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Which Students May Benefit?

Digital papers are for candidates who have difficulty reading or accessing the ordinary paper based exam paper, or with writing their answers.

Digital papers are a type of Assessment Arrangement - one of many methods of support you can use in the examination, such as a reader or scribe. You need to think about whether using technology and/or a digital paper is the best method of support, or whether other methods are more suitable. Visit the SQA Assessment Arrangement web pages to find out more about Assessment Arrangements.

Consider:

  • The examination.
    What does the assessment involve and what's involved in reading and answering the questions?
  • The needs and skills of the candidate.
    Does the candidate need help to see the paper, read the paper, physically handle the paper, to write or record their answers, or for some other reason?
  • The most appropriate method of support.
    How will a Digital Paper or use of technology help this candidate in this examination? Using technology offers independence and should always be considered ahead of methods that aren't so independent, but some learners may need different methods of support for particular subjects. The digital option is not always most suitable.
 

The most appropriate method of support

Method of support a digital paper provides Difficulty seeing
(visual impairment)
Difficulty reading
(dyslexia, ASD, learning difficulty, hearing impairment)
  Difficulty handling the paper
(physical disability)
Difficulty with hand writing Difficulty with spelling
Zoom / magnify
yes
yes
no
no
no
Change background colours
yes
yes
no
no
no
Read questions with Computer Reader
yes
yes
no
no
no
Use keyboard or mouse to turn pages
yes
no
yes
no
no
Type with keyboard or keyboard alternative
yes
no
yes
yes
no
Spellchecker or word prediction
no
no
no
no
yes
Speech Recognition
no
no
yes
yes
yes
On-screen keyboard with mouse, switches, eye-gaze etc
no
no
yes
yes
no