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    something which has come to my attention and its begining to piss me off, is how many of my mates now qualify for extra time, by having a test for 100-200 quid and 'failing'. I do understand some people are genuinly slower at writing, and of course deserve extra time, but its starting to get rediculas. Often myself i find it hard to finish exams, but i cannot afford the money to have a test which might be inconclusive. Why is there not some kind of compulsary govt test to assert things like dyslexia? I just think everyone should be given equal oppertunity to extra time, i know if i had it then i would have got a few more A's at GCSE at least, because i got a B in English because i didnt finish.

    What do u think?

    Indeed ultimately exams donot need to be timed, and in a perfect world they would not be, because no matter how long u think of something (ie maths) there is going to be a point where it simply aint goin to improve.
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    (Original post by thatsthebadger)
    something which has come to my attention and its begining to piss me off, is how many of my mates now qualify for extra time, by having a test for 100-200 quid and 'failing'. I do understand some people are genuinly slower at writing, and of course deserve extra time, but its starting to get rediculas. Often myself i find it hard to finish exams, but i cannot afford the money to have a test which might be inconclusive. Why is there not some kind of compulsary govt test to assert things like dyslexia? I just think everyone should be given equal oppertunity to extra time, i know if i had it then i would have got a few more A's at GCSE at least, because i got a B in English because i didnt finish.

    What do u think?

    Indeed ultimately exams donot need to be timed, and in a perfect world they would not be, because no matter how long u think of something (ie maths) there is going to be a point where it simply aint goin to improve.
    one of my friends had ME when he was younger but didn't have it when he did exams at A level, but still got the extra time. He was a complete genius anyway, and just used the time to write 16 sides in one history exam!!!

    It really wasn't fair.
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    With respect, I think this thread is in the wrong category. Should be moved to the university/school stuff. Moderators?
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    (Original post by thatsthebadger)
    something which has come to my attention and its begining to piss me off, is how many of my mates now qualify for extra time, by having a test for 100-200 quid and 'failing'. I do understand some people are genuinly slower at writing, and of course deserve extra time, but its starting to get rediculas. Often myself i find it hard to finish exams, but i cannot afford the money to have a test which might be inconclusive. Why is there not some kind of compulsary govt test to assert things like dyslexia? I just think everyone should be given equal oppertunity to extra time, i know if i had it then i would have got a few more A's at GCSE at least, because i got a B in English because i didnt finish.

    What do u think?

    Indeed ultimately exams donot need to be timed, and in a perfect world they would not be, because no matter how long u think of something (ie maths) there is going to be a point where it simply aint goin to improve.
    The test you refer to can not be 'failed'. There are a number of tests which qualified educational physcologists give people asking for extra time. Things like spoonerisms, memory tests, reversing patterns etc. Since you don't know actually what he/she is looking for you can't cheat the system.

    Secondly, is the fact that dyslexia is a disability. It may not be as obvious as a physical deformity but it can be a major problem. The fact that someone can order their thoughts articulately out loud but not on paper should not be penalised.

    Finally, if you are dyslexic your school/college should give you the opportunity for a test, regardless of your means.
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    can i just point out that not all dislexic (spelling ?)
    people want the extra time they dont like being singled out for being diffetrent so dont be so harsh on them
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    (Original post by angel D)
    can i just point out that not all dislexic (spelling ?)
    people want the extra time they dont like being singled out for being diffetrent so dont be so harsh on them
    it is totally stupid i am against extra time totally, how do you qualify for extra time by the way? i wanna have a go :cool:
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    This might make people cross... my gf is lovely. And she is clever. However apparently, she has 'short term auditory memory' which is exactly what it sounds like. Things she hears, she supposedly has a habit of forgetting. From spending time with her I've not noticed this in any way. Sure she forgets things, but don't we all.

