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There appears to be no guidelines nor restrictions regarding print style for SOA written exams. Personally, my cursive is 10x better than my print, so it is the most legible and is quicker for me to write. With the exam about seven months away, my plan is to write cursive, but does anyone have any other information on this issue?
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Any thoughts by those who recently sat for this exam?
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As long as it's legible I don't think it matters
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As long as it's legible I don't think it matters
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This is the one.

It doesn't matter as long as the graders can read it.

They can't give you points for what is incomprehensible to them.

Same for pen v. pencil. I used colored pens on my FSA exams - mainly writing in black, but using other colors to underline/box important points or my final answer. My intent was to make it easy for graders to find the important parts of my solution (yes, they have to read the whole thing, but making things easy for graders is just politic.)
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ding!

This is the one.

It doesn't matter as long as the graders can read it.

They can't give you points for what is incomprehensible to them.

Same for pen v. pencil. I used colored pens on my FSA exams - mainly writing in black, but using other colors to underline/box important points or my final answer. My intent was to make it easy for graders to find the important parts of my solution (yes, they have to read the whole thing, but making things easy for graders is just politic.)
Yes. Yes it is. I suspect that, when I graded college exams, whenever points were in question I was more inclined to be generous when I didn't resent the student for making it hard to decipher what was on the page.
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Cursive + pencil + colored pens + underlining/bullets = my approach. Hopefully that and 500+ hours of studying until November does the trick.
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Cursive + pencil + colored pens + underlining/bullets = my approach. Hopefully that and 500+ hours of studying until November does the trick.
450 hours later, I am checking up on this subject.

By reading some other threads and the SOA website, it appears that we are allowed to use different colored pens, highlighters, crayons, and pencils on FSA exams?
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i don't recommend having so many different writing implements that it slows you down, but those all sound ok
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