Description of the GCSE and A level marking process

An overview of how GCSEs and A levels are marked: focusing on how exam boards control the quality of marking of exams.


Quality of Marking: Description of the Marking Process Used in External Exams in General Qualifications

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The main steps in the process are:

  1. Recruiting and retaining examiners.
  2. Training examiners.
  3. Pre-standardisation and standardisation.
  4. Checking traditionally marked scripts/papers.
  5. Checking scripts marked on-screen.
  6. Carrying out post-marking checks.

This guide doesn’t try to provide an exhaustive description of the marking process, nor identify every instance where practices vary between exam boards.

Published 14 February 2014