Can you swear in exams?Watch
I don't mean randomly throwing in obscenities in the middle of a 12 mark history question.
What I mean is, I'm doing the AQA Certificate iGCSE English Language. For Paper 1, one of the questions you can choose to do is write a story.
As a young writer in my own time, this is my favourite part. An hour to write a story with a prompt! Perfect!
However, I'm unsure as to whether or not I can swear. Occasionally is seems appropriate for a character to exclaim "S**t!", or to describe a character as a b*tch, etc. (Of course, if I were to swear it would only be in moderation.)
Will I get penalised for swearing? Will it be ignored? Help!
I know lots of people who swore in their controlled assessments and got top marks.
It's not like you're going to be penalised for it.
However, don't swear too much and make sure you only use it when necessary, as it might seem odd otherwise.
If there's a point that can be made better by swearing, why not, I suppose?
Saying that, if there's an alternative word you could use, you might be better to use that, ahah...
I don't see why it should affect your mark, but I would avoid doing it multiple times... The only risks you're going to take by consistently swearing is either: annoying the examiner, losing marks for having a slightly less diverse lexis.
However, if you feel that having a character swear would make their speech more affective- e.g. by saying '****' they convey an emotion that would otherwise require the use of a clause, then go for it.
If I were to swear in my exam, I'd make sure not to over do it. And I wouldn't swear too much, it's just that sometimes it feels entirely appropriate to throw something in. I reckon if a character was angry they'd be more likely to call someone an "inconsiderate b**tard" rather than an "inconsiderate plebeian" XD