I found your story really interesting. I'm 16 and I have dyspraxia too. Some of your experiences sound similar to mine.
I did my GCSEs last year and I had 25 percent extra time. I found it all incredibly difficult but I was determined to work hard and do my best so, for three months, I just shut myself off from the world and studied with all my might. It was hard to revise because writing stuff out made my hand ache and nothing was going in because I was concentrating on the writing, and I am useless at art so 'fun' spiderdiagrams were hard too but I managed. I also found other ways to revise like typing things, highlighting key words, making tapes and listening to them, getting people to verbally test me and writing key words and, using post it notes, sticking them on the walls.
When I was at school, particulary primary school, it was hard for some people to except that I had problems because they couldn't see dyspraxia and, unfortunatly some people are unable to see past the end of their nose.
Things improved at senior school, as well as extra time I was given a computer to do my exams on and a laptop to use in most lessons. The other pupils never bullied me or anything but some of them made it quite clear that they didn't like the 'very loud and annoying' noice of the laptop (which was very ironic because they were the people who made the most noise in class anyway) and they thought it wasn't fair that 'she gets to use a laptop.'
I was like you. I didn't like to be seen as 'different'. I didn't want to draw attention to myself. I just wanted to be invisable. So often I'd 'forget' my laptop or it 'wouldn't print out.' Actually there WERE a lot of problems with it but they could have been sorted. Looking back it's a shame I did that. If I'd have used my laptop all the time people would probably have got used to it and it was only a small minority that it 'disturbed' anyway.
Anyway, I felt that I really needed the 25 percent extra time I got in my exams. Even though on some subjects, like English language and literature I finished within the 'normal' time I used the extra time to check my work, and I was suprised at how many mistakes I made. It didn't have to use all of the extra time, or even any of it, for drama I left when the 'normal' time was up.
I achieved three Bs, 1 C and 4 Ds in my GCSEs.
I went to a VERY acedemic school and compared to everyone else my results were below average but I was estatic because I'd worked so hard and I was sure the only subjects I had got good grades in were the Englishes (both Bs.) I was even pleased with my Ds, I got a DD for science and I was convinced I'd got a U!
This is going on forever, so I'd better finish soon. I guess what I'm trying to say is dyspraxia has taught me a lot and one of those things is to TEXT be ashamed of it, or try and ignore it, because it won't go away. I've met all kinds of people, some understanding, some not, but I can rest assured that I and the people I care about most have enough intelligence to understand my disability and that's the most important thing.