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#601 Norway

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Posted Yesterday, 08:07

@ Aquarelle. Are you still doing postal entries over there? So when they say they are "unable" to take postal entries.....


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Posted Yesterday, 13:14

Hi Norway. I fill in  by hand a downloaded version of the overseas entry form - which has remained the same for years. I collect the cheques which are made out to our rep. I send them on to her with the form and she banks the money in her account. She then writes a cheque for all the entries - mine, hers, Nice, Toulouse etc and sends the entries and the cheque by post to London. The the fun and games of organising the tour begins - it is usually quite complicated but we generally get it to work.


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Posted Yesterday, 14:57

Hi Norway. I fill in by hand a downloaded version of the overseas entry form - which has remained the same for years. I collect the cheques which are made out to our rep. I send them on to her with the form and she banks the money in her account. She then writes a cheque for all the entries - mine, hers, Nice, Toulouse etc and sends the entries and the cheque by post to London. The the fun and games of organising the tour begins - it is usually quite complicated but we generally get it to work.


What a nice trip for the examiner!
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#604 Aquarelle

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Posted Today, 12:19

Well, they have a very tight schedule and I don't think they get to see much of the areas. I have had examiners who have been to us last and have stayed on to spend a few more days in the area. However in that case they have to pay their own way back to England. On the other hand I have others who have left straight after the last exam to catch a train or be driven to the nearest airport - with a picnic meal packed by yours truly!


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Posted Today, 12:58

Well, they have a very tight schedule and I don't think they get to see much of the areas.

 

I'm sure that is true. An examiner friend of mine does a lot of work in the far east (the bulk of the overseas work is in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, I believe) and often paints a picture of 20 or so examiners being packed into a none-too-brilliant hotel, in which the exams are also held. On more than one occasion the entire team has had to move because of noise, lack of air con or even a malaria outbreak. Evenings are spent checking mark forms and re-writing any with faulty addition of marks, crossings out or spelling mistakes: one or more experienced examiners acts as a local moderator and checks markforms with the team after dinner. Examining can be tricky as most candidates are not fluent in English and translators are often not provided (or when they are, they don't have the specialised vocab needed for music exams). There may be one day a week for a little sight-seeing, although many examiners prefer to rest. Not the sort of thing that would appeal to me!


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