What are access arrangements?
According to the Joint Council for Qualifications, ‘access arrangements are pre-examination adjustments for candidates based on evidence of need and normal way of working.’ Schools can apply for 25% extra time in GCSE exams by applying for access arrangements, and usually the SENCo and/or the specialist assessor working within the school will process the applications online.
How can you apply for extra time and who is eligible?
In order to award extra time the school must assess the needs of the pupil based on one of the following documents:
- Statement of Special Educational Needs relating to secondary education, or an Education, Health and Care Plan, which confirms the candidate’s disability; or
- Assessment carried out no earlier than the start of Year 9 by an assessor confirming a learning difficulty relating to secondary/further education.
Reliable standardised scores are required to apply for this time. The report must confirm that the pupil has at least one below average standardised score of 84 or less which relates to an assessment of one of the below:
- Speed of reading
- Speed of reading comprehension
- Speed of writing
- Cognitive processing measures which have a substantial and long term adverse effect on Speed of working
What is the deadline?
The final date to process application using Access Arrangements Online (AAO) is 21st February 2018.
Which RS Assessment from Hodder Education resources can we use for applying for access arrangements?
Access Reading Tests have been used by schools for many years to gain reliable standardised scores to support access arrangement applications. In 2016 alone, over 500 establishments purchased from this series. But there are numerous resources available from RS Assessment from Hodder Education that can be used to support your applications.
|Overview||A standardised reading and comprehension test with two sets of parallel forms|
|Format||Paper tests (forms A, B, C and D) or interactive tests (forms A &B)|
|Area covered||Reading comprehension; literal, inferential, analysis and vocabulary|
|Age range||7-20 years|
|Administration||30 minutes (37.5 minutes if extra time added). Suitable for group or individual testing.|
|Prices||Papers £18.50/10, manual £35, single-user CD-ROM £200+VAT|
|Overview||A standardised diagnostic reading assessment for a lower ability range|
|Format||A pupil reading booklet and reporting sheet. Parallel forms A and B.|
|Area covered||Fluency, comprehension, accuracy and processing speed|
|Age range||7-16 years for less-able readers|
|Administration||No time limit. Suitable for individual testing.|
|Prices||Papers £18/10, manual £50, reading booklet £41, diagnostic profiler £195|
|Overview||A quick and easy standardised assessment to monitor progress in reading and comprehension. Also suitable for less-able older readers.|
|Format||Pupil reading cards and a teacher mark sheet. 3 parallel forms.|
|Area covered||Reading and comprehension|
|Age range||5:6-11:3 years 13+ for less-able pupils|
|Administration||5 minutes. Suitable for individual testing.|
|Prices||Papers £18/10, reading cards ABC £17, comprehension cards ABC £18, manual £23|
|Overview||A rigorous standardised assessment with diagnostic profiling|
|Format||Paper test (tests 1 A&B, 2, 3 and 4) or interactive test (ERT4)|
|Area covered||Skimming, vocabulary, reading for facts, points of view, comprehension|
|Age range||12 to 16:2|
|Administration||45 minutes. Suitable for group testing.|
|Prices||Papers £19/10, manual £30, single-user CD-ROM £200|
|Overview||A standardised assessment of single word, sentence and speed of reading|
|Format||Reading cards. Parallel forms A and B for single word and sentences.|
|Area covered||Single word, sentence and speed of reading|
|Administration||15-20 minutes. Suitable for individual testing.|
|Prices||Record sheets £16/10, 3 test cards £17, manual £32|
|Overview||A standardised reading test assessing comprehension at single word, sentence and text level|
|Format||Paper or digital test with 2 parallel forms A and B|
|Area covered||Reading comprehension|
|Age range||9:5 to 16+ for HGRT 3|
|Administration||30 minutes + 7.5 minutes extra. Suitable for group testing.|
|Prices||Papers £16/10, manual £41, network CD-ROM £600+VAT|
You can order all of the above tests on the Hodder Education website. If you would like help choosing the right tests for your needs, your local assessment consultant would be very happy to speak with you. Find your local consultant here, and read more about the application process and criteria on the JCQ website.