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    (Original post by Blackstarr)
    So your school cant offer you extra time without the exam board knowing.?

    I think its unfair for the op.

    The school should still give her/ him extr time even if the exam board is unaware?
    It is not the schools who give permission for extra time but the exam boards. For the school to allow it without permission is malpractice.
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    Thanks for the responses! I guess I'll give in the letter and see what school say they can do... I know it's not the GP who organises it, I just wish that she had told me she could provide a letter sooner! And my friend who got 25% extra time didn't need it - that was the point - she deliberately wrote slowly in the test and then was super smug about it afterwards because as she said she 'cheated the system to her advantage'
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    (Original post by Midgeymoo17)
    We and choose the time it stops. And at A level and GCSE you can decide how long stop for. However I know at Uni the Universities will often cap at 15 minutes per hour, but that is still quite a lot. (personally that is about what I take)
    (Original post by Compost)
    You can only have rest breaks for GCSE and A level if it is your normal way of working in school (or for a temporary issue- e.g. broken hand) and your SENCo should have told you how long a rest break you are allowed to have (e.g. up to 5 minutes,)
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    (Original post by blackdiamond97)
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    I have given the rules - they tightened up on it this year with the SENCo now having to decide before the exams how long a rest break would be appropriate for each candidate, given his condition. Midgymoo17 may be telling you what happens in her school as they may not be complying with the current regulations.
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    (Original post by CheetahCurtis)
    You exam board must know or you've essentially cheated (used more time than you're allowed). You and your school would be punished if found out, I don't know whether their school would want to risk being punished just to give that person an extra 15-20 minutes in the exam.
    Ok but how will they will find out, it's not like the invigilators know who is entitled to extra time apart from the teachers?
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    (Original post by Compost)
    It is not the schools who give permission for extra time but the exam boards. For the school to allow it without permission is malpractice.
    So, then, an exam board can reject an applicants extra time?
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    (Original post by Blackstarr)
    So, then, an exam board can reject an applicants extra time?
    Yes. It would be a ridiculous system if every application was automatically accepted. Applications have to fulfill certain criteria to be accepted.
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    (Original post by Blackstarr)
    Ok but how will they will find out, it's not like the invigilators know who is entitled to extra time apart from the teachers?
    If a school is inspected they can be asked to give reasons why people get extra time, rest breaks, etc. as well as show permission from exam boards - they can be caught out that way. Sometimes teachers/staff will tell exam boards, I'm sure they don't want to lose their jobs. Invigilators can ask for further investigation if they suspect someone is not entitled to what they are getting (although it would be something stupid like a student saying they shouldn't get the extra time, they wouldn't do it for no reason as you can't always see why people get extra time). Other students (not the ones getting extra time) can tell people thinking nothing will happen, but it doesn't always stay quiet.

    It's not as though nobody will ever discover that you get extra time, and if you aren't entitled to it people could learn that too.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    I have given the rules - they tightened up on it this year with the SENCo now having to decide before the exams how long a rest break would be appropriate for each candidate, given his condition. Midgymoo17 may be telling you what happens in her school as they may not be complying with the current regulations.
    A word of advice- before claiming someone is not following the Regulations I recommend you read them again at no point does it say the SENCO has to decide how long a rest break should be. What it actually states has a very different meaning altogether- as such our SENCO advises on what is acceptable maximum per hour and what is taking the piss but you still choose with in those constraints when and how long each break is. And by the way all my access arrangements have actually been double checked by Edexcel and AQA not just JCQ due to the percentage extra time I receive. Edit: JCQ actually checked my Invigilator records about two weeks ago when inspecting our colleges access arrangements provision.
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    Damn, i was always offered extra time but refused it. My handwriting is horrible (i hold a pen weirdly, so i have more movement of the pen, which makes my writing look like scribbles and i don't really write in one style but a bunch of them as i get tired; so its hard to know what one scribble is from the other) and i can't type that well ( i can type fast but my hand eye Co is **** , so i hit the wrong key all the time) ...

