Students taking exams can hear text read to them, simply by scanning a word or line of text. The Exam Pen differs from a standard reading pen in that it has no dictionary onboard; it is 100% just a reading pen only. This mobile pen scanner requires no computer.
The ExamPen has been approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams. This means students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions comfortably.
Further enhancing the user experience, the natural female human voice of the Exam Pen makes it pleasurable to use. Note that the video was originally released for the UK version. The USA version, which is the only version we sell, has a flat Midwestern accent.
Students with reading difficulties (for example, dyslexia) can take a written test.
Written tests are more accurate, because they are testing the student's mastery of the material rather than ability to compensate for a reading difficulty.
Eliminates the need to police students who are using any other type of reading assistive device.
Teachers no longer have to walk a fine line between helping the student understand the test and giving the student an unfair advantage during the test.
Students gain more independence and thus more self-esteem.
The Exam Pen:
Works with any printed text.
Scans and pronounces words from any printed material.
Scans single words or full lines of text.
Has an intuitive, friendly interface.
Allows you to adjust the reading speed.
Is easy to handle.
Fits in a pocket.
Has a battery status indicator, so you can recharge or replace batteries when convenient for you.
Includes built-in speaker and headphones.
Recognizes over 450,000 words.
Windows versions for transfer function
Touchscreen (incl. virtual keyboard and icons)
Text Menu (as opposed to touchscreen)
English dictionary preloaded
Speaks stored notes by paragraph
Speaks word or line of text
Dictionary word history (80 words)
Speaks dictionary definition
Foreign language preloaded
Scanned text storage (max # of pages)
Transfer to PC, PDA, Smartphone
Scan directly into Windows applications
Scan non-English text
Accepts USB cable
Size: ergonomic 6 inches x 1 x 1, lightweight 3 ounces.
Recognizes 6-22 point size text, bold, italic, underlined, inverted text.
Auto detects text for instant scanning. Just roll and scan.
Optical character recognition at 97% (based on standard font and size average).
Preference setting for higher numerical and inverted text recognition level.
Completely mobile. Uses 2 AAA batteries.
The Exam Pen comes complete with:
Two "AAA" batteries.
Protective carrying case.
The Classroom Set version comes with ten of each of these items in a custom-built hard case that provides organized storage and protection of your investment.
How accurate is it? Answer: It's 97% accurate
How hard is it to use? Answer: If you have good dexterity, it's easy to use. How much dexterity do you need? Here's a simple test. Grab a text highlighter, and see if you can draw a straight line of highlighting in a newspaper or magazine. If so, you are good to go! If not, you are going to find the pen difficult to use.
Does it really read to you? Answer: You can't just wave it across a page and hear James Earl Jones reading the text. After you complete scanning a line or word, the pen recognizes the characters and looks up the words in its internal dictionary. It then can pronounce them in sequence.