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    I'm not really sure where to post this but I have been offered a laptop for my exams (Economics, English Literature and History) because I have Asperger's Syndrome and I've had complaints of bad handwriting and I can type very quickly, anyway. I am going to have rest breaks but I'm not sure about the laptop. Any advice would be welcome on if it helps or not etc.

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    I'm not really sure where to post this but I have been offered a laptop for my exams (Economics, English Literature and History) because I have Asperger's Syndrome and I've had complaints of bad handwriting and I can type very quickly, anyway. I am going to have rest breaks but I'm not sure about the laptop. Any advice would be welcome on if it helps or not etc.

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    I am entitled to a laptop but my subjects are mostly working based, maths etc.. Therefore I have only used it for one exam, IGCSE English last year. It increased the speed at which I could put down the answers the questions, but it didn't really help or hinder me in general. It just meant I spent more time thinking about what to write rather than spending the time writing.
    That's one of my only two exams last year that went badly, but I don't think that's related.
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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    I'm not really sure where to post this but I have been offered a laptop for my exams (Economics, English Literature and History) because I have Asperger's Syndrome and I've had complaints of bad handwriting and I can type very quickly, anyway. I am going to have rest breaks but I'm not sure about the laptop. Any advice would be welcome on if it helps or not etc.
    The rules actually say that you can only have a laptop in exams if it is your normal way of working so if you never do then don't just do it for the exam.

    If you get a laptop it will only come with basic typing functions - you don't get Word as that gives you facilities such as spell check that you're not allowed. Many schools give you Notepad which means that you get a very wide 'page' and you can't see everything at once - try it out on a computer.

    However, using a laptop does mean that you won't lose marks because the examiner can't read your writing and you can structure your answer better as you can add things into what you've already written more easily.

    I'd suggest you try writing an essay on Notepad and see what you think.
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    The rules actually say that you can only have a laptop in exams if it is your normal way of working so if you never do then don't just do it for the exam.

    If you get a laptop it will only come with basic typing functions - you don't get Word as that gives you facilities such as spell check that you're not allowed. Many schools give you Notepad which means that you get a very wide 'page' and you can't see everything at once - try it out on a computer.

    However, using a laptop does mean that you won't lose marks because the examiner can't read your writing and you can structure your answer better as you can add things into what you've already written more easily.

    I'd suggest you try writing an essay on Notepad and see what you think.
    Yes, it's my normal way of working as I type up my notes anyway and as long as I have used it for a set period of time, it'll be all right. I'll try Notepad! Thanks!

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