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Style of assessment.

Student perspective

"Generalising about the styles of assessment that suit dyslexic students is problematic, but students do come to us when they are consistently getting lower marks for a particular kind of assessment. They have revised thoroughly and feel that they know the material, but then fail or do much worse than in other assessments."

Source: Academic Support tutor, June 2007.

Teaching methods

Inclusive teaching:

  • Offer a variety of assessment styles.
  • Be aware of consistent discrepancies between marks for different kinds of assessment.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.." Duration: 5 minutes : 3 seconds

Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.

"…one thing I really noticed was that the dyslexic students did better than they typically did and indeed have tended to do better than the other students in this…" (5 min 3s video by Richard Field)

Reasonable adjustments:

  • Consider changing the style of assessment between first sits and re-sits if the style of the assessment was problematic at the first sit.
  • Be open to negotiating adjustments where problems are apparent.
  • Consider offering an alternative form of assessment.

In more depth

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Negotiating reasonable adjustments for online exams.." Duration: 3 minutes : 4 seconds

Negotiating reasonable adjustments for online exams.

"…I think the first thing is we would try and liaise with the student to find out why they felt they would be disadvantaged by taking the exam online…" (3 min 4s video by Simon Wilkinson)

Dyslexia video: "Making individual adjustments for online exams.." Duration: 2 minutes : 56 seconds

Making individual adjustments for online exams.

"…We can send exam papers in both colours to both these students simultaneously just by pressing a few buttons…" (2 min 56s video by Simon Wilkinson et al.)

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