    My school did give me extra time in the EMPA last year, to my surprise... looked for my paper for 10 mins, held up the exam only to be told i had extra time, so was in a different area of the hall. I then refused it again .. though it would have helped in my essay based subject.my six form made a massive fuss about it, they really wanted me to take it; they called my parent, set up meeting, had 2 meeting with me and then gave it anyway, for me to g back to them and tell them a few weeks before my exams i dont want it or need it .

    The thing is they do test to see if you should get a scribe/laptop, extra time is always the last option, And to get extra time a teacher has to refer you. Anyways i always passed the test with ease, my hand writing is crap, dont get me wrong but i don't think i deserve extra time, and its useless for the subjects i do, apart from history .

    honestly someone with anxiety should not get extra time ...how does that even make sense. I do think i need it, but i know i will only abuse it, so i refuse ... dont see why some one with anxiety should get extra time, when it should be the last resort for people who cant write well under stress. unless you cant write well under stress, and i mean your handwriting is affected due to the stress of timing; making it hard to read, then you shouldnt get it, simple as .
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    (Original post by blackdiamond97)
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    Sorry, the confusion was partly how I wrote my response. The SENCO will often advise on what is a reasonable maximum based on your normal way of working. However the length of each break and when you take a break is with in your autonomy.
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    (Original post by 08graya)
    Hey

    My GP has written me a letter to give to school requesting that I get extra time in my exams and sit them in a small room - I have severe exam anxiety (that in my mocks prevented me from even looking at the question papers) as well as other mental health issues that have affected me throughout the year. However, she has only given me the letter today and my first exam is on Wednesday!!!! Does anyone know how long it usually takes to hear back from exam boards about extra time? Especially as I am on half term so won't get a chance to discuss with my teacher until Monday!

    Thanks!
    I believe it takes a few months, as you have to get approval from the examination boards.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    Yes. It would be a ridiculous system if every application was automatically accepted. Applications have to fulfill certain criteria to be accepted.
    The last sentence is not entirely accurate advice. Applications do not have to fulfil certain criteria to be accepted. There is criteria set out for automatic acceptance. But failure to meet the criteria exactly does not automatically mean rejection. Where the standard criteria set out by the JCQ are not fulfilled for the Access Arrangement requested the request will be forwarded to the special considerations panel at the relevant awarding body who will consider the application as a whole. If the standard criteria set out by JCQ are no fulfilled the chances of rejection are higher- but you are not guaranteed rejection.
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    (Original post by libidothief)
    Sorry, you have a good reason. I'm on about the people who just write slowly without any actual joint problems. Also anxiety can be a chemical imbalance in the brain - unstoppable.
    Yeah sorry I was just being picky about the use of always. I know how angry you are as I hate people who milk the system as well.
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    (Original post by Midgeymoo17)
    A word of advice- before claiming someone is not following the Regulations I recommend you read them again at no point does it say the SENCO has to decide how long a rest break should be
    The regulations http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/a...ents-2015-2016 state:
    The duration of the supervised rest break should be determined by the SENCobefore the start of the examination series.
    which seems pretty clear to me.
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    (Original post by Midgeymoo17)
    The last sentence is not entirely accurate advice. Applications do not have to fulfil certain criteria to be accepted. There is criteria set out for automatic acceptance. But failure to meet the criteria exactly does not automatically mean rejection. Where the standard criteria set out by the JCQ are not fulfilled for the Access Arrangement requested the request will be forwarded to the special considerations panel at the relevant awarding body who will consider the application as a whole. If the standard criteria set out by JCQ are no fulfilled the chances of rejection are higher- but you are not guaranteed rejection.
    Applications do have to fulfil certain criteria to be accepted otherwise how can any application be assessed, whether by the online algorithm or a real person? You appear to be fixated on the mechanics of this and not on the principles involved.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    Applications do have to fulfil certain criteria to be accepted otherwise how can any application be assessed, whether by the online algorithm or a real person? You appear to be fixated on the mechanics of this and not on the principles involved.
    Fixated on you use of the word "fulfilled" yes because it does not accurately represent the process. You do not have to fulfil the critera, you are assessed against it, hence to find the best match where match may not be fulfilment (example below).

    For start I refer to p24 of the regulation you linked. A standard score of 85 or less almost (with evidential support) almost guarantees 25 % extra time but scores in the region of 85-89 may also in exceptional circumstances.

