The exam is in Unified English Braille (UEB) - not Standard English Braille (SEB).
You will be tested on your knowledge of the following:
- the braille alphabet
- all the contractions of Unified English Braille
- punctuation signs
- basic numbering and capitalisation
- basic formatting and typeforms.
It does not cover any of the following:
- advanced notation
- specialist codes (eg mathematics, science, music, etc.)
- skills in teaching braille to blind individuals.
The cost is £75.
Exam dates are available throughout the year and are to be arranged with the course tutors.
Students will be given two optional practice papers, sent out about six weeks prior to the exam, which can be sent back to the Braille Training mailbox ([email protected]) for marking and feedback. Telephone and email support is available.
An email account is required for tutor feedback, and submission of the exam files.
The exam itself consists of a transcription paper to be brailled on a computer using the supplied software, and a brailled comprehension paper which students will need to answer questions on by typing in Word, Notepad or another word processor.
The exam is three hours long (with an additional 45 minutes time allowance) and can be taken at the student's place of work/study.
Students need to be responsible for ensuring that the Perky Duck software needed to complete their exam is installed correctly, with the specified settings and page size. The software can be downloaded for free from a link which is supplied upon application.
Students will also need to find an invigilator/amanuensis to monitor their exam and to whom RNIB will send the exam papers.
The pass marks are A-E. Grades F and below are a fail, but students can pay again to retake the exam as many times as they wish.
On passing, students will be accredited with an RNIB Unified English Braille course certificate.