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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:45 pm 
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This might sound trivial but...

With an HB pencil it is difficult to make a clear mark on the answer sheet.

What is the recommended technique...

Line

Blob

Scribble?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:02 pm 
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Hi

I think it must just be a definate line. A computer is used to read the papers, so as long as the answer is in the correct box it'll be fine.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:42 pm 
we practised this last year - it's amazing how tricky it is when you are working fast to make a clear line in the boxes.

We just practise speed marking. I called out the 'answer' and child marks on sheet. at the end, the lines were clear, usually one stroke. helps if pencil is not too sharp.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:07 am 
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Anonymous wrote:
helps if pencil is not too sharp.


I'm thinking of trying with a non-HB pencil....

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:15 am 
My child's exam board specified HB pencils to be used for MCQ sheet.

Just sharpen pencil normally,then write with it to 'flatten' it slightly. HB is also easier to rub out somehow if you want to change answers. we also practised that, would you believe it?


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Anonymous wrote:
We also practised that, would you believe it?


I do believe that... and we need to do some practice!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:22 am 
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HB pencils


Forgot to add, they specified 2 pencils but I prepared 5 spares in the way described above so no time wasted if pencil broke during exams. HB writes ammother and is only a problem if pencil is too sharp.

It's only a small thing but can slow down or panic child if have to sharpen pencil in the middle of the tests.

WritingtTables have been known to collapse during exams and candidates have to carry on whilst the invigilators fix the table. Not very good when you have a time limit to do your test. :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:24 am 
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HB writes ammother and is only a problem if pencil is too sharp.


Sorry, SMOOTHER!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:27 pm 
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Dear All

I am a bit of a dragon on this one.

Its just one smooth straight line. No colouring in. No going backwards and forwards over the same line.

I explain to my students that each time they go back over their line they are wasting 1 SECOND 80 questions thats 1 MINUTE 20 SECONDS

In that ime they could have answered half a dozen easy questions!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:32 pm 
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We had a BIG debate about this last year - it is best to send your child in with HB pencil - the 'dumb' machines read the marks on the paper so they need to be clear and unambiguous.


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