Blue or Black pen or 2B pencil. The exams in many subjects are being scanned and marked 'on-line'. No other pen or pencil will scan properly. So it is not that your exam won't be marked, it won't be able to be marked!!
I don't think HL maths for Leaving Cert is getting scanned, if so our school havent been told anything about it. We were alwyas told you can write in blue, black or pencil. But would be recommended to be in pen as the pencil can get smudged over ths summer of correcting
You can write in pencil if you want but there is a chance it might get smudged and then the qustion is unclear and your paper cant be marked properly. So its better to just use a pen or 2B at least, but I'm just writing in pen because it's not worth the risk.
i wrote both my math papers last year in a hb pencil and it all turned out okay. i think its just a myth. i saw someone above saying they go over their pencil with pen after the exam, you will not have the time for that in the real exam.
I can assure you that maths, biology, physics plus other subjects are being marked online. you need to use a 2B pencil or darker or it won't scan.
source- my teachers are marking the exams this year and are getting training on how to mark the exams online.
For the junior cert ones that they did online marking for it said blue or black ink only, I can't find anything saying pencil is allowed at all but surely HB would be recommended since it won't smudge like 2B. Gonna take both in and see if the examiner person says anything about it I guess
I haven't heard that maths is getting scanned online for this year, I think it's only chemistry. But yes you should write in pen becuase your paper could be travelling half way around the country (goes up to Athlone, distributed to examiners, may be send to another chief examiner to be reviewed etc) and the pencil could easily fade or become smudged and unreadable. This is what my teacher told me anyway. Better safe than sorry
There was a DES Circular released to all schools this year. It states that any scanned exams should be completed in ball point pen, and diagrams can be completed in pencil.
So we know that in some parts of the exam you can write in pencil, so conduct an experiment here. Go up to your printer, write something in pencil, and scan it. See does it come out okay. Most scanned exams (SATs, DATs) are told to use HB pencil, and althought they use a different scanning technique, you should take that as a marker.
Teachers tell people to write in pen because your paper MIGHT rub together to smudge your writing, but honesty, you'd want to put some serious work into it to acutally smudge it beyond legibilty (considering you're using a HB pencil).
So what should you do? If money isn't a problem, get some of those erasable ball point pens. If it is, it's up to you. I know I'm doing the paper in pencil. Also, as a word of advice, if you are going to write in pencil, use a mechanical pencil. They never get blunt and you never have to pare them. Better on all accounts.
By the way, the papers that are being scanned are Maths, Biology, and Chemistry. There's one other but I can't remember it. Ironically these are the papers that most benefit through writing in pencil.
For reference, here's a picture of my SAT Essay, which is written in HB pencil, and scanned just like the Leaving Cert paper will be.
The heavy parts are scanned HB pencil, the lighter parts are parts that I've rubbed out, particularly at the bottom.
See? Perfectly legible, apart from my handwriting.
Look at the bottom of the first page. Blue or Black biro ONLY. Diagrams can be done in pancil, but my information says that anything lighter than 2B is not guaranteed to scan properly.