The quality assurance process which checks the marking is crucial to the success of the awarding process
When the scripts are being marked at markers' homes, a small random sample of scripts from each marker is selected and reviewed by the examiners, and a judgement is made on whether and to what extent the marking is severe, lenient or inconsistent. If the marking is judged to be out-of-line with the national standard, the Finalisation procedure (Step 5) provides an opportunity for individual scripts to be reviewed.
When the scripts are being marked at a central venue, the scripts marked by each marker are sampled at regular stages during the marking period. Feedback is given and action is taken there and then. Quality assurance checks are built into the central marking procedure, which means that the 'Finalisation' step does not apply.
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