Exams

How do learning difficulties affect exam performance?

  • Essays: Students who have problems writing essays may have a problem finding the main idea of the question. As a result they may not answer the question correctly, even if they know all the facts.
  • Maths problems:  Students who have problems with maths may have a problem finding the main idea of the question, hence they use the wrong numbers and come to the wrong answer, even if they know all the formulae and processes.
  • Multi-choice exams: Students with visual perceptual difficulties may have problems with multi-choice format exams.
  • Students who are dyslexic may have problems with multi-choice exams because they read for context and multi-choice questions have no context.
  • Short answer questions: Students who are dyslexic may have problems with short answer questions because they read for context and short answer questions have reduced context.
  • Graphing, tables and charts: Students with visual perceptual difficulties may have problems with graphing, tables and charts because they may have problems accurately encoding symbols.
  • Formulae questions: Dyslexic students and students who have auditory perceptual difficulties may have problems with formulae questions because they may have problems with rote learning.
  • Students with visual perceptual difficulties may have problems with formulae questions because they may have problems accurately encoding symbols.

You can learn how to overcome these difficulties and improve your exam marks. Contact Rowena for testing or advice on special provisions.

To obtain special provisions for your exams:
Testing is necessary to determine the extent of your difficulties. Testing should be within twelve months of the exam.