Support with your exams

Support with your exams

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If you receive additional support with your learning at school, then you are also entitled to additional support when sitting exams or carrying out assessments.

There are lots of different ways your school can help you and these arrangements should be agreed before your assessment takes place. The type of support usually reflects the kind of support you already get with your learning.

Some of the types of support you can get with your exams:

➜ A digital version of the exam paper

➜ Extra time

➜ Your exam printed on different colour paper

➜ Your exam paper enlarged

➜ A braille version of your exam

➜ Extensions to deadlines

➜ Someone to prompt you during your exam to help keep you on track

➜ Someone to read the exam questions to you

➜ Completing your exam in a separate room to other pupils

➜ Supervised breaks or rest periods.

Exams can be a stressful time, so it’s important to look after yourself as best you can.

You can click here to read some of our tips about managing exam stress and visit the websites below for more info…

Who else can help me?
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Remember, exam support is available to you. But if you’re struggling and feeling stressed, Childline has online 1-to-1 counselling and information to help. You can also call Childline on 0800 1111. If you are deaf you can use SignVideo.

If you need urgent help, you can text YM to 85258 to contact Young Minds. Young Minds also have good advice about coping with exam anxieties, like congratulating yourself, considering your options and not comparing yourself to others.

Young Scot also have information all about exam results to help you relax, to support your friends and to plan your next steps, whatever your results.

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