Exploring alternative assessments to the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) for exam access arrangements. Communicate-ed
Date(s)29 Mar 2023 - 29 Mar 2024
This 90 minute course will explore the options for replacing the SDMT in assessments for extra time in exams. It will cover some familiar tests and will explore some other options that are new to the UK market.
CPD credit hours1 hour and 30 minutes
Course themesReviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory, SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
AudienceAssessors, Support, Assessment centres, Training institutions
The Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) is being withdrawn from the SASC approved list of assessments from April 30th 2023. Training providers will also be removing the test from their suggested lists of assessments for exam access arrangements from 1st September 2023. The test has been widely used in exam access arrangements assessments in secondary and Further Education settings, and many assessors are keen to find replacement tests in the JCQ cognitive processing 'area' of visual processing speed.
Delegates will be able to:
- Explain the JCQ requirements for 25% extra time evidence for candidates with learning difficulties
- Understand the requirements of the JCQ area 'visual processing speed'
- Name a range of tests and assessments which assess 'visual processing speed'
There are no pre-requisites for this course, though it will be relevant to exam access arrangement assessors, and diagnostic assessors
Frequently asked questions
This is an online course.
The course will be launched as a live webinar on 29th March 2023, including a live Q&A session. A recording of the course and Q&A will be available after that date.
If you want to watch the recording of the course (after 29th March 2023) you will receive login details by email when you have booked. This will give you 10 days to access the course.