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    Hi! I'm new here and I have a question about using a laptop instead of handwriting exams.

    I have a lot of health issues and one of the worst affected areas is my eyes - I've had 4 eye operations in the last year and go in for my 5th next week. These ops take a few weeks to recover from and my eyesight is shocking!

    My sixth form offered me either a laptop or a scribe for the upcoming A2 exams, I didn't want a scribe because I thought it would put me off so I've opted for a laptop so I can make the font big etc etc.

    My question is, has anyone used one before and has any advice/tips or can tell me what its like? I'm scared its going to be so different to what I'm used too that its going to throw me off when I'm actually in the exam and I might not do as well.

    Thanks! (ps: I study Law, Geography and English Lit and have accepted an offer to study BSc Geography at Portsmouth - so Geography is the main one I'm worried about!)

    Hi, I'm dyspraxic and have had use of a laptop since year 10 (I am in year 12). Now, I mainly use it in English and History as they are my only two essay subjects. I don't know how it will work for you, but when there were a few of us all needing a computer at the same time for an exam, they put us in a room together, but if there were only one or two of us, we'd be put at the back of the hall so no one could see the screen. I have to use word pad as it does not have spell check for exams so I don't gain an advantage by having it. You will have to wait at the exam to ensure that your work has been printed properly and you will have to sign it, but otherwise it would be the same as if you weren't using it.
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