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Don’t take gel pens into the exam!

ACCA students take note – you must not use gel pens or Tippex in the exam hall!

June 2017

An F7 student confessed on one noticeboard that they had used a black gel pen and correction tape. Both are big no-no’s, and one breaches exam rules and could lead to an invigilator reporting the student. ACCA’s Sharon Machado told PQ: “Gel pens don’t come through clearly enough in the scanning process, hence answers may not be captured correctly if written in gel pens.” Candidates are advised to use a black ballpoint pen.
The ACCA has also told PQs not to use either Tippex or correction tape. “These items are not included on the list of permitted items which can be taken to candidates’ desks,” explained Machado.
All information relating to permitted stationery is contained within the exam attendance dockets, which students can access weeks in advance of the exam session.

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