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Any consideration for people who have difficulty with test taking?

Nephew graduates in '11 (smart) w/ 4 yrs ROTC, has probs with test taking.
Question asked after reading: http://www.education.com/reference/article/mili...
In Topics: Tests (preparing, taking, anxiety!)
> 60 days ago

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Allyn Anderson
Jul 26, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

There are a variety of reasons one may have difficulty taking tests. So try to determine a possible cause. For instance, does your nephew get extremely anxious before a test and seem to forget the information? Does your nephew do fine on oral answers or essay questions but tends to do poorly on multiple choice tests when given a “scantron” answer sheet? Talk with your nephew and the school to help answer these questions.

There are many articles and suggestions on-line for those with test anxiety issues. If it is a problem passing “scantron” tests, then consider having your nephew evaluated for a visual processing concern, which might make him eligible for services for learning disabilities. Evan if he didn’t qualify due to his current academic success, a 504 document could be initiated, which would give him some other options such as using a laminated index card under the problem or reading passage. Or, he could possibly be allowed to take tests in other adapted ways rather than with a scantron.

Good luck in learning more about your nephew.

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi,

Below are some test taking tips (and test prep activities) that your nephew may find helpful. If he has any learning disabilities, he may be able to arrange special accommodations (such as extra time and/or a private room for taking the test). I've included a link to a special edition about learning disabilities, should that be relevant for your nephew as well. Thank you for asking!

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