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I think we should all be able to type our exams. Afterall, it's much quicker and it keeps up with the speed of my thoughts. Hands don't get too tired and inky either!! Also, I push down really hard when I write so after a long exam period I have severe pains between the joints in my hands...I can't seem to fix pushing down hard though.

This is just a suggestion, what do you guys think?
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(Original post by vavavoom)
I think we should all be able to type our exams. Afterall, it's much quicker and it keeps up with the speed of my thoughts. Hands don't get too tired and inky either!! Also, I push down really hard when I write so after a long exam period I have severe pains between the joints in my hands...I can't seem to fix pushing down hard though.

This is just a suggestion, what do you guys think?
Yeah, i agree in principal.
But in practice, how will it work?
Will all colleges buy hundreds of remote computers?
Will spellcheck be allowed?

What about computer errors?
If a pen breaks, runs out etc, then yeah, you have a spare, or borrow one or something in the exam.
If the computer breaks, your screwed!
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What about the people who don't use computers very often...and can't type as quickly as they can write???

I know there aren't many of them around these days...but there must still be a few of them out there...

Also...imagine 150 people all in a hall typing away at keyboards.....the noise would be horrendous!!!

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I have a practical exam on the computer this month but involves configuring a network so it would be quite hard to do on paper.
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What about the people who don't use computers very often...and can't type as quickly as they can write???

I know there aren't many of them around these days...but there must still be a few of them out there...

Also...imagine 150 people all in a hall typing away at keyboards.....the noise would be horrendous!!!

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Well, an option could be given to do either.
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(Original post by gzftan)
What about the people who don't use computers very often...and can't type as quickly as they can write???

I know there aren't many of them around these days...but there must still be a few of them out there...

Also...imagine 150 people all in a hall typing away at keyboards.....the noise would be horrendous!!!

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Hehe agree!! Hmmm how about if the place was like if you took TOEFL...apparently there's space around the computers so it doesn't really bother you...then again where would you get all that space!!
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Well, an option could be given to do either.
Would the marking scheme change then though? The fast typers will have an advantage over the writers.
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Well, an option could be given to do either.
But i reckon it'd be far too complicated!!

Anyway....writing is a valuable skill...you won't be able to type everything down for the rest of your life...surely??

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But i reckon it'd be far too complicated!!

Anyway....writing is a valuable skill...you won't be able to type everything down for the rest of your life...surely??

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you never know
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you never know
Hmmmmm [scratches head]...debatable...

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Hey, speaking of the devil I just found this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/3376843.stm
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But i reckon it'd be far too complicated!!

Anyway....writing is a valuable skill...you won't be able to type everything down for the rest of your life...surely??

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Why do you type things up and write things down?

I've always wondered that.
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Why do you type things up and write things down?

I've always wondered that.
No idea....but i broke the trend!!!

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Why do you type things up and write things down?

I've always wondered that.
We do write-ups also!!
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We do write-ups also!!
That's true. It would be irritating though if you were trying to do an exam and all you could hear was 100's of keyboards tapping - i don't know how i could concentrate.
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can't imagine doing maths exam on a pc... it'll be a hell of an exam! Imagine how much time will it take typing in all equations. I bet you can't type equations as fast as you can type letters...
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Would the marking scheme change then though? The fast typers will have an advantage over the writers.
But currently the fastest writers have an advantage - my friend can write much faster and neater than me and do about 5 pages of text in the time I can do 3 but I don't get any help for that - how ever you test people, some people are going to do better becuase they are naturally able to work the system better.
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