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How do you help students with dyslexia and dyscalculia do well in exams?
Thanks for the question. This isn't something which examiners get involved with. We mark what is before us- no more, no less. It is for centres (eg your school or college) to make submissions regarding extra time etc.
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Did you mean to quote me
No - I meant to quote IDOZ. Sorry!
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okay thanks
and what about the bullet points, are we allowed to do that?
If it adequately answers the question, then bullet points are fine. Probably more relevant to science short answers though.
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Me! :creep:

Apologies if you ever happened to mark my papers/question of mine :rofl:
:lol: I'll look out for some particularly terrible writing then, shall I?
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:lol: I'll look out for some particularly terrible writing then, shall I?
Haha, fortunately did my GCSEs 6 years ago now. So unless you have some ridiculous memory, you won't be enjoying the delights of my handwriting any time soon
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I was hoping I could make this post anonymously to avoid messages/direct messages regarding anything, I applied to one of the major examining boards to mark 'a subject'!

So this is actually a question from one examiner to another (or examiner to be) since my awarding body does not give much information to their examiners: do you know when training/standardisation typically takes places for UK May/June examinations and when marking takes place (i.e. how soon after the exam is sat are we asked to mark).

As mentioned above I won't be replying to any personal or private questions about marking from anyone else. Thanks!
(Original post by Reality Check)
As an examiner of many years' experience for a major awarding body, I'm doing an AMA for you to put your questions regarding the setting, administration and marking of your upcoming examinations. I principally mark Biology, but have also marked Chemistry. I'm happy to answer questions about these sciences in particular, or more general non-specific subject questions. Candidates often have misconceptions surrounding the marking and moderation of their papers, and maybe I can dispel a couple of them via this thread. For instance - if you write outside the box, it will be marked!

I will not comment on the adequacy or otherwise of individual answers to particular examination questions, so please don't post questions which ask this.

Ask away.

NB: the views and advice I give here are based on my own personal experience and observation. They are not the views of a particular awarding body, nor are they officially endorsed by one. Should you have specific, substantive queries about your individual examination entry, you must contact your school/college tutor or Examinations Officer about it.
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(Original post by Turtlebunny)
I was hoping I could make this post anonymously to avoid messages/direct messages regarding anything, I applied to one of the major examining boards to mark 'a subject'!

So this is actually a question from one examiner to another (or examiner to be) since my awarding body does not give much information to their examiners: do you know when training/standardisation typically takes places for UK May/June examinations and when marking takes place (i.e. how soon after the exam is sat are we asked to mark).

As mentioned above I won't be replying to any personal or private questions about marking from anyone else. Thanks!
Hi Standardisation is within a week after your exam date, and marking will go live very shortly after that. Depending on your quota it will take anything up to three weeks and is pretty intense.

Good luck with it. PM me if you need to - I'm happy for you to do that.
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Do you ever discover/suspect cheating when marking papers? If so what do you do about it?
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Why does it take so long for the results to be published?

How long after the exam do you start to mark the papers and when do you typically finish marking all the papers?
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Do you ever discover/suspect cheating when marking papers? If so what do you do about it?
My dad always tells me they will suspect you are cheating when he was trying to convince me to put my working.

He tells me the first question that comes to mind how did you reach the answer? You probably just saw it from the person next to you.
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Do you ever discover/suspect cheating when marking papers? If so what do you do about it?
It would be difficult to make a case for this because answers are marked as 'clips' - scans of individual questions from the cohort. Though we have the ability to view the entire script, I can't think how an examiner would become suspicious of any misdeeds through just marking a clip. Where any suspicions are raised, however, the script would be escalated to the examiner's team leader. It's not something I've come across, however - I think invigilators are probably better placed to raise the alarm.
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Why does it take so long for the results to be published?
There are hundreds of thousands of candidates - things take time. The examining process doesn't just stop at marking, and there are various processes to go through after the scripts have been marked in the immediate 'aftermath' so to speak.

How long after the exam do you