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i prefer blue pen for some reason but it says 'black pen' on the exam papers. would i be disadvantaged in any way by using a blue pen?
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My teachers have told me it wouldn't be marked because it wouldn't be detected in the scanner once they scan our exam papers. I'm not sure how true that is, though.
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I think it's something to do with when they send out copies of your exam, blue pen doesn't print as well as black pen does. Or at least that's what my teacher told me.
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I love a good blue pen
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I love a good blue pen
hehe, staying with black just to be safe
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I don't know how much truth there is about blue pen not being marked but since the Exam boards specify that you should use black, and as there's no advantage at all to using a blue pen, use black.
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It says on the paper use black so to be on the safe side I would say do just that. I don't think the ink will come up on your paper when they scan it through, just as others above have said.
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Over time the blue ink tends to fall of the paper.
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Just stick with black pen, you don't want to annoy the examiners, don't give them any reason to mark you down. Don't forget pencil for graphs and diagrams!

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Exam papers are now marked on screen and are scanned. Blue ink does not show up properly. Don't risk some of your answer not being readable. The instructions are there for a reason.
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(Original post by Secretnerd123)
i prefer blue pen for some reason but it says 'black pen' on the exam papers. would i be disadvantaged in any way by using a blue pen?
If the instructions on the cover page of the exam booklet say black pen only, then it's black pen only.
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I'm pretty sure they'd still mark your paper in blue. There would be MASSIVE negative publicity if they refused to mark pages and pages of answers just because the ink colour wasn't as specified on the front of the paper. Do you honestly think an exam board is going to give a student zero for a paper because they wrote in blue ink? They definitely wouldn't do that.

Still, it might make life more difficult for examiners etc, so you might as well play it safe.
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hehe, staying with black just to be safe
dare you to use blue.
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I would stick with black if I were you.
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(Original post by Chief Wiggum)
I'm pretty sure they'd still mark your paper in blue. There would be MASSIVE negative publicity if they refused to mark pages and pages of answers just because the ink colour wasn't as specified on the front of the paper. Do you honestly think an exam board is going to give a student zero for a paper because they wrote in blue ink? They definitely wouldn't do that.

Still, it might make life more difficult for examiners etc, so you might as well play it safe.
It would be marked separately by a senior examiner.
Source: I've been an examiner.
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dare you to use blue.
nope, staying with black.
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It would be marked separately by a senior examiner.
Source: I've been an examiner.
when do the papers get marked? july?
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when do the papers get marked? july?
The dates vary but yes, end of July.
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Not sure for A levels but I use pencils in all my uni exams. For some reason my handwriting for a pen is an absolute mess but much better with a pencil.
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There would be MASSIVE negative publicity if they refused to mark pages and pages of answers just because the ink colour wasn't as specified on the front of the paper.
Would there? I'm not so sure. There is just as likely to be an outcry against someone who can't follow examination instructions being given the same opportunity as the rest. Would an English or history paper be marked if the candidate wrote his essay in German?

Aiming not to mess around with or irritate the examination system is always a good policy when dealing with important exams; you never know what might go wrong with the board's plan B.
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