    But anyway, because of having short term auditory memory, she gets extra time in all exams. And that is even though it is accepted by everyone that short term auditory memory and writing essays are totally unconnected.
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    it is totally stupid i am against extra time totally, how do you qualify for extra time by the way? i wanna have a go :cool:
    you get extra time if you have learning disabities (spelling). I got asked if i wanted extra time for my exams, but i did alright in them so i didn't need it.
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    a friend of mine has dyslexica and he needs the extra time, his writing and thought processes are just slower than others. he has problems getting essays in on time for homework because it just takes him a lot longer to plan etc
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    One point that I've heard made is what are employees looking for? They want someone who can apply the knowledge in a timely fashion. Would they give extra time to people who are dyslexic? I know this isn't fair, but when is life fair - I get good grades no problem and some people who work hard fail.

    I'm not insulting those who are dyslexic etc, one of my best friends is dyslexic but I'm just pointing out the lack of realism with extra exam time.
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    (Original post by piginapoke)
    People learn in different ways and at different speeds, and people express themselves in different ways and at different speeds. Is it fair to penalise someone who has the knowledge of a subject, but has some difficulty in completing the exam in the allotted time for some reason? I would say no, surely the point of an exam is to discover what a person has learned about a subject, not how fast they are at reading or writing.
    *agreed*
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    (Original post by winorloose)
    The test you refer to can not be 'failed'. There are a number of tests which qualified educational physcologists give people asking for extra time. Things like spoonerisms, memory tests, reversing patterns etc. Since you don't know actually what he/she is looking for you can't cheat the system.

    Secondly, is the fact that dyslexia is a disability. It may not be as obvious as a physical deformity but it can be a major problem. The fact that someone can order their thoughts articulately out loud but not on paper should not be penalised.

    Finally, if you are dyslexic your school/college should give you the opportunity for a test, regardless of your means.
    what do you mean you can't cheat the system, my friends who took their tests just said they wrote really slowly and painstakingly, threw in a couple of mucked up errors and pressed as hard as they can. Surprisingly they all passed (failed), one of them even used sandpaper to make his hands look red due to the pain of writing.


    Oh yeah and plus why do you get extra time + a laptop concession. Surely the argument behind one cancels out the need for hte other.
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    erm im dsylexic and if u had it you wouldnt be saying these things, it makes life extremely hard, imagine knowing how to spell words but when it comes to writing them it comes out wrong with letters the wrong way round.

    you dont want it and if you have it then you would do easliy chuck the extra time for getting rid of it

    as for it not being realisitic for employers, if its you admit that it is a disadvantage as an employer surely you can realise that we need all the help we can get to have any chance of getting a job

    lastly just cos someone is bright does mean they dont deserve extra time, if they didnt have their disability then they would be even brighter
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    Some people take advantage of the system. I don't really care. People said I was dyslexic when I was a child and I took tests but never had extra time.

    Without extra time, I still got an average of 94% for all 6 A level subjects. But it was damn hard. Just had to write really concise and avoid waffle. In all honesty I don't write much, just that I answer the questions as accurately as possible. It's a technique that has become very useful.
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    Yeah someone in my school gets a laptop in lessons and exams purely because she has bad handwriting. Aparantly it is really easy to get extra time if you try but who cares...if you know your stuff you will most likely get the grade you deserve whether you get 20 minutes extra or not.
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    (Original post by onlylittleme)
    Yeah someone in my school gets a laptop in lessons and exams purely because she has bad handwriting. Aparantly it is really easy to get extra time if you try but who cares...if you know your stuff you will most likely get the grade you deserve whether you get 20 minutes extra or not.
    perhaps, but on exams like geography it can be very difficult to finish all the questions and thus get all the points in. an extra twenty minutes would be really helpful
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    I'm sorry, it just seems that most of the people who are said to have dyslexia only have a mild version. I think that you should have extra time for jobs, I just don't see if that would actually happen. And if you did, people would complain that it was discrimination. Sadly, this world contains people who are equal, but some who are more equal than others.
 
 
 
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