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    Photography exams?

    So, we have run 2 classes of GCSE photography this year meaning we have 50 students who will need to take the exams. With the specs for the exam in hand, it appears that our art rooms each can take 12 students.

    With all the needs (each student has to have access to a computer, they must be able to print in A3 colour on glossy paper etc...), how has anyone else handled running this sort of exam?

    There has been suggestions of sticking all 50 students in our hall at the same time, however this is impractical as the laptops won't run for the 5 hour days that they'll be using them.

    Any thoughts?

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    Sounds like this is a new course and somebody didn't properly work out the cost of running it.
    I'd be inclined to throw it back at them, it isn't too hard to work out what the requirements of running a course are.

    I'd also read the exam specs carefully. Teachers have a habit of using 'exam rules' as a way of getting extra kit from SLT.

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    I've looked at the exam stuff and the main constraints are down to the working space needed, and their need to access a computer. The only new kit they're getting is a printer for each room (inkjet, relatively high spec) so that the students can all print reasonably quickly.

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    Well, its coming to the end of the 2 days that were used for the exam and this is how it looks at the end.

    We had 3 printers running on the first day (2 Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and 1 Epson Stylus Photo 1400). The latter had issues (it is somewhat older than the others so isn't wireless etc... like the others).

    Today we had 4 printers (another R3000).

    We ate through 5 complete sets of ink, plus the ink that comes with the printers, so had to order more.

    Doing a quick calculation. If every student ended up printing 25 pages of A4 and 2 A3, that would be roughly 2320 minutes of printing between the 40 students. So, between the 4 printers, that is just under 10 hours work each, plus ink changes etc...

    So, it hasn't been that smooth.

    My advice to anyone else who is expected to support this sort of course - ensure you know far in advance how many students are taking it, and how many images they're likely to print. Buy 3 x the ink you think will be enough, and 2 x the number of printers.

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    We are just coming to the end of this course as well, question about the exam, does the accounts the students use need to be restricted or can they just use their own normal accounts as is. No one here seems to know.

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    I'm not at that school any more, but they just used their existing accounts with us - we weren't told to set up special accounts. Get a hold of the exam instructions document - it lists all the requirements pretty clearly in there (or it did for us).

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