I'm one of those people who writes extremely little in exams. I'll write 2 sides in a 45 minute AS English Language essay, and 2.5 in a 45 minute AS History essay.
My teachers constantly reiterate to the class that we must write at least 3 sides in exams or we will do badly. This depresses me greatly, as I think I'm doing something wrong yet I still get a low A or a high B when I take what seems like endless numbers of mock exams.
Apparently I have a very concise or 'dense' style of writing, in that nothing I put on the page is superfluous description - it's all analysis.
So, are you one of the crowd who writes sides and sides of script, or are you part of the 'Concise club?'
I write about 4 to 5 pages in 50mins. BUT, my handwriting is absolutely appauling and at times i cannot even read it myself!
quality not quantity as always
I'm a very slow, neat writer (not dyslexic, or stupid for that matter), and I have to rely on my decent vocabulary and being concise in order to complete the exam. It's never harmed me before though, I usually get A's.
However, if I get absorbed my writing, it gets messy and fast but stays concise. For my English Higher last Friday, I somehow managed 7 pages in 45 minutes, and everything was relevant. Hoping for an A band 1.
I write really really fast and I write lots of pages... simply because I think fast and want to put it all down... It really depends what you write though, not how much...
I'm in the middle. I don't cover the points if I write too little, and if I write too much, my handwriting becomes unreadable.
For the GCSE english summary, we did a practice and had to write 250 words. Everyone else was way over. I had 67 words.
Hmmm, I normally write at a rate of just under 4 pages per hour in prose, that's ommitting thinking time though. My handwriting is pretty bad but readable enough for teachers to not complain (either that or they gave up two years ago).
I usually only write a couple of pages, but I have tiny handwriting, with something ridiculous like 18 words to a line. I write slower in foreign, and fastest (and most) in Eng Lit. But Lit is probably my best subject...
I wrote 15 pages in my RS Philosophy & Ethics AS module exam. 15 pages for 1 essay, split into 2 parts.
In English exams I always write loads. By the end my handwriting usually doubles in size and my hand starts to cramp.
My friend, who is very good at english, once wrote seven pages of discussion on a (fairly basic) science experiment. She was telling me about it and worrying whether it wasn't too little, and how she had started writing about irrelevant stuff towards the end in order to take up more space.
Oh, and this is a typed assignment - seven pages typing is like twelve pages of handwriting.