General points about drawing questions


Drawing questions often ask for “... sketches and notes ...”. This means at least two different sketches and at least two notes. Notes are sentences which explain some aspects of the design which are not apparent from the sketches. For instance, in a jig question, you could write “NOTE 1: the workpiece is located against the base of the jig, the block labelled A and the block labelled B” and “NOTE 2: the workpiece is held in place by wedges marked C and D and can be quickly released by tapping the wedges where marked with an arrow”


The sketches should also be labelled, (a label does not count as a note), in block capitals, (not handwriting). If dimensions are given in the question, give them in the answer. Give materials wherever possible, (either as a label, a note or as a key chart in the corner)


Make sure you read and understand the question. Do not say in your answer, “Drill the hole in the wood here”, when the question is about an object made of acrylic, (it does happen). Also, make sure you answer all parts of the question. If it asks for details of materials and fittings, write a note about them


Do the sketches in pencil so that you can change them, (make sure you bring a clean plastic rubber to the examination). Do not press too hard with the pencil or it will be time consuming to do any erasures. You are allowed to use pencil for the notes and labels so you could do them in pencil as well so you can change them if necessary. Make sure you have at least three sharp pencils, possible two HB and one 2H, together with a working pencil sharpener. Sketches should be freehand, you do not need to use a ruler


Spend about one minute per mark. If the question is marked [4], it means there are four marks. Don’t scribble down a quick answer in 90 seconds covering only two aspects of the question. For each mark, you should be providing one important point or aspect


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