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On the day of your exam - some things to remember

During your exam there are certain things that you can do to help the markers, so that they can mark your script accurately.

Is poor handwriting affecting your grade?

Spare a thought for the examining teams who will be marking all 14,000 of your exam scripts twice! Achieving this feat in the required timescales is even more difficult when the markers have to spend time deciphering poor handwriting.

Please try to make sure your handwriting is clear and legible, and remember you may miss out on valuable marks if your answers cannot be read. We understand that sometimes handwriting is not clear because of medical conditions. If this is the case for you then please contact the Logistics Team ( - they may be able to make alternative arrangements for you.

Mind the gap!

To help those who mark your script you need to make sure they know which question (or part) you have answered, by writing this clearly in your answer book.  This might sound like a simple request but it can cause confusion if you move to the next question without indicating this.

Always let the marker know if you return to a previous question as well. Our markers have many skills but mindreading isn't one of them!

Finally... try to avoid leaving large gaps between your answers. The markers check your whole paper but if you leave an unusual amount of space your answers could be missed and marks lost.

Read other important reminders to help you on your exam day.

Contact Details

Education Services Team

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 01865 268207

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.