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Group and Individual Assessment of Handwriting Speed

Instructions for Administration and Scoring

Give out the introductory information sheet and two lined A4
sheets (with margins) to each student.

Make sure they all have a pen.

No rubbers are allowed, mistakes should be crossed through with
one line only.

Read the instructions on the paper to the students, giving them
time to choose their topic.(Suggestions may be needed)

Tell them they may write notes, plans, make spider grams during
the 2 minutes, about their chosen topic on their instruction sheet.

When they are all quiet, start the 2 minutes thinking/planning
time.

When the 2 minutes is over, say clearly
"20 minutes writing time begins NOW."

After 15 minutes please tell the students they have 5 minutes left

Make sure everyone stops writing as soon as the time is up.

Each sheet must have the student's name on and must be securely
clipped together.

Counting words is very time-consuming so it would be
sensible to instruct the students in a large group.

Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss
The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
www.patoss-dyslexia.org

Similarly for numbers. without punctuation count as one word. If two or more letters are crossed out. then count them as one word. Record the total words in each line at the end of the line. Initials acting as a name e.g alot.patoss-dyslexia. Abbreviated forms of 'and' all count as one word.g. Directions for Counting Include all crossed out words. Two words written as one must count as one word e. otherwise as separate words.: PC or GCSE count as whole words. count as separate words. but if there are full stops between. A dash joining two words or parts of words makes them a single word. Calculators may be required to add numbers to get total words for each section.org . or just the last straw! Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www. It may be wise to double check some scripts as counting can be difficult.

Thank you for your co-operation. sport. Handwriting Speed Assessment male/female Name: (please circle) Date of birth: Age today: Form: School Year: The results of this exercise will help to decide whether you need help with the presentation of work in exams. You can use this paper for making any notes. favourite person or something you like or hate. plans or spidergrams.org . Please use all the time. just as you would in an exam. You will have 20 minutes to write about your chosen subject. For 2 minutes think about a chosen subject such as a holiday. pet.patoss-dyslexia. Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.

Penny Allcock. they will see that pupils who cannot keep up with writing in class. might find ways to avoid feelings of failure. raise their self-esteem and provide equal opportunity for achieving success.W. affecting behaviour and learning. If only schools could be persuaded to regard this also as a problem in the classroom.701 students aged 11-16 years. which prevents many students achieving the success they deserve. ISBN 0 9539315 0 1 Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.words per 13.1 The test and the results are accepted as evidence to support applications for any students with slow handwriting speeds to be given adequate time to show subject knowledge.9 14. for examination purposes. I tested almost 900 pupils in my own school.2 12.G. Slow Handwriting may be due to: • Delays in information processing • Problems with spelling • Motor co-ordination difficulties • Labour intensive style.9 /minute 25% slower (extra-time) 10.3 16.GCSE & GNVQ A Practical Guide. efforts made to improve their speed.3 8.7 40% slower (amanuensis) 8.4 9. Backhouse. which results from lack of tuition in handwriting skills.8 9. comprehension and rate. Slow handwriting speed is a major factor. Speed . Lastly there is the composition and execution of the written evidence to prove that the candidate has subject knowledge and understanding. Exam Success depends upon: Thorough subject knowledge and understanding. This second component is the complex skill of reading and includes accuracy. Ideally all students should be tested annually and this would provide evidence to support special arrangements in all written exams.7 16.4 10. I hope you will find it useful. 2000 and this formed the basis of my MA dissertation in 2000. The ability to read and interpret the questions correctly in a limited time. I am delighted to be able to publish the results from 2. My sincere thanks to everyone who supported me in the successful outcome of this research. It would also bring them to the attention of staff.9 11.patoss-dyslexia.8 12.8 10. A DfES Best Practice Scholarship has allowed me to continue to add data from other schools and I have included the results: Year Year Year Year Year 7 8 9 10 11 Average H. HANDWRITING SPEED ASSESSMENT UPDATE September 2001: Testing Handwriting Speed From 1999 many members of Patoss have contributed timings of handwriting speed to given criteria.VCE.6 15. Students must first be identified. using the test that is published in Backhouse. This depends on the tuition and revision methods and revolves around study skills. by misbehaving. G.org . 2000 Providing for Candidates with Special Assessment needs during GCE[A- Level].