Texthelp is promoting the exam mode feature on its assistive technology software Read&Write, as it attempts to alleviate exam stress for students who struggle with reading and writing.
The company, which creates literacy, accessibility and dyslexia software, says the tool is designed to level the playing field for students taking exams.
The company stated: “When it comes to taking exams, rules and regulations often restrict the use of many of our tools.
“We know how important it is that students with additional literacy needs are able to demonstrate their knowledge as fairly and effectively as their peers, and that’s why we have an Exam Mode feature available in Read&Write for Windows.”
The exam mode allows the toolbar to be restricted to just features approved for exams and can be easily configured for a handful of students or an entire network of computers, so students can continue to use approved Read&Write features when taking exams, and colleges can meet exam requirements.
Easily configured from the settings menu, Exam Mode can be used in two different ways.
At its simplest, an educator or examination officer can turn Read&Write features off for individual students, right on the laptop or desktop computer that they’ll be using to take an exam.
Then when the exam is finished, they can turn the features back on.
Secondly, exam Mode includes advanced settings to restrict Read&Write features for multiple students or multiple computers at once.
Administrators can select their Read&Write users and select the features those students should have access to.
An exam mode setup wizard allows any admin or examination officer to configure exactly what they need.
Texthelp’s products are targeted at people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments, and it claims that its assistive learning solutions help people of all ages achieve their potential by understanding, reading, writing and communicating with greater ease and confidence.