Big print exam papers?

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Big print exam papers?

Postby olivia5 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:33 pm

Hi,

i have no problem with sight but my specialist teacher picked up in the assessment for a transcript and reader that I need bigger print exam papers because of my processing, my SENCO said that they could do this for me.

Anyone else had this? does it help?


Thanks!
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Re: Big print exam papers?

Postby babooshka2002 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:34 pm

I had this, yes. I have no problems with sight either, but I do have a funny little oddity that was picked up in the Ed Psych assessment that I process visual information in an unusual way. Part of the test was putting a set of four pictures in order to tell a story. I did it eventually with some clues, but I was waaay outside the time limit and she noticed from my thinking aloud while trying to do it that I was zooming in on tiny little details within the pictures - the position of a rope on a bar surface, that sort of thing, rather than seeing the shape of the story like most people do. From this she decided that I would have issues with complex visual materials, so they provided me with exams in A3 instead of A4. To be honest I'm not sure why my tendency to zoom in on tiny details would lead to the idea of making ALL the details bigger, but I'm sure it made perfect sense to them!

Personally, I was quite grateful for this but mostly because of my writing. My writing isn't small and neat, and I had trouble with writing within normal-sized lines, so the oversized lines were helpful to me in that aspect - the extra space accommodated my big clumsy letters very nicely. Since I didn't have any comparison with doing the exam at normal size I couldn't tell if it helped my visual processing any, but it might have done, I don't know.

The problem with this was that my school used tiny tiny special exam desks to cram as many people into one place as possible. This was most definitely an issue for me because the papers were too big for the desks, so any time I stopped actively holding onto the paper it went slithering to the floor and a teacher had to come and pick it up for me, which happened repeatedly in every exam. If your school uses tiny exam desks for exams, I would ask them if you can use a full-sized desk so that you are less likely to have this problem.
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Re: Big print exam papers?

Postby olivia5 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:19 pm

Hi,

Thanks for this information, It got picked up in my report for a scribe and reader, I think i might be in another room so I'm not sure if it will be a problem for the paper to fall of the desk but i'll tell my SENCO this incase.

I'm glad they helped and I'm actually glad that I'm getting this now because i reckon this may help! how big was the font?



Thanks again for your comment!
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Re: Big print exam papers?

Postby babooshka2002 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:28 pm

You're welcome. :)

I guess the font of the text must have been twice the normal size. Any graphs and images were also twice normal size, which I was especially pleased with in History, because we had some satirical cartoons to look at from the Second World War, and I liked them being twice the size - made it much easier to look at properly.

I had 25% extra time in all my exams too, but I was still in the same room as the others for all exams except History. I just stayed in the room for 15-20 minutes after everyone else had left.
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