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Reliant on readers, Stuck with scribes or independent with ICT? Can technology replace human support in examinations?

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherGlobal Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


Over 10% of candidates sitting formal examinations in Scotland require some sort of support. In thousands of assessments, a practitioner reads the questions to the candidate and scribes their dictated answers. In 2008, the Scottish Qualifications Authority introduced digital question papers that can be read using text-to-speech software, with answer boxes for candidates to type responses. These have proved very successful and over half the schools in Scotland now use the papers. How do candidates, schools and the examination board benefit from these digital question papers?

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