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    The number of people who take advantage of the system is ridiculous, I can only wish I did the same. If I had extra time or a laptop then I would have got better grades 100%!

    I personally don't understand why some people are given this aid. I thought the aim of GCSEs were to distinguish those more talented individuals from those who are less talented? Why should somebody be given more time than another person (excluding some situations)?
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    Some people are allowed extra time if they have a special need; dyslexia, adhd etc.
    Others are allowed to use computers if they have a disability where they either cannot write effectively in the certain amount of time provided for the intial exam, or cannot write at all!
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    (Original post by spidgetfinner7)
    Some people are allowed extra time if they have a special need; dyslexia, adhd etc.
    Others are allowed to use computers if they have a disability where they either cannot write effectively in the certain amount of time provided for the intial exam, or cannot write at all!
    Some special needs I can understand.. but some of them have no affect on the ability to do an exam..
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    i didn’t use a laptop in my gcses and i found it really difficult to complete my essay exams due to a joint condition combined with a bad injury causing major pain in my writing hand when holding a pen - because of this, it has been requested by my gp that i use a laptop for my a level exams as i am taking 3 essay subjects and writing for that length of time is doing damage to something that is already fairly serious.
    however, i do agree that some people truly abuse the system, for me it wasn’t so bad at gcse, the main people who got extra time were those with conditions such as dyslexia and someone who had cerebral palsy - all fairly understandable reasons, and very few people used computers. however coming into sixth form, the teachers are requesting that people use a laptop because they have “bad handwriting”!? in those scenarios it’s ridiculous. anyone entitled to extra time or the use of a computer should have them in order to level the playing field, not to push them ahead
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    (Original post by Traore)
    Some special needs I can understand.. but some of them have no affect on the ability to do an exam..
    and those are?
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    Oh no.

    Not this again
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    because some people have disabilities which examiners need to cater for , not everyone is the same ability

    and you're right gcses are to distinguish people abilities , the extra help is there so people start at the same natural ability (roughly anyway)
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    I mean if your school is trying to offer computers and aid to people who don't have learning disabilities..??.
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    This thread reminds me of this weird guy in my old school who would act as if he had some sort of disability when it came to exams(And could sit the exams in another room with NO INVIGILATOR) but when playing **** like League of Legends he was 100% fine
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    (Original post by Traore)
    The number of people who take advantage of the system is ridiculous, I can only wish I did the same. If I had extra time or a laptop then I would have got better grades 100%!

    I personally don't understand why some people are given this aid. I thought the aim of GCSEs were to distinguish those more talented individuals from those who are less talented? Why should somebody be given more time than another person (excluding some situations)?
    As a previous recipient of this assistance, I totally agree. I got 25% extra time and the option to use a laptop (I rejected that though) because I had an EHCP due to my high-functioning autism. This was totally useless to me as I would often finish exams in half the normal time limit. The problem is that assistance is given to blanket groups (such as all those with special needs), regardless what their needs are. There definitely needs to be a crackdown.
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    I'm left handed and never quite learned how to write properly but if that is the reason I don't get the grade I deserve I'll be damned.
 
 
 

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