Using gel pens in exams?

Watch
-Haz-
Badges: 11
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#1
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#1
Okay I know you’re not supposed to use anything other than a black biro in exams but does anyone flout this rule and use gel pens or fountain pens? I find it impossible to write quickly and neatly with a biro, and you have to press on much harder which makes your hand ache, especially in essay subjects. I’ve always used black gel pens in exams and I’ve never had a problem with it despite it saying not to use them on the front of the paper. But is there any chance I could get disqualified for it? It seems really trivial but I know they can be picky sometimes
3
reply

umop apisdn
Badges: 16
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#2
Report 10 years ago
#2
I did all my exams with a fountain pen, and mainly blue ink. The problem is, gel pens and fountain pens don't dry as quickly and sometimes smudge and will become illegible when your papers are photocopied.
1
reply
anuradha_d
Badges: 1
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#3
Report 10 years ago
#3
(Original post by -Haz-)
Okay I know you’re not supposed to use anything other than a black biro in exams but does anyone flout this rule and use gel pens or fountain pens? I find it impossible to write quickly and neatly with a biro, and you have to press on much harder which makes your hand ache, especially in essay subjects. I’ve always used black gel pens in exams and I’ve never had a problem with it despite it saying not to use them on the front of the paper. But is there any chance I could get disqualified for it? It seems really trivial but I know they can be picky sometimes
As long as it doesnt smudge or shizzle, should be alright.
I used a jelly for lit. Didnt like it though.
1
reply
SunderX
Badges: 14
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#4
Report 10 years ago
#4
I doubt they'd be that stringent, unless you somehow have the answers written on the inside of your gel pen. I use fast-drying gel pens specifically for exams all through uni.
3
reply
RP-MRU.
Badges: 8
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#5
Report 10 years ago
#5
(Original post by umop apisdn)
I did all my exams with a fountain pen, and mainly blue ink. The problem is, gel pens and fountain pens don't try as quickly and sometimes smudge and will become illegible when your papers are photocopied.
Blue ink?
0
reply
Naarim
Badges: 10
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#6
Report 10 years ago
#6
I did a GCSE exam in a silver glittery gel pen once... My shadow leaned over the exam paper made it look black.

I wasn't penalised thankfully.
6
reply
kerily
Badges: 15
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#7
Report 10 years ago
#7
I've always used black gelpens and been fine :dontknow: They're more expensive, but aside from that I can't see why anyone would possibly have an issue with them.
2
reply
umop apisdn
Badges: 16
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#8
Report 10 years ago
#8
(Original post by RP-MRU.)
Blue ink?
Yes, but this was back in 2004-8 :moon:

God I feel old.
0
reply
RP-MRU.
Badges: 8
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#9
Report 10 years ago
#9
(Original post by umop apisdn)
Yes, but this was back in 2004-8 :moon:

God I feel old.
Okay, fair enough. No, no, not at all.
0
reply
-Haz-
Badges: 11
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#10
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#10
You’d be surprised how much difference a pen can make, I find it hard to even use biros in class because they don’t flow across the page properly and they’re constantly running out. I probably am prepared to take the risk, as I’ve said I’ve never had a problem with it before and (stupid as it may sound) I think using a biro could really affect my performance.
2
reply
lukas1051
Badges: 18
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#11
Report 10 years ago
#11
They tell you to use black ink because it shows up best when they scan the paper, that's it. They don't analyse the ink you use and penalise you if it's not from a biro. Use whatever you like as long as it's black (even if it not it doesn't REALLY matter as long as it's not light, but better safe than sorry)
0
reply
QI Elf
Badges: 17
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#12
Report 10 years ago
#12
I used fountain pen for my GCSEs but that was only becuase my school didn't allow us to use anything but fountain pens for school work so it was automatic and natural that everyone would use them.
0
reply
Liam6993
Badges: 13
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#13
Report 10 years ago
#13
Apparently gel pen ink doesn't scan properly when the papers get sent off to be externally marked.
0
reply
Flan!
Badges: 11
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#14
Report 10 years ago
#14
I've used a black gel pen type-thing in exams before - just as long as it isn't smudgy it should be ok
1
reply
-Haz-
Badges: 11
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#15
Report Thread starter 10 years ago
#15
(Original post by Liam6993)
Apparently gel pen ink doesn't scan properly when the papers get sent off to be externally marked.
Yeah I’ve heard that, but then I’ve got scanned papers back which I did in gel pen and they’re fine. If anything it’s clearer than biro :dontknow:
1
reply
Nix-j-c
Badges: 15
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#16
Report 10 years ago
#16
As long as you don't smudge it whilst you're still writing it should be fine because that'd give it time to dry, but do you want to take the risk?
2
reply
jbennett8000
Badges: 2
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#17
Report 8 years ago
#17
The only reason they recommend you use black biros is because they can guarantee that the ink will show up properly when the papers are scanned in and sent electronically to the examiners for marking.

Allowed pens are black biros, black-ink fountain pens and black-ink ballpoints. Gel pens have a habit of smudging when the page is turned or if you brush your hand over where you have written because the ink does not dry quickly.

As long as you feel your pen will show up OK on a low-quality black-and-white photocopy, there is no problem using the pen. Just make sure the ink is black, dries quickly and that you don't smudge it in your haste to finish the exam!

I know this thread is old, but this reply is for future examinees to see. Good luck everyone!
2
reply
Motivated
Badges: 0
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#18
Report 8 years ago
#18
Are you able to use erasable pens?? ( I'm thinking of getting a Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball) I don't want lots of crossing out on my work, I cross out so much and I'd probably waste the majority of the answer lines....
0
reply
Bookler_Natsu
Badges: 12
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#19
Report 8 years ago
#19
Never used a biro in exams in my life. All gel, definitely. I write faster and neater with gel pens. For the number of exams I've been through (not saying I've been through loads though), I've never had a problem with the pens I use. Wouldn't use fountain pen in exams though, the ink don't look as dark than gels so I'm scared that it might not show up good in scans (probably because I use a really cheap fountain pen).


Posted from TSR Mobile
0
reply
xStaceyy
Badges: 17
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#20
Report 8 years ago
#20
Argh I hate gel pens! They always smudge everywhere!
I love a nice, sharp pen with fast drying ink, makes my writing nicer and its better to write with in my opinion.

Definitely can't beat a good old biro!
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

What is your favourite revision method?

Taking notes manually (30)
24%
Note taking apps (3)
2.4%
Flashcards (22)
17.6%
Revision guides (5)
4%
Past papers (60)
48%
Something else (let us know in the thread) (5)
4%

Watched Threads

View All