Originally Posted by weems
I would only disagree on one thing. You really can't tell from how much an examiner writes if the task was passed or not. Some of us are really senile and need to write a lot!
It was my experience in both of my exams that there were 3 possible feelings when I performed an exam task:
I really nailed it (everything felt smooth)
mediocre (Some good, some bad)
blew it (did the task, but had to fight it, not smooth, nothing clicked, etc.)
From that and watching other candidates, when the examiners took "extra" time to write stuff down (i.e. there was a notable wait before the next candidate was waved down), the performance was at either end of the spectrum. When a candidate really really blew the task (e.g. lane changes went out of the lane) or when they were mediocre, the examiner rarely wrote for more than 10 seconds. It's the writing for 20-30+ seconds that I'm talking about. I'm sure there are some examiners who are different, but this was consistent across the 5 different examiners I had this year (I had Barb twice).