    This also to other arrangements. This is true for all other percentages of extra time and I know this from experience as the percentage extra time I receive changes between 25 and 50 percent depending on the demands of the paper. I do not actually quite meet the JCQ requirement for 50 percent- hence not granted on all papers. However I am one standard score point above the JCQ requirement. Since this was very close to the JCQ requirement and I had other learning Difficulties which alone would each meet the criteria for 25% extra time under those regulations the SENCO made an application that referred to the awarding body. The awarding body granted the 50 % on the requested papers (about 1/3 of my exams) due to the nature of the exam papers and my specific profile of difficulties (both SpLD and
    physical) better matching the criteria for 50%. As pointed out the overall consideration could not be performed by an algorithm that gives a simple pass/fail. Now if you really feel you know better than one of the Exam Boards specialist assessing teams who are paid to uphold the JCQ Regulations feel free to argue this is unfair but official approval was sought for it.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    The regulations http://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/a...ents-2015-2016 state:
    The duration of the supervised rest break should be determined by the SENCobefore the start of the examination series.
    which seems pretty clear to me.
    well that does not fit the example you gave either. However I do apologise I probably remembering the previous regulations as this is my 6th Year of public examinations. If you read my earlier posts my SENCo has actually issued advisory on the length of rest allowed per unit time with variations depending on the problem. She has not however not said that my 15 mins per/hr must be taken as a one 15 minute break or 3 5minutes. As that would be unsuitable to the nature of my disability the effects of which will change based on length and number of exams taken. Hence what I was trying to say it that the length of each break and when they are taken is upto me- but not exceeding the allowance deemed reasonable by my SENCO.
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    (Original post by rimstone)
    honestly someone with anxiety should not get extra time ...how does that even make sense. I do think i need it, but i know i will only abuse it, so i refuse ... dont see why some one with anxiety should get extra time, when it should be the last resort for people who cant write well under stress. unless you cant write well under stress, and i mean your handwriting is affected due to the stress of timing; making it hard to read, then you shouldnt get it, simple as .
    why should someone with anxiety not get extra time? I have a number of mental illnesses and am actually eligible according to the exam board guidelines. The fact that I have a chemical imbalance in my brain is not my fault and so therefore I am at a disadvantage compared to other candidates, yes everyone gets anxious about exams but not to the point where they didn't go in to school, skipped most of their lessons, and repeated a year... I have huge panic attacks before any exam and spend a majority of the time trying to calm myself down and to focus on the paper. I personally think it's quite reasonable....
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    (Original post by 08graya)
    why should someone with anxiety not get extra time? I have a number of mental illnesses and am actually eligible according to the exam board guidelines. The fact that I have a chemical imbalance in my brain is not my fault and so therefore I am at a disadvantage compared to other candidates, yes everyone gets anxious about exams but not to the point where they didn't go in to school, skipped most of their lessons, and repeated a year... I have huge panic attacks before any exam and spend a majority of the time trying to calm myself down and to focus on the paper. I personally think it's quite reasonable....
    Hmm i guess in your case it okay. But im not really the judge, And yes everyone gets anxiety and i dont see why that should lead ti extra time. Like i said, i was told by 2 school now, that extra time is a last resort, for people who would be affect by using a scribe and those who can't type well enough to use a laptop ( school over use it way too much, many teachers can't be asked to look over cases, which leads to more pople being given the option of extra time, the test tasker and speical needs overlookers,also over use extra time, even though its a last resort for the people that most need it. At the end of the day even for people with bad handwriting like myself what is extra even going to do/ why is it there, no one is going to write slower in an exam to make i easier to read, i know i wouldnt ). How does anxiety affect your writing so badly that you need extra time ? . though my view point in more on handwriting rather than anxiety. Also i dont see what gains there are for someone with anxiety to get extra time. personally as someone who refused it countless times, i think everyone should have a fair chance,.... if your anxiety is that bad, then well okay you should have it, but im most cases, anxiety isnt a good enough excuse, since anxiety occurs for everyone and anyone. In your case its a chemical imbalance rather than you just claiming anxiety,, so i guess extra time is okay, but i dont see how extra time is going to help....
 
 
 
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