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Proofreader for Essay and Math Exams

A proofreader for essay and math exams would provide verification assistance on essay and math exams to students who have spelling disabilities or have difficulty with rotations and reversals and need to have math answers read aloud due to a disability.

A proofreader for essays may be as simple as access to a spell checker for a student who has spelling challenges. A proofreader for a math problem would simply read out loud through the mathematics calculation so that a student with visual processing or tracking problems could ensure that they have written what they believe they have written. Faculty can provide this accommodation on their own or contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office for assistance.



It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation of a disability that would require a proofreader to the students with disabilities office.


It is the responsibility of faculty to collaborate with the services for students with disabilities office in giving instruction as to what would and would not be appropriate for a proofreader to do during a testing situation.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for providing a proofreader if faculty are not providing one and for adhering to the wishes of the faculty in terms of what is and is not appropriate proofreading.


Related Functional Characteristics

Hearing Loss : A proofreader may be used to assist with spelling and grammar on exams when the student's primary language is American Sign Language.

Deafness : A proofreader assists with grammar and spelling for students with deafness when their primary language is ASL.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : A proofreader can assist with reversal and rotation errors that the student is unable to identify on their own.

Production (Written) : For written essays and math problems where a student's focus needs to be on correctness of content, a proofreader assists a student in identifying grammatical, formatting, and technical spelling errors.

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