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Students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The C-Pen Exam Reader


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
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Which pen is right for me?

Exam Reader

I need help reading an exam paper in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • French
  • Italian
  • German

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • French
  • Italian
  • German

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Pen

I have dyslexia and I am learning:

  • English
  • Spanish

I have some sight loss* and I am trying to read in:

  • English 
  • Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dictionary Pen

I am learning English and my mother tongue is:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

I am English and learning:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

I am a customer looking for the best line scanner capable of scanning in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Mandarin

*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


Flyers

UK
US

(plus note the price on the UK Class Pack flyer is incorrect)


“A permitted examination reading pen will not have an in-built dictionary or thesaurus, or a data storage facility.

The use of an examination reading pen, provided by the centre, might benefit those candidates who wish to work independently who do not qualify for a reader. It may increase the independence of candidates who needed a reader for accuracy rather than comprehension.

An examination reading pen may be used in papers (or sections of papers) testing
reading.”
— JCQ 2016/17 Statement

 

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Key Product Features


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. 

Compact

The C-Pen Exam Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read. 

Cost Savings

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
CPU 600MHz
USB Micro USB
Earphone 3.5mm
Battery 1,200mAh
Scan Font Size Range 6.5 - 22 pt
Menu Languages English
Certifications CE RoHS FCC
Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g

Interfaces

C-Pen Exam Reader uses a standard micro USB connector for charging, and a standard 3.5 mm connector for your favourite headphones

Support

Free support is available.  The manual is here in English, here in French and here in Spanish.

Warranty

Products are warranted against defects for 1 year from date of purchase.

Trial

We offer schools a free 30 day trial, please send a school purchase order to orders@scanningpens.com

Package Contents

C610 Exam Reader
Carry Case
USB Cable
Instruction Manual
Headphones

 
 

UK Case Studies


International Case Studies


Quotes


“I always have to have my tests read aloud. I have to go to my case managers room. She let me use this pen and stay in my class. It was awesome. I got to turn my test in at the same time as the other kids.”
— Mac, 8th grade boy - reading disability
As the demand for exam access arrangements increases we have had to look for alternative methods that are both cost effective and pupil friendly. A laptop is not an ideal solution, and a reader plus a chaperone expensive. Over the last three months we have trialled C-Pen ExamReader.

Our chosen pupils will require a variety of arrangements including readers. The trial has altered our thoughts on access arrangements for such pupils. The C-Pen has been a great success for both us and the pupils. We have now taken delivery of more C-Pens and The pupils will have their own C-Pen and use them not only in the Summer’s public exams but also in the classroom from now on.

We have also purchased The C-Pen ReaderPen for our reluctant readers in the lower school. We are now trialling them for two months.
— Bill Dewberry, Chingford Foundation School
This exam pen is easy to use, it fits well in the hand and feels completely natural. The reading speed can be altered easily, however it is a nice speed as it comes on medium mode. Within 5 minutes of opening the box I felt like I was reading with my finger.
— Conor Quigley, age 14
Having tried several different technologies I was slightly sceptical but once the trial pen arrived I was very impressed with its ease of use. Very intuitive - literally needs no instructions. Very good pen. Several students have now grown used to using it which means they are actually having text read to them more often. They were students who previously did not put their hand up often enough to ask for information to be read as they were too embarrassed.

A great user friendly pen and if the cost was lower we would have bought more.
— Senco, John Cabot Academy

3rd Party Reviews


 

Exam Board Information


Joint Council for Qualifications – JCQ (AQA, OCR, Pearson, City & Guilds, CEA, WJEC CBAC)

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.

Cambridge International Examinations – CIE

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.

Key Stage 2 SATs

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.

Scottish Qualifications Authority - SQA

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. 

International Baccalaureate – IB

March 2017 – Apply to IB for authorisation

International Baccalaureate CAREER RELATED PROGRAMME

October 2016 - For the internal assessment 'speech functions' are permitted which can include digital reader pens.

Common Entrance - CE

Common Entrance recommends JCQ regs are followed, but also asks junior schools to check with the child's potential senior school.

National Open College Network –NOCN

December 2015 - NOCN would consider allowing the reader pen to be used if it is the normal way of working for an individual.

City & Guilds

The Exam Reader Pen can be used without prior permission from City & Guilds.

Functional Skills

An Exam Reader Pen is permitted without prior approval. 

Business and Technology Education Council – BTEC

Follows JCQ Regulations – see above

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The above information is provided for reference purposes.  Always consult your awarding body for up to date Access Arrangements guidance.

 
 

Academic Research


The C Pen Exam Reader - A quantitative and qualitative Study by Garner Education Services Ltd, March 30, 2016 

 
 

Contact Us


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Free 30 day trials are available for schools & universities. Individuals should order from here and may return within 2 weeks if they find the product unsuitable.

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Once the pen arrives, if you are unsure about any of the features please call us. The pen will come with an invoice which should be processed after 30 days, or alternatively if you wish to return the pen please contact us for a Returns Number.
 

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