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When exam papers are marked, do they look at every page in the answer booklet? For example, if you did a question, then left space to come back to it later if you had time, then put the next part of the answer on the next page, will they look at that or just assume, you stopped answering the question there.
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When exam papers are marked, do they look at every page in the answer booklet? For example, if you did a question, then left space to come back to it later if you had time, then put the next part of the answer on the next page, will they look at that or just assume, you stopped answering the question there.
If you came back to it later, they'd then mark that too.
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In my experience as an exam marker (undergrad, post grad & professional) I can tell you that all pages are checked, questions marked - papers are also cross checked


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In my experience as an exam marker (undergrad, post grad & professional) I can tell you that all pages are checked, questions marked - papers are also cross checked


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What about penalising for superficial things like not putting the question number at the top of every new page or not starting each question on a new page or not putting your name on extra sheets of paper used as instructed on the question paper. Does that ever happen?
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It certainly does happen, the consequences depend on (a) the marking scheme and lead examiners/examining board approach and attitude - if marks are awarded for presentation for example, then you may not fully gain those marks; (b) the nature of the 'superficial' thing, for example if a question is not clearly marked as to which one it is, how is the marker meant to know? If you don't start on a new page this is unlikely to be penalised.
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What about penalising for superficial things like not putting the question number at the top of every new page or not starting each question on a new page or not putting your name on extra sheets of paper used as instructed on the question paper. Does that ever happen?
There are reasons for instructions like this, and if you don't follow them, you're at risk of losing marks. If an examiner doesn't know which question you're answering (and it's not always clear if you've used a lot of extra sheets) or who the sheets belong to, you can't get credit for your answer. Papers can also be photocopied or scanned for the second marker, meaning that even if it's clear in the original booklet, it might not be clear for anyone else.

Starting on a new page shouldn't be an issue, but it's good practice to do this, as it leaves space for you to add things at the end of the exam if you want to.
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There are reasons for instructions like this, and if you don't follow them, you're at risk of losing marks. If an examiner doesn't know which question you're answering (and it's not always clear if you've used a lot of extra sheets) or who the sheets belong to, you can't get credit for your answer. Papers can also be photocopied or scanned for the second marker, meaning that even if it's clear in the original booklet, it might not be clear for anyone else.

Starting on a new page shouldn't be an issue, but it's good practice to do this, as it leaves space for you to add things at the end of the exam if you want to.
The extra sheets are appended to the main answer booklet. It should be obvious who's they are. The question you're answering should be clear without having to put the number at the top of every page. For example if a candidate answers question 1 over the first page and then the question continues on the next page, it should be obvious to the examiner that it's still part of question 1 without having to write question 1 continued.
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Are most examiners quite insensitive and don't take into account the fact that candidates are under a lot of stress during exams and aren't always likely to follow instructions as they normally would?
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That comment is a bit unfair. Examiners and markers are fully sensitive & aware of the pressure that students are under, a lot of flexibility is built into marking schemes & approaches eg if an answer us incorrect markers will look at workings that a student has provided & give credit for methodology - a number of students poorly present answers


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The extra sheets are appended to the main answer booklet. It should be obvious who's they are. The question you're answering should be clear without having to put the number at the top of every page. For example if a candidate answers question 1 over the first page and then the question continues on the next page, it should be obvious to the examiner that it's still part of question 1 without having to write question 1 continued.
They're attached by those silly tag things which can easily separate. So no, it's not always obvious.

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You'd be surprised (?) by how chaotic and disorganised some students answers can be


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The extra sheets are appended to the main answer booklet. It should be obvious who's they are. The question you're answering should be clear without having to put the number at the top of every page. For example if a candidate answers question 1 over the first page and then the question continues on the next page, it should be obvious to the examiner that it's still part of question 1 without having to write question 1 continued.
As I said, second markers (and even first markers sometimes) won't always receive the booklet as you've arranged it because it will have been scanned or photocopied for them.Usually detailed instructions are there for a reason.

If an examiner can work it out from context, I'm sure they will. Also- if you're too stressed to remember to write "question 1" at the top of a page, you might also attach your extra sheets in the wrong order.
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