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The C-Pen Exam Reader pen scanner is a great tool for individuals who comprehend more successfully when their exam questions are read to them. Students who have reading difficulties can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions. The pen can read text in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian!  It is a portable scanning pen which reads printed text out loud using an embedded camera, optical character recognition (OCR) and text to speech (TTS). This pen was designed to promote active and independent reading for the purpose of improving understanding and learning. It allows students to take exams in the same location, and at the same time as their peers.

An earlier Assistive blog explained the features of the C-Pen Reader pen scanner, which operates the same as the C-Pen Exam Reader, but also includes access to high quality electronic dictionaries when the user is unsure about a word.  The C-Pen Exam Reader does not contain dictionary access.  Which makes it an acceptable tool for students to use when taking exams. The Exam Reader has been approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams.


The only improvement I would add to this device is the option of scanning and reading more than one line of text at a time.

If you, or someone you know, struggles with reading, and is unable to take exams independently, you should investigate this tool to improve indePENdence!


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