URGENT!! Gel pens in exams

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I've just realised I accidentally used a gel pen in my A level exam yesterday, apparently if you use a gel pen you automatically get a U because it won't scan? Is that true? Is there anything I can do about it?
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I've just realised I accidentally used a gel pen in my A level exam yesterday, apparently if you use a gel pen you automatically get a U because it won't scan? Is that true? Is there anything I can do about it?
Completely untrue. They can cause problems with scanning and other issues which is why they should not be used. Most black inks scan perfectly well. BUT Some inks fade in light or heat, some smudge or flake off the paper, some bleed through the paper obscuring what you write. As long as a human being can read your answers the paper will be marked - there's a small chance of lost marks if what you have written has become unreadable.
Nothing you can do about it now, your paper will have already been dispatched to the examiner.
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Completely untrue. They can cause problems with scanning and other issues which is why they should not be used. Most black inks scan perfectly well. BUT Some inks fade in light or heat, some smudge or flake off the paper, some bleed through the paper obscuring what you write. As long as a human being can read your answers the paper will be marked - there's a small chance of lost marks if what you have written has become unreadable.
Nothing you can do about it now, your paper will have already been dispatched to the examiner.
Thank you so much!! Do you think a ballpoint black gel pen will have scanned ok?
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Ring the exam board or ask your teacher for confirmation
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I highly doubt they won't scan at all
The exam regulations say don't use them because SOME cause problems.
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