Is it OK to use pencil in maths exam ?

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When sketching graphs it is ok to use a pencil. Right ?????????
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Hi.


When sketching graphs it is ok to use a pencil. Right ?????????
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yeah... ONLY for Sketch Graphs... other work would be unacceptable and the examiner would NOT MARK
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IN both GCSE papers i made such a mess with my pencil, kept crossing out things, workings out....esp. on the non - calc paper

:p: oh well....who cares about the examinar lol
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Yes, it's alright. Make sure the other stuff is in pen.
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When sketching graphs it is ok to use a pencil. Right ?????????
I contacted Edexcel, since I was teaching myself D1 & D2, to ask this question, since, if you make a mess of a preprinted grid/ network/ diagram in ink, it's difficult to recover.

Their answer was that the whole of D1 & D2 papers must be done in ink.

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You would probably have to use ink, since most of the maths papers are now marked by computer, and pencil sometimes does not show up clearly.
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Why are maths exam are marked by computer now?
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Why are maths exam are marked by computer now?
I think what they might mean is that Edexcel now scan some of the papers and let examiners mark them over the internet. It could mean that your exam is marked by a few different examiners if they each mark a different question. Writing can also be enlarged if its difficult to read so I suppose it has its advantages.

I think in a Maths exam you have to do graphs in pencil as that's the proper way of doing it. That's the way I was told to do it anyway.
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yeah... ONLY for Sketch Graphs... other work would be unacceptable and the examiner would NOT MARK
Can you explain how I got an A overall for maths A level when I kept switching to pencil to draw diagrams and forgetting to switch back?
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I'm worried now. I did some of my chemistry in pencil after drawing structural formulas out etc.
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I'm worried now. I did some of my chemistry in pencil after drawing structural formulas out etc.
There's really no problem - except it's more likely that they won't be able to make out something (although still not likely) if you haven't pressed hard enough, or, alternatively, if you've rubbed something out badly and didn't intend it for marking it may be difficult to distinguish that from your intended response. Also, pencil won't copy very well. Examiners won't 'refuse' to mark your script, it just means that there are increased risks of complications for them if you write in pencil.

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I'm worried now. I did some of my chemistry in pencil after drawing structural formulas out etc.
Hmm, i wouldn't worry too much, for my GCSE maths i did almost my entire paper in pencil and it still got marked.
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well they should on the paper cover it's written that sketching can be done in pencil ...if it is that then they have to mark it either ways
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well they should on the paper cover it's written that sketching can be done in pencil ...if it is that then they have to mark it either ways
It says in front of a paper you may use pencil for drawings.
But when it comes to graphs, drawing(to be scaled) and sketching(NOT to be scaled) is quite different. Which is why I got confused. because Qs usually say "sketch a graph".

btw It also says in front to mark a horizontal line at the end of every Qs.

I guess its just a guide line of what to do to make examiner's life a bit easy.
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