Subject: Material in examinations
Date: November 4, 2011
Attention TCE Co-ordinators, teachers of examined subjects and candidates in examined subjects.
Candidates are to be reminded that where they are allowed to take a book such as a dictionary, including specialist Biological and language dictionaries, into an examination the book is to be UNANNOTATED. Unannotated means that there is no added writing, flags, tabs, underlining, highlighting or other forms of markings.
Where Examination Supervisors detect such annotations to a book it will be forwarded to the TQA for consideration of a possible breach of the exam rule by the candidate.
In one subject, EVS315109 Environmental Science, candidates may opt take one folder of word processed notes into the 2011 examination. Advice given on 10 May 2011 and in the Student Guide to External Assessment 2011 indicates these notes are to be 'unannotated'. Given that the notes are written by the candidate, any flags, tabs, highlighting or other forms of markings on the folder of notes will not be a breach of the examination rule.
I apologise for any confusion that may have arisen from our earlier advice.
Phil Geeves Manager - Operations TQA