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We have had visiting examiners from Trinity College London for 16 years (since 2000) examining more than 3,000 students. We have met about 20 of them, a few on more than one visit – which has been a special pleasure.
Trinity examiners are a breed apart. Even after days of exams – examining as many as 25 to 40 students each day – they are as cheerful and welcoming at 4.30 in the afternoon as they were at 9.30 that morning. And they arrive the next day and the next smiling and hearty: “The candidate must be at ease.” is their constant concern.
The candidate can help by keeping to time. In fact, the Appointment Slip asks students to be at the exam 15 minutes BEFORE the start. The syllabus is very clear giving the total time for each grade and an indication of duration for each task or a set of tasks. Teachers, parents and candidates, please time the pieces to fit. Some examiners do overrun time because they are loath to stop a recitation in full flow and will allow the child to finish. Teachers, allow for hesitation, nervousness, butterflies in the tummy, that first-time students may be prone to! And remember that a continuing time overrun will extend overall time and students in the queue may get impatient and distracted.