Step 1: Preparation of a question paper
Experienced teachers/lecturers are appointed as setters to produce a draft question paper which is designed to be of the required standard and to meet the specification. This draft (including a draft marking scheme) is then discussed with the Principal Assessor (PA) for the subject and changed if necessary. Three other subject specialist Vetters (normally teachers and college or university lecturers) then meet with the PA and check the content, the difficulty of the questions and how clearly they are worded, before the paper is finally approved. Once the paper has been typeset and proof checked by the PA and setters, a final quality assurance check is carried out by a Scrutineer who works through the paper as a candidate would. After the paper is printed a final check identifies the need for any Correction Notice.