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Pen or Pencil:
Every year we have cases of students that use the wrong writing medium and eventually there is major concern as to whether they will be penalised for it or not. The answer is that Cambridge never penalise candidates for such a misdemeanour, but we often make their marking process a difficult one. So depending on their level, please remember to tell your students the following:
- All YLE exams are written in pencil (preferably soft B or HB type). Also the candidates must ensure that they have a set of coloured pencils, which they will need to answer one of the listening tasks.
- For KEY (KET) exams the candidates will be using only soft B or HB type pencil for all their papers.
- For PRELIMINARY (PET), FIRST (FCE), ADVANCED (CAE) and PROFICIENCY (CPE) the candidates will be using soft B or HB type pencil for all their papers apart from the WRITING for which they are asked to use BLACK pen.
Often we are asked about the use of correction fluid (Blanco). Please inform your candidates that Cambridge will not allow the use of correction fluid, or correction tape or erasable pen for any part of the exam.
Mistakes made on the WRITING paper:
Candidates should just draw a line over the mistake (irrespective of the size) and rewrite the wrong word, or phrase or section. Cambridge guarantee that students will not be in any way penalised for such corrections.
Only during WRITING will the candidates be provided with a sheet (or more if needed) of rough paper, on which they may draft the outlines of their compositions.
Many students endeavour to write the full task on the rough paper, which often doesn’t allow time for copying on the actual Answer Booklet at the end. Please ensure that your students understand the risk involved in this approach and ask them to allow plenty of time for copying. If they find this to be the only way they can perform their best, please get them to practice doing so on more occasions than one.
Other items to have or not to have during the exam:
Our candidates should know that apart from the above-mentioned pencils and pens (for UMS exams only), on the day of the exam they should also bring along a sharpener, a rubber and possibly a ruler.
They should also remember to bring their ID cards or other form of ID, and their Confirmation of Entry document.
Finally, candidates should know that they are allowed to have a small clear bottle of water on their desks and they may drink during the exam.
Apart from the above candidates should refrain from bringing any other items, foodstuff and drinks.
Mobile phones and watches:
Please inform your candidates that they should not have mobile phones, other electronic devices and watches during the exam. Any candidates who bring any of these items along they will have to hand them in at the receptions and only get them back at the end of the exam.
There is a natural tendency in some students to attempt copying from a fellow participant, and although we train to invigilators to be highly attentive to such malpractice, there have been occasions that copying is achieved. However, all students should be aware that Cambridge have a highly sophisticated system, which allows them to compare the answers of each candidate with those of the answers of their fellow candidates and spot with extreme accuracy all case of copying from one another.
Candidates should also know that once such a case is spotted, the Results of the culprit are withheld even if they were to be a PASS.