Can I use python or other programming languages in the computing science exam?

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We have been told to produce our answers in pseudocode, however the questions do state "using pseudocode or a programming language of your choice"?
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We have been told to produce our answers in pseudocode, however the questions do state "using pseudocode or a programming language of your choice"?
Because the mark scheme and examiners are looking for the concepts and logical thought process and not an ability write a specific code. It"s about breaking down a problem and describing a solution in such a way that's independent of any specific programming language with rigid rules and syntax.

The student can simply choose any of perhaps dozens or more programming languages. But that makes marking harder and prone to error. Pseudo code can be translated into any specific language without the need for the mark scheme to describe nor examiners to know the commands, syntax and rules of them all.

Think of pseudo code as a universal description rather like the pictorial instructions accompanying say a piece of self-assembly furniture or plastic model-kit. No knowledge of any language translations required.
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If you have the choice, pseudocode is much safer because it's natural language without strict syntax which removes a whole source of potential errors.
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