You pretty much hit the nail on the head.duy.le said:i like it the way it is because i get about 45-60 mins on q 7&8 and that means i can sufficiently try out most question and get the "give away marks." i would hate it if they changed it so that most people could be able to finish the paper as it would take away this slight advantage over the rest of the cohort. also there is plenty of time already, most of the people i know can finish up to 7 in about 2 hours so there really isnt any problems...
i dont know how it takes u an average of 6-10 hours to do an ext2 exam (however this did happen to me before DAM U INDP. 2006!, although if i was to time my self i would of been different and i would of went faster)
i would say that 3 hours is a good time limit, makes u go fast and think even faster.
i think that if u "ran out of time" then u
a)havnt prepared well enough
b)it was a long test (ie the questions took generally longer to solve, lots of algebra bashing or conics)
c)it was just a dam hard test and everyone will fail.
BTW it takes the teachers 6 hrs cause their hopeless . But seriously think of most of the people that become teachers. They arent the ones dominating ext 2 those people do medicine and stuff. Keep it how it is it is good.