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    i always used pen cuz the teachers said so. but in fact, do they allow pencils in exams? no eraser for me is a mess - -
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    The rubric for most GCSE/GCE exam papers and answer booklets says you can use black or blue ink only - so I guess no pencils (unless drawing graphs etc. perhaps)
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    yeah I see no reason why not. look at a past paper and see if it specifically says not, and always bring a pen in in case (black or blue)... it would be very unlucky if they changed the rules.
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    I don't think pencil is allowed because it would be too easy for it to be erased, either accidentally or deliberatly.
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    PEN - blue or black ink (NOT as i saw someone doing last year, green) and no erasers. That's what I've been told at least.
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    (Original post by mik1a)
    What is the problem with erasing work? I did it all the time in GCSEs.
    they mean erasing things after the exam has finished....
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    i use pen for all tests apart from maths
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    (Original post by JeSuS_sLiCeR)
    i use pen for all tests apart from maths
    you actually have to write in pen for maths, I'd used pencil in all my exams and in my mock sats (way back in year 9!) then in the real sats about halfway into the exam the teacher goes you have to write in pen so I had to rewrite about half the paper...

    so pen
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    I believe for maths, not sure about others, if you use pencil they do not have to remark your paper if you request it, it's the same if you use tip-ex in a maths exam.
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    " you actually have to write in pen for maths, I'd used pencil in all my exams and in my mock sats (way back in year 9!) then in the real sats about halfway into the exam the teacher goes you have to write in pen so I had to rewrite about half the paper...

    so pen " - what has your sat2 tests got to do wid a level ? pens are most favoured in a or o levels . in sat1 , pencils are must . in sat2 , pens are allowed .
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    Hey slowjamz, rubric is 1 fine ass word...

    Anyway, I wouldn't advise using pencil, although sometimes (if I have time), I might write the answer (e.g. in maths) in pencil and if it's right, rub it out and do it in pen... but most of the time, you don't have time...!
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    we were discussing this in maths- the reason they don;t like you writing in pencil is that papers are sometimes photocopied for different people to mark so they can be moderated (this is true of all subjects) + penicl doesn't photocopy as well + as clearly as pen does.

    lou xxx
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    My maths teacher told us that the examiners actually prefer us to write in black ink pens instead of blue. Not sure why.
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    (Original post by nayeem18)
    " you actually have to write in pen for maths, I'd used pencil in all my exams and in my mock sats (way back in year 9!) then in the real sats about halfway into the exam the teacher goes you have to write in pen so I had to rewrite about half the paper...

    so pen " - what has your sat2 tests got to do wid a level ? pens are most favoured in a or o levels . in sat1 , pencils are must . in sat2 , pens are allowed .
    it was ks3 sats... So I'm guessing you'd have to write in pen for GCSE and therefore also for a level...

    I just looked at some of my past papers and for the Edexcel GCSE maths it doesn't say what to write in, but for Stats AQA GCSE it says pen, and pencil only for drawing...
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    You have to write in blue or black so your papers can be photocopied if needed
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    (Original post by mik1a)
    Also cos examiners use red.
    and chief examiners/moderaters use green to check the red.

    lou xxx
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    (Original post by Avi)
    My maths teacher told us that the examiners actually prefer us to write in black ink pens instead of blue. Not sure why.
    This time round some of the edexcel a-level maths papers (can't remember which ones exactly but some of the lower numbered ones) are going to have the questions in booklets with space for answers, as opposed to writing in a seperate answer booklets. These new ones are apparently going to be scanned and emailed to the markers so they're asking students
    to use black ink.
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    I can't believe there is a thread in the academic form for can you use pencil in exam. Just read what it says on the top of the exam paper. Generally as stated above pencils are not allowed.
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    always a black pen, but when drawing graphs in maths physics etc pencil. standard.
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    When you can, you should avoid using pens. Not all mistakes can be erased and they will only break your heart.
 
 
 

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