White space

25th May 2007 at 01:00
Bob Geddes, principal teacher of technical education at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, encountered no major problems with any of the Standard grade papers - Foundation, General or Credit.

His only quibble was the desire by the Scottish Qualifications Authority's setters to fill white space with unnecessary graphics or illustrations unrelated to the question. For example, question 3 in the Credit paper asked the candidate to describe three ways in which using a computer-aided drawing package would speed up production. Alongside the question was a big drawing of a computer and a graphics tablet "that wouldn't help them answer the question", said Mr Geddes.

That said, it was, he felt, "quite a fair exam at all levels" with none of the "wee, twisted questions" that have cropped up at other times.

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