements may include:

  • Additional time
  • Access to a word processor
  • Access to a scribe
  • Access to a reader
  • Access to a prompt
  • Rest breaks
  • Separate exam invigilation

*Pupils must be assessed as having at least one below average score (equal to or below standard score 84) or have two scores falling in the low average range (85-89).  Under the  JCQ guidelines the pupil's school/college must support the access arrangement by demonstrating evidence of need.  Please see the link below for more detail.

www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration

A post 16 report can be used to apply for Disability Student's Allowance for Higher Education.

Why Use an EP?

Why Use an EP?

What are Educational Psychologists? Educational Psychologists (EPs) find solutions to the problems encountered by children, young people and adults in education, which may involve learning difficulties and/or social, emotional or behavioural problems.

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Services

Services

From assessments of thinking skills to behavioural assessments... The type of assessment required will depend upon the purpose for which it is needed. See the types of assessment that are available below.

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Assessment Procedure

Assessment Procedure

Information is gathered from parents and nursery/school on the main strengths and needs of the child or young person and relevant medical and school history, including any support that has been put in place.

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