Students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions.
The C-Pen Exam Reader pen scanner is a major technological breakthrough for anyone wanting to read English, Spanish, French, German or Italian exam questions. The C-Pen Exam Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an human-like digital voice.
The Exam Reader has been approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)* for use in exams.
This means students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing
that they can read and understand the questions. No special access arrangements are required.
The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and at 50g is half the weight.
As well as promoting Independent Reading this pen is:
Ideal for hearing words & lines of text read aloud
Great for students with dyslexia, reading difficulties and english as a second language
Designed to allow students to be with their peers in the main exam hall with headphones plugged into their pens
Available in a class set of ten pens
I need help reading an exam paper in:
I have dyslexia and I am learning:
I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:
I have dyslexia and I am learning:
I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:
I am learning English** and my mother tongue is:
I am English and learning:
I am a customer looking for the best line scanner capable of scanning in:
*Note: If you can use a yellow highlighter pen to highlight text in a book/on paper then you could get some use out of this C-Pen
** Note: If you mother tongue is not listed above, the Dictionary Pen will still help you learn English however it will not translate the word back into your language.
Text to speech
Use C-Pen Exam Reader to read printed text for you! C-Pen Exam Reader features a high quality naturally speaking British English, American English, Spanish, French, German or Italian voice.
The C-Pen Exam Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.
Please click here to see how much your school could be saving if it switches from using human readers to using C-Pen Exam Readers instead.
C-PEN EXAM READER SPECIFICATIONS
Screen OLED 256*64
USB Micro USB
Scan Font Size Range 6.5 - 22 pt
Menu Languages English
Certifications CE RoHS FCC
Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g
C-Pen Exam Reader uses a standard micro USB connector for charging, and a standard 3.5 mm connector for your favourite headphones
Products are warranted against defects for 1 year from date of purchase.
We offer schools a free 30 day trial, please send a school purchase order to firstname.lastname@example.org
C610 Exam Reader
September 2016 - This is a centre delegated arrangement. It must be the candidate's normal way of working in class and/or mock examinations. No evidence required. It can be used in the reading section of English GCSE where a human reader isn't allowed.
September 2016 - A computer reader or reading pen is a Group 2 AA and is centre delegated. Use Form 4 to notify CIE of students who use the pen. Reading pens are allowed in the English GCSE reading section. A permitted examination reading pen will not have an in-built dictionary or thesaurus, or data storage facility. All pens must be checked before the examination to ensure they comply with these requirements.
The Exam Reader Pen is allowed in to be used in Key Stage 2 SATs, without prior permission, as long as it is:
normal classroom practice and schools have evidence to show this
the equipment is used on a one-to-one basis, preferably in a separate room to the rest of the cohort
It is not allowed for the English Reading section.
October 2016 - Under current SQA guidance, a centre would need to submit a request to SQA for a candidate to be allowed to use a Reader Pen (this is a pen without a dictionary or storage) in an external examination.
March 2017 – Apply to IB for authorisation
October 2016 - For the internal assessment 'speech functions' are permitted which can include digital reader pens.
Common Entrance recommends JCQ regs are followed, but also asks junior schools to check with the child's potential senior school.
December 2015 - NOCN would consider allowing the reader pen to be used if it is the normal way of working for an individual.
The Exam Reader Pen can be used without prior permission from City & Guilds.
An Exam Reader Pen is permitted without prior approval.
Follows JCQ Regulations – see above
The Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) may approve the use of the Exam Reader C-Pen on a case-by-case basis where supported by evidence, and where the student is familiar with its use. Schools should have a back-up plan in case of equipment failure as this will not be considered as grounds for a score review or Second Sitting.
The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) will accept applications for use of the C-Pen Exam Reader on a case-by-case basis.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will accept applications for use of the C-Pen Exam Reader on a case-by-case basis.
The South Australian Certificate of Education Board (SACE) has approved the use of the Exam Reader Pen under Special Provisions. Schools can make the decision for their students with a qualifying disability without reference to the Board. Schools are also able to impute a disability form based on their own evidence, not only a diagnosis from a psychologist.
The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) will accept applications for use of the C-Pen Exam Reader on a case-by-case basis.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will accept applications for the C-Pen Exam Reader on a case-by-case basis.
The School Curriculum & Standards Authority (SCSA) will accept applications for use of the C-Pen Exam Reader on a case-by-case basis.
SEC encourages access to an exam reading pen as an alternative accommodation to a Reader/Reading Assistant for candidates eligible for these.
IEB are happy to accept applications for the C-Pen Exam Reader.
WCED/NCS are happy to accept applications for the C-Pen Exam Reader.
The above information is provided for reference purposes. Always consult your awarding body for up to date Access Arrangements guidance.
For many years‟ educationists have questioned the emotional impact, alongside the comparative low grades of the dyslexic students when undertaking the GCSE English reading paper. A human reader is not allowed for this section of the paper. The lack of a supportive reader in this particular paper has an impact on the student‟s overall grade. Questions have been asked as to the emotional experiences this particular band of students must face when knowing they are entering an exam with reading THE C PEN EXAM READER – A QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE STUDY - MARCH 30, 2016 4 difficulties, therefore the overwhelming feeling will be that of failure before pen has even touched paper. If given the opportunity to have the English reading paper read to them would the student achieve a greater examination result? A reader is deployed in other examinations to support the achievement of a grade depicting the cognitive abilities of the dyslexic student. The dyslexic students may not lack understanding of their chosen subject; their problem is created by their inability to read the jumping, moving, incomprehensible formation of shapes that are commonly known as words. This is the crux of the problem.
This is the first research study undertaken to look at the impact of a supportive tool, namely the C Pen Exam Reader when utilized by dyslexic students during the GCSE English reading paper (mock). Supportive measures may be in use for other examinations, such as a human reader. However due to the nature of the English Reading Paper examination, a human reader is not allowed. Therefore, the dyslexic student has no supportive element in this paper. Due to no previous research, this initial study will concentrate on suggestions for future studies alongside the quantitative and qualitative aspects of this study.
Hypothesis: Use of the Exam Reader Pen by dyslexic students in the GCSE English Reading Paper will support students in achieving an improved grade and impact on their emotional well-being, namely confidence and attitude to learning.
The Impact of ExamReaders in Exams for Students with EAL, SEN or Low Reading Ages - Dr Trudy Coleman, City Norwich Academy
The aim of this project was to identify to what extent ExamReader Pens are able to support EAL, SEND and students with low reading ages in their GCSE exams. EAL students with identified SEND are at the greatest risk in regards to low attainment; when compared to EAL student with no recorded SEND, those with School Action, School Action Plus and statements are 16, 24 and 40 NC months behind their counterparts (Strand, et al. 2015). Students with both EAL and SEND are denied access arrangements (for example readers and extra time) during public exams due to their EAL status. However, they are able to make use of ExamReader Pens (for example C-Pen ExamReader) which have been approved by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams without any special access arrangements.
Free 30 day trials are available for schools, colleges and universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Districts in the USA and Canada may also apply. COBIS and BSME affiliated schools located outside of these countries may too apply. Everybody else should order from here and may return within 30 days if they find the product unsuitable.