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Presented by Paul Nisbet and Abi James at the BDAN International Conference, March 2014.
Since 2012 the JCQ Access Arrangements have acknowledged that candidates using a Computer Reader or text-to-speech technology are reading independently making such provision available to candidates in exams that test reading skills for the first time. While use of digital exams with text-to-speech has been widely supported in Scotland through the work of SQA and CALL Scotland for a number of years, the rest of the UK has not had equivalent access. From 2013/14 exam boards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland propose to provide digital versions of exam papers to schools for text-to-speech users. This paper will draw on experiences in Scotland and the work of the BDA New Technology Committee to identify processes and best practices within schools for using these digital papers and to identify the best text-to-speech technology to maximise the benefits for students.