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  • How will extra time apply for alternative assessments? 

The most common accommodation for end of semester timed assessments is extra time, this is usually 10 minutes per hour. Using that as a template, an open book exam to be completed over 24 hours would attract an additional 4 hours; an assessment over 48 hours an additional 8 hours; and so on. 


Assistive Technology in Exams

Text to Speech

For the end of Semester 2 exams that will take place online you will still be able to access an electronic reader instead of a reading pen or human reader. As you will be sitting the exams remotely you can any of the software below depending on the device you have.
Please refer to the links below for alternative to the reading pen. For students wishing to have colour contrast enable, please see the videos also.

 

· Text to Speech software listed below WILL NOT read equations or diagrams. 
· Please TEST this software prior to your exam, so you are comfortable using it.


Magnification
Windows Magnification: (Win + Keypad (increase) + // Win + Keypad – (decrease))
MacOS magnification: Alt (⌥) + ‘+’ (increase) // Alt (⌥) + ‘-‘ (decrease) // Alt (⌥) + ‘8’ (toggle) If you require additional magnification supports, please email thomas.oshaughnessy@ul.ie  Peter.Dooley@ul.ie
 
 
Voice Recognition
Students using voice recognition can do so at home using their own personal device and equipment provide by the Assistive Technology officer. If you require additional assistance with voice recognition, please email thomas.oshaughnessy@ul.ie  as soon as possible.

Other Exam Technologies
Students using voice recognition can do so at home using their own personal device and equipment provide by the Assistive Technology officer. If you require additional assistance with voice recognition, please email thomas.oshaughnessy@ul.ie  as soon as possible.


How to setup low distration exam space at home
  1. Choose a desk in a quiet space with a comfortable chair (do this well in advance of the exam starting). If possible, use a room that is away from a kitchen or other main living area.
  2. Make sure your laptop is plugged into a socket, and the plug is switched on.
  3. Remove anything that may distract you from the exam (pictures, notes, books)
  4. Make sure you have correct lighting that works for you.
  5. Let your family/housemates know that you are completing an exam and discuss this with them well in advance. Work out a schedule and routine to ensure distractions are at a minimum during this time.
  6. Earplugs can be purchased from most pharmacies and may be useful during an exam