Louise Upton, Data & Exams Manager from Retford Oaks Academy provided the following feedback about the C-Pen Exam Reader:
Describe your school:
We are an 11-18 Academy, we have been an academy for three years but a school for a lot more, we are based in Retford Nottinghamshire
Did you trial the C-Pen Exam Reader initially, if so, what “review process” did you follow and what conclusions did you draw?
We trialled a WizCom ExamPen which we did not like as the voice was terrible and the students could not hear it correctly. We then discovered the newer C-Pen Exam Reader and requested a trial. The C-Pen Exam Reader is amazing!
The teaching assistants, teaching staff and students love the C-Pen Exam Reader for use in exams and can hear the voice clearly and use it easily. We ordered 10 C-Pen Exam Reader as a result of this.
What do you most like about the C-Pen Exam Reader?
I like the C-Pen Exam Reader as it is small enough to use, easy to use and clear to hear the results. The students love it because of this.
Please describe how you are using the C-Pen Exam Reader?
We will be using the C-Pen Exam Reader in trial and real exams with the students in a separate room this year so they can trial it without the fuss of being in the hall. Next year we will be using the CPen Exam Reader in the hall with everyone else when the students are used to it.
Please describe how the use of the C-Pen Exam Reader has affected your students?
The students love the C-Pen Exam Reader as lots of our students actually only use a teaching assistant for the occasional word and not for the whole exam. At present they feel conscious asking for help from a teaching assistant so don’t ask for help. With the C-Pen Exam Reader they do not need to ask for help as they can just use the C-Pen Exam Reader. This is improving their actual confidence in exams, their performance as they can read the word with the C-Pen Exam Reader and the whole attitude to exams.
What do the students say about the pen?
Our students love the C-Pen Exam Reader as it is easy to use and they can use it as and when they want it.
Please describe any other areas in school you feel the C-Pen Exam Reader has helped?
It has saved us money at Retford Oaks Academy as we do not need to use the teaching assistants that we would have used previously, we can use the C-Pen Exam Reader for ease and from an exams perspective it saves me finding rooms, teaching assistants who are not utilised as students didn’t want to ask for a single word and it will help with our results as the students will be able to read the papers easier.
How likely are you to recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to others?
I would recommend the C-Pen Exam Reader to any school as it is amazing.
What changes would most improve the C-Pen Exam Reader?
I don’t think it needs changing at all as it is perfect as it is!