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    When I'm in exams, I have difficulty writing with a pen because it really hurts my hand, and as a consequence, I'm unable to write as much as I should. Now, I don't have a medical condition which is causing this problem however, I'm wondering what would happen if I used a pencil in my exams. It states clearly on the front of the paper that a black men must be used, but does it really matter? I know that the papers are scanned/printed and using a pencil may hinder this. I'm just curious to as whether it's a 100% guarantee that using a pencil is a 'no,no'.

    and have a Happy New Year

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    Don't - your dad will be negged.
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    It states clearly on the front of the paper that a black men must be used
    ...for a reason. Like you said the papers are scanned and pencil won't show as well, if at all. It's not worth risking it really. Even blue ink supposedly doesn't show up well.
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    When I'm in exams, I have difficulty writing with a pen because it really hurts my hand, and as a consequence, I'm unable to write as much as I should. Now, I don't have a medical condition which is causing this problem however, I'm wondering what would happen if I used a pencil in my exams. It states clearly on the front of the paper that a black men must be used, but does it really matter? I know that the papers are scanned/printed and using a pencil may hinder this. I'm just curious to as whether it's a 100% guarantee that using a pencil is a 'no,no'.

    and have a Happy New Year

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    Lol this made me laugh :rofl: - yes i know its childish.

    Back to the point - try and find different types of pens that are more comforable e.g. the ones with grip/ flexible pens.
    If you write in pencil there is a chance that it will not be scanned and therefore marked.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    When I'm in exams, I have difficulty writing with a pen because it really hurts my hand, and as a consequence, I'm unable to write as much as I should. Now, I don't have a medical condition which is causing this problem however, I'm wondering what would happen if I used a pencil in my exams. It states clearly on the front of the paper that a black men must be used, but does it really matter? I know that the papers are scanned/printed and using a pencil may hinder this. I'm just curious to as whether it's a 100% guarantee that using a pencil is a 'no,no'.

    :D and have a Happy New Year

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    I think you should march down to your local stationary shop and try out dozens of pens until you find the one which writes so smoothly that it feels like you're using a pencil :) And a happy new year to you too :P
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    When I'm in exams, I have difficulty writing with a pen because it really hurts my hand, and as a consequence, I'm unable to write as much as I should. Now, I don't have a medical condition which is causing this problem however, I'm wondering what would happen if I used a pencil in my exams. It states clearly on the front of the paper that a black men must be used, but does it really matter? I know that the papers are scanned/printed and using a pencil may hinder this. I'm just curious to as whether it's a 100% guarantee that using a pencil is a 'no,no'.

    and have a Happy New Year

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    You have to use pen I'm afraid, and I think it has to be black. Maybe look around for a better pen? I always find that biros hurt my hand when having to write in exams. I recommend Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint pens they are amazing.
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    It's the instructions on the front of the paper, you don't have a choice...
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    Ok, that's my plan to use a pencil out of the window lol. Are you allowed to try pens in shops?
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    Ok, that's my plan to use a pencil out of the window lol. Are you allowed to try pens in shops?
    YES
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    It's a risk, which is why they print it on the answer book. Pencil does show up at least some of the time, however, as I used pencil for an AS maths exam and got the marks for the question, although this was graph sketching so it may be different. Don't take the risk, just try lots of different pen styles and you will eventually find one you like. If all else fails, practice and it will train your hand for longer bursts of writing.
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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I'll pop into WH Smith to get some new pens.
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    A reasonably dark pencil scans OK, and considerably better than blue cartridge ink. In D1 examiners' reports, they actually recommend the use of pencil when filling in the various diagrams and stuff.

    The biggest issue is likely to be with your invigilators getting excited.
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    Everyone's hand hurts when writing with pens in long exams. Deal with it or get a pen with a nicer grip.
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    (Original post by Ree-Shay)
    Lol this made me laugh :rofl: - yes i know its childish.

    Back to the point - try and find different types of pens that are more comforable e.g. the ones with grip/ flexible pens.
    If you write in pencil there is a chance that it will not be scanned and therefore marked.

    Good luck!
    I was laughing at the same thing

    Unfortunately you HAVE to use a black pen.
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    just write in pen... if not, then dont even bother coming into the exam hall as harsh as it is coz pencil will not be scanned. my skl emphasises this so much coz one kid did it 2 years ago.

    anyways, just imagine as if ur life depended on this exam and just march ur way through the pain

    happy new year
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    You can't use pencil because there is no way to prove it hasn't been rubbed out and corrected by someone else.
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    Haha my mate used pencil in one of our uni exams when it clearly stated that we had to use a pen. Result in January...
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    The examiners' report for Edexcel D1 (which is scanned in) always says that candidates
    "are advised to complete diagrams in (dark) pencil". This suggests to me that dark pencil scans with no problems.
 
 
 
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