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 Post subject: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:52 am 
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As exam approaches, I feel really concerned and confused as I do not know the procedure during the exam.

Could any of the lovely parents from last years advise on the way of working through the English paper, please?
Why are they asked to have a pen and a pencil?
Can they underline in the reading text?
Are they told when to start or to finish?
Are they given all the papers from the very beginning?

Thank you very much!


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 Post subject: Re: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:44 am 
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Mci wrote:
As exam approaches, I feel really concerned and confused as I do not know the procedure during the exam.

Could any of the lovely parents from last years advise on the way of working through the English paper, please?
Why are they asked to have a pen and a pencil?
Can they underline in the reading text?
Are they told when to start or to finish?
Are they given all the papers from the very beginning?

Thank you very much!


In answer to the last, if you mean both the maths and the English, then no, as they are separated by a break. If you mean all the parts of the English paper, then yes (I assume - all ours took the pre-2015 entry version), since the instructions say to do things in any order, I think?

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 Post subject: Re: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:11 am 
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Thank you very much for your answer, ToadMum!

I meant the English paper, if all of them are given from the very beginning as I tried to figure out if they can read through the comprehension question while reading the text.
I was also confused about the use of pen/pencil. If they can underline in the text...


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 Post subject: Re: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:10 am 
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Hi Mci,

I'll try to answer based on recent mock experience.

The kids were told to use either pen or pencil depending on whichever they were most comfortable with.

The English exam starts with 10 mins of reading time and the kids are told when this time is up. In this time they can read the extract and look through any part of the English exam but are not allowed to pick up a pencil or pen.

As Toadmum mentioned, the English paper is first and the Maths is given after a short break.

Hope this helps x


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 Post subject: Re: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:26 am 
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Hi. I asked my son who did it last year. He said the same as posted above about the mock.
You get given all the English paper together and you can read any part of it in the ten minutes.


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 Post subject: Re: Why pen and pencil?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:59 am 
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Thank you very much ToadMum, Applejack and SlightlyStressedMum!
Your answers are very much appreciated as they make things clear in my mind!

Thank you!


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