I took the BEC exam last week and was given the noteboards and markers. The Prometric employees declined my request for paper and pencil. They also told me this was a NASBA policy, not a Prometric policy. The noteboards aren't so bad (whatever), but the markers are a pain. They smear, and they dry out quickly so you are constantly cap off, cap on, cap off, cap on. I actually had one of the markers dry up on me when I neglected to put the cap back on over some period of time. Couldn't tell you how much time since I was trying to concentrate on the exam, rather than the markers. It's a minor distraction, but probably an unnecessary distraction.
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