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  Online exams could mean instant results
Updated 29 September 2003, 13.26
Kids could sit exams on computers
The nervous wait for exam results may not be a problem for much longer if a plan to let pupils use computers to sit exams online goes well.

Next summer a group of 14-year-olds will sit what are being called e-tests and the computer they're using will be able to tell them their score immediately.

Teachers will still check that the computer has got it right, and mark longer answers too, but you may be able to get results quicker.

No paper and pens

Borrowash, Derbyshire
It might not be instant, because no-one is sure if that's a good idea just yet, but that's one of the reasons the idea is being tried out.

At the moment it's only a test to see if the scheme works, but if goes well it could see lots of kids using computers instead of paper and pens to do their exams.

In 2005 every secondary school is expected to take part in the scheme, and teachers think that kids will find it easy because they're so used to using computers.

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