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A-level exams. Hurt hand

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sswats, 20 May 2006.

  1. sswats

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,199

    My sister has an exam next friday, but this week she cut her writing hand deeply, to the bone practically, needing stitches.

    So she went to the school and said if its possible to extend the time slightly to accomodate her.

    They told her no, and that she has 2 options.
    To not take the exam at all.
    To get someone to write for her.

    So i just would like to know what are the rules concerning these situations.
    We can obviously get a GP letter confirming it but its plain to see her hand is cut deeply but she can still write with it, just maybe not for 2 hours continuously or too quickly.

    What to do?
    Last edited: 20 May 2006
  2. Psypher5


    Joined: 11 Jan 2005

    Posts: 9,960

    Location: Birmingham

    It depends on what exam surely?

    In high school I remember a similar incident, and the child in question had to tell a teacher what to write/spellings and such while sat next to them in a seperate room. I don't feel you could do your best in that situation though.
  3. Adam_151


    Joined: 18 May 2004

    Posts: 2,770

    Location: Lincoln, Uk

    Phone the exam board for advise, maybe they can arrange for her to sit the exam at a different centre, where provisions to cater for her injury may be more forthcomming
  4. sswats

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,199

    Psychology exam. so plenty of essay writing.
  5. spirit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    well, at my school something similar happened, they got to use computer with extended time (with letters from drs etc) [at least im pretty sure thats what happened]
  6. Nazbit


    Joined: 11 Dec 2004

    Posts: 3,868

    This happened in my school when my friend couldnt write, he had to have someone from the exam board come in a few weeks before to asses him, but he was allowed to use a laptop to type all of his exams.
  7. sswats

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,199

    Well i found some info on the edxcel webpage where it says the head of centre can give upto 25% extra time without needing to apply to the examining board if there's a disability.
    And can provide rest breaks if needed

    I think the school is just being a ****.
  8. PinkFloyd


    Joined: 21 Sep 2005

    Posts: 14,419

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    I agree.

    Thats terrible that the school are offering no usefull support.
  9. Wallace


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 948

    Location: Bath

    Broke my arm for my GCSEs, had a scribe to write my answers for me... Whats the problem with that? As long as it isn't a language paper (I had predicted grades for french writing/reading exams).

    Didn't hinder my performance at all.
  10. Gman


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,746

    When I did my English GCSE Resit at the start of my Alevels I broke my right hand . In the end I had to have someone write for me :( but the time limit was extended.

    But t was one of the worst things i;ve had to do, its just not the same trying to dictate everything your wanting to write.
  11. Nix


    Joined: 26 Dec 2005

    Posts: 19,839

    I had 6 hours worth of a-level exams in the same day. It hurts your hand... yes :p

    TBH, I think the extension is more down to the exam board than the school itself isn't it? I can't imagine doing my best if I'm telling someone what to write. Thoughts would come less fluently I would imagine. Is she not able to say, type it on a laptop or something and have spell check etc disabled?
  12. ballistic


    Joined: 15 May 2006

    Posts: 2,278

    how did she hurt her wrist... i mean her hand? ;)
  13. p4radox


    Joined: 1 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,767

    Location: Prague

    I cut my thumb really badly a month or 2 before my GCSEs, and severed a few tendons in it. I got a doctor's note which meant I could have extra time or rest breaks in each exam involving writing. Luckily I had good physio and it was ok for the exams so I didn't need the extra time.
  14. DarkShadow


    Joined: 14 Apr 2004

    Posts: 11,757

    Location: Sheffield

    Dude . . . That's wrong on so many levels.

    I'v recently asked for concession within the exams and they're allowing me a short supervised break, internally of course.

    As said the school is being a pain.

    I have a Psychology exam next week, 3 hours :(
  15. matthew_o50


    Joined: 13 Jan 2003

    Posts: 3,202

    Location: Belfast

    They should be able to offer her extra time. I get 25% extra time for each of my exams because i'm visually impaired which means it takes me much longer reading and writing neatly. In saying that though I rarely use it and in most exams i'm finished before any of the normal people in my class.
  16. geeza


    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 9,206

    go and get a doctors note. I think they have to let her have time off them