Friday, August 29, 2014

How are O level papers set and where are they marked? (Part 2)

There has been a lot of talk about how O level papers are sent to Cambridge to be marked, but the truth is that the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) no longer marks paper examination scripts. The UCLES currently uses an ‘e-marking’ system called scoris® developed by RM Results, a company based in Oxfordshire. Under this ‘e-marking’ system, paper scripts are scanned using high-speed scanning machines and the digital copy of the paper script is sent to UCLES.

Examiners from all over the world, who have been trained in ‘e-marking’ using scoris®, mark these anonymous digital scripts on their computers using UCLES mark schemes. The photo below shows how digital copies of the paper script appear on the examiners’ computer screens. It is also possible that each and every digital script is marked by two examiners so that marks awarded can be compared.

scoris® assessor, available at, August 29th, 2014.

The marked digital scripts are then returned to UCLES who convert these marks into grades using normal distribution curves. In the next post we shall see how normal distribution curves play a part in your final grade and why 75 marks for an E Maths Paper may not get you an A1.

Meanwhile click here to see how the entire ‘e-marking’ process works or click on the video below!

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