Liquid gel ink pen in GCSE

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Hi I did most of my exams in Pentel liquid gel ink pen that was black because on most of the exams I was told I could use black ink or biro, but the aqa answer booklet stated no gel pen should be used in today’s exam but then my ball point pen ran out so I had to write in gel pen. Do you think I would be in trouble? I am so worried and panicky so sorry if my explanations don’t make sense
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why didnt you just ask for another pen?
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should be ok, al long as it isnt sparkly or leaking onto other pages😁
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I don't think that realistically it matters myself. Don't worry too much, it shouldn't make that much of a difference.
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should be ok, al long as it isnt sparkly or leaking onto other pages😁
The issue is not with it 'sparkling' or leaking, it's whether or not it will appear when scanned. The light does not reflect properly on gel pens, so whatever has been written in it may not appear on the examiner's scanned copy of your paper.
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why didnt you just ask for another pen?
well because I read the answer booklet at the end and found that it read different to the question booklet instruction. I was short on time so I reached for the nearest spare pen I had.
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(Original post by Eloise1118)
Hi I did most of my exams in Pentel liquid gel ink pen that was black because on most of the exams I was told I could use black ink or biro, but the aqa answer booklet stated no gel pen should be used in today’s exam but then my ball point pen ran out so I had to write in gel pen. Do you think I would be in trouble? I am so worried and panicky so sorry if my explanations don’t make sense
I really don't understand why people do this, the invigilators literally read out the exam rules at the start of every single exam and they specifically say not to use gel pens. Why couldn't you have asked for a standard pen at the start of the exam or bought a pack of 10 or more standard pens from Poundland for a pound? As Ahmed said it's about whether the paper can actually be read on the computer, they get scanned in and marked digitally.
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I really don't understand why people do this, the invigilators literally read out the exam rules at the start of every single exam and they specifically say not to use gel pens. Why couldn't you have asked for a standard pen at the start of the exam or bought a pack of 10 or more standard pens from Poundland for a pound? As Ahmed said it's about whether the paper can actually be read on the computer, they get scanned in and marked digitally.
Agreed, and if it doesn't scan onto the examiner's copy, then there is no evidence of any work completed, so you end up losing marks even though the physical copy may have the work.
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Even if gel ink doesn’t scan as well, I’m sure the examiner will still be able to read your answer, and if they can’t then they’ll just mark it with the paper copy, don’t worry
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Even if gel ink doesn’t scan as well, I’m sure the examiner will still be able to read your answer, and if they can’t then they’ll just mark it with the paper copy, don’t worry
They won't necessarily have the paper copy. If all the official copies are kept in the headquarters and your marker is half way across the country then how are they meant to mark it?
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They won't necessarily have the paper copy. If all the official copies are kept in the headquarters and your marker is half way across the country then how are they meant to mark it?
They have to request it, the same thing happens if someone writes under the line instead of on extra paper and the examiner notices
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I'm pretty sure they have something against gel pens and they specifically ask you to write in black ball point.
But, you should ask if you're really worried.
When I did my exams it wasn't too much of a problem.
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