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Space in exam papers (gcse)

If I run out of space on the lines in gcse aqa exam papers, is it ok to go underneath in the white space (not out of the page lines), or will this not get scanned in? I know there are additional pages, but am worried that the examiner will ignore this and don’t like the inconvenience of having to flick back and forth. Any advice?
Reply 1
Whilst you could do it, perhaps don’t. I did in my GCSEs and refused to use the back pages but that just meant that my paragraphs and sentences became slightly harder to read. Anything inside the box will be scanned so you don’t have to worry about that as well.

About the additional pages. These days examiners mark one question each to make the marking more consistent and convenient for them and it is done on the computer. Any additional pages that you use will be scanned in for the examiner to see so if you finished the question on the additional pages, the examiner will have access to all your question. So dw about the examiners having flick back and forth.
Reply 2
Original post by Tiny_spy
If I run out of space on the lines in gcse aqa exam papers, is it ok to go underneath in the white space (not out of the page lines), or will this not get scanned in? I know there are additional pages, but am worried that the examiner will ignore this and don’t like the inconvenience of having to flick back and forth. Any advice?

It should be fine as long as you write within the marked box. I'm probably gonna have to go under the lines, especially for science 6-markers
Original post by Tiny_spy
If I run out of space on the lines in gcse aqa exam papers, is it ok to go underneath in the white space (not out of the page lines), or will this not get scanned in? I know there are additional pages, but am worried that the examiner will ignore this and don’t like the inconvenience of having to flick back and forth. Any advice?

i asked my teacher this and she said it is okay to write just under the question and most examiners will read it - if you worry it wont get scanned just try and make it clear you have written more under maybe with an arrow or something just incase.
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Original post by amelia2728181383
i asked my teacher this and she said it is okay to write just under the question and most examiners will read it - if you worry it wont get scanned just try and make it clear you have written more under maybe with an arrow or something just incase.

I’m getting mixed messages, as I’ve heard from one teacher that sometimes there are scanning issues, when bits get cut off but if it’s only a few words I probably will write below the lines
Original post by Tiny_spy
I’m getting mixed messages, as I’ve heard from one teacher that sometimes there are scanning issues, when bits get cut off but if it’s only a few words I probably will write below the lines

ohhh okay yes i will probably do the same then just to be safe, if its only a little bit I'll write it under and then if i have quite a bit more to say ill use the pages at the back. I'm so bad with it i always run out of space 😂
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Original post by amelia2728181383
ohhh okay yes i will probably do the same then just to be safe, if its only a little bit I'll write it under and then if i have quite a bit more to say ill use the pages at the back. I'm so bad with it i always run out of space 😂

Honestly, same 😂 I write too much but then again, you never know what the mark scheme is looking for, so better safe than sorry 😊 At this point, what I’m stressing about most is how to format my answers, not the content lol
Original post by Tiny_spy
Honestly, same 😂 I write too much but then again, you never know what the mark scheme is looking for, so better safe than sorry 😊 At this point, what I’m stressing about most is how to format my answers, not the content lol

yes literally i always write out everything related just to make sure i get a mark haha. i feel like I'm more stressed about everything other than my actual knowledge and revision, i keep thinking about every possible thing that could go wrong instead of revising😅
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Original post by amelia2728181383
yes literally i always write out everything related just to make sure i get a mark haha. i feel like I'm more stressed about everything other than my actual knowledge and revision, i keep thinking about every possible thing that could go wrong instead of revising😅

I’m so glad that I found someone else in the same situation. All my friends seem to be able to write concisely but they don’t get as many marks and nobody seems to understand the struggle of wordy people 😆 😭

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