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Old 06-02-2017, 12:47 PM
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I've graded 3 times, handwriting can be atrocious, but mostly, it's not too awful. Far worse is trying to interpret seemingly nonsensical sentences and calculations.

Going to a 2nd page is fine. I've seen 5-page answers (that should have been fewer pages, but that's neither here nor there). As long as your answer follows a logical progression, graders can figure out what you're doing.
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Agree with all the other graders here. Having to bounce back and forth will take a lot more time. If they can keep it in one document, then it's not that bad.
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...handwriting can be atrocious, but mostly, it's not too awful. Far worse is trying to interpret seemingly nonsensical sentences and calculations...
Agree that the slow part is trying to interpret what those words mean, and why they wrote those formulas, not trying to read the actual words or formulas. In all but a tiny number of cases.
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I've stopped taking exams but if they went to computer in the near-future, I would probably try again. That's a huge hurdle out of my way. Hate writing. And I have to go really slow to make it legible. Plus if you make a mistake, it's much harder to correct compared to digital.

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I spent a huge amount of time trying to decipher the writing of one person with especially bad handwriting
If you graded exam 5 or 6 in 2016... sorry about that.
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How many actuaries don't know how to use excel?
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The CFA Institute is starting to explore on-line exams.

During my grading days, most candidates had legible handwriting. A few had tough to read writing, but I ALWAYS made sure to read, re-read, decipher and grade.
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How many actuaries don't know how to use excel?
Are you suggesting the exam be distributed as an excel file, and each candidate edit a copy of the file?

On whose computer, under what circumstances? How do the graders get the work? There are an awful lot of details to be worked out, and a lot of those are non-trivial.
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Are you suggesting the exam be distributed as an excel file, and each candidate edit a copy of the file?

On whose computer, under what circumstances? How do the graders get the work? There are an awful lot of details to be worked out, and a lot of those are non-trivial.
I think the idea is a testing center (Prometric?) could probably run Excel on some sort of Virtual Machine. Though I could be wrong.
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How many actuaries don't know how to use excel?
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