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Fountain pen, pencil or both for maths?

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LastSummer Wed 21-Sep-11 09:20:52

Hi,

I'm in Greece and completely out of touch with the English school system. My daughter needs to sit some 13+ entrance exams there soon and prefers to use only a pencil for maths. But will she be expected to use a fountain pen too?

IloveJudgeJudy Wed 21-Sep-11 09:27:28

My DS is nearly 13 and in Y8 and yes, he does have to use fountain pen for maths.

LastSummer Thu 22-Sep-11 07:50:22

So, a fountain pen for figures and a pencil for diagrams? Is that the general rule?

IloveJudgeJudy Thu 22-Sep-11 17:19:24

I think so, but I think the numbers in the diagrams are written in pen, eg the angles in a triangle. The triangle is drawn in pencil, but the numbers of the angles are written in pen.

gingeroots Thu 22-Sep-11 18:11:16

I don't think the use of a Fountain pen is common or necessary - IME a biro + pencil is fine .

camptownraces Sat 24-Sep-11 19:15:39

gingeroots - absolutely agree with you, biro or something similar, plus a pencil. I would definitely discourage use of fountain pen for maths, far too messy.

No "ink eraser" pens either, daughter should cross out to make a correction.

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