Alex Orgee, Classics Subject Advisor, and Stuart Ross, Special Requirements Manager
Throughout the year, but especially in the months leading up to the summer examination series, we receive a number of enquiries from teachers and exams officers asking how their students who use a word processor should go about adding Classical Greek words and phrases into their answers. In this blog we explain the options that are available.
Each school or college should have their own word processing policy which outlines which students can use a word processor (computer, laptop or tablet) to undertake their examinations. Word processors need to be used in line with sections 14.20 to 14.27 of the JCQ Instructions for Conducting Examinations.
This blog is focusing on the use of word processors. If you have any queries about any other access arrangement or reasonable adjustment, please contact the special requirements teams at email@example.com.
Our assessors are looking for candidates to write the Greek so candidates should not transliterate any Greek they wish to include in their answer. Therefore, we thought it would be useful to share the advice we have given to schools and colleges about what options are available to students.
The examples given below have been specifically written for a candidate answering literature papers, but these approaches could also be used in the language papers.
As detailed in Lauren’s blog about returning scripts, you no longer need to use a word processor cover sheet, but we have provided one if you would like to use one. If the candidate has used a word processor to answer questions but has also written answers in the booklet, it’s useful if you do use a word processor cover sheet to indicate this. The cover sheet should be inserted into the question paper or answer booklet along with the word-processed pages.
If your students have alternative methods, please get in touch with us. If these approaches are approved, we can update the blog to include them.
Please note: All of the this information is correct at the time of publication. If the regulations change, we will update this blog to reflect any changes.
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Alex has worked at OCR since 2009, first joining the Classics team in 2012. Since then, he has been involved in the redevelopment of all the Classics qualifications. In his spare time, Alex enjoys cycling, watching sport, and gardening.
Stuart oversees the team responsible for processing requests for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration. He joined OCR in 2014 having previously taught students up to GCSE level with physical disabilities in the UK and taught English as a foreign language in Spain.