Hi 12plus mum
As you say, the reason for this is that the papers may be reused.
I have no idea if my son or his compatriots wrote on the test paper, and I didn't ask any of them. I was only interested in their eventual pass marks, and not the convenience of Bucks Admissions!
If your son is used to using the test paper for working out certain questions such as codes, then I can see no justifiable reason why he should not use the 12+ paper in the same way.
12plus mum wrote:
I did speak to county hall and they did say that a child would not be marked down if this happens
I should hope not!!
The question and answer papers "part company" at the end of the test and there is no way that it could be recorded that an individual child had written on their test paper. The papers are then also electronically marked in the same way as the 11-plus, which would not allow for a child to be marked down for artificial reasons.
The cynic in me really wonders if this "rule" is merely designed to disconcert 12-plus applicants, and thus reduce the numbers passing. I can see no other reason for it.
I wish your son the very best of luck.
P.S. I have moved this thread to Bucks. Edit - and deleted the duplicate thread which I have only just noticed!