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    I'm sick of this stupid rule of you having to do your exam in black pen. Are examiners so lazy that they have to mark it using a keyboard? What ever happened to good ol' fashioned red pen?!

    Is it possible if I did my next exam all in pencil? I make way to many mistakes and cross so many things out that I end up having to squeeze stuff into a page because I skipped the question and left a blank.

    This is for A-Level maths.
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    I ,too, prefer pencil. It looks nicer as well, I think. But I get the grey graphite colour all over my hands as I'm left handed
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    Use a Crayon
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    (I'm a third year uni student)

    Are you sure you have to answer the questions in order? I don't remember having to do that...
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    The rules are a bit daft, but quite honestly what do you want to do it in? Green marker pen?
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    Prick your finger with a needle and write with your blood.
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    I did my whole GCSE Maths in pencil and still got an A*, they can cope.
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    (Original post by yoshi_105)
    Is it possible if I did my next exam all in pencil?
    what?
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    When did they change the rules? I remember some time ago we could write in blue ink now its only black ink.
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    My hand writings scruffy in any colour of pen - it doesn't matter.
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    Black ink scans better than blue or pencil. Therefore black ink is standard for exams.
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    yh but i think this is because of the new scanner that they use
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    We have to use black pen but we don't have to answer the questions in order.
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    Tried using biros as opposed to the few other things people seem to use? I've used them since GCSE, find them way quicker & easier than gel-type/whatever pens though some people don't seem to.
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    Why leave a space? You can answer the questions in any order as long as you clearly label them. Answer them backwards if you please. Do all odd numbers first then all the evens. Really doesn't matter as long as you put questions numbers.

    And as for pencil, wouldn't you be gutted if someone altered your paper between you giving it in and it being marked? OK its not impossible for that to happen with pen, but erasing happens much easier with pencil. Also, your answers might not scan properly in pencil, and again, you might lose marks if that vital part of your answer is unreadable.
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    Finger paints ftw.
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    At my school last week they made someone who had written all in pencil to rewrite their entire paper while being watched constantly by an examiner at the end of the paper.
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    i dont which board you are talking about...but all my exams are edexcel and for the past 2 years i have been doing my accounts paper fully in pencil

    i have a couple of classmates who did their maths exam in both pencil and pen!!
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    You're allowed to do diagrams in pencil, so it's definitely readable. But some examiners are complete *****.
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    (Original post by yoshi_105)
    I'm sick of this stupid rule of you having to do your exam in black pen. Are examiners so lazy that they have to mark it using a keyboard? What ever happened to good ol' fashioned red pen?!

    Is it possible if I did my next exam all in pencil? I make way to many mistakes and cross so many things out that I end up having to squeeze stuff into a page because I skipped the question and left a blank.

    This is for A-Level maths.
    I wouldn't advise just doing the whole paper in pencil without getting clarification first. It's not worth the risk. Talk to your examinations officer. However at some point your going to have to write in pen and not pencil so why not do it at A Level? If you make a mistake cross it out. I remember all of my Maths booklets left huge spaces for working out. If you cross something out you can always ask for extra sheets during the exam which can then be attached to your exam script. I know it would be easier to rub it out (in terms of time) but if the papers are getting scanned in it may make the equations you've erased and rewritten illegible.
 
 
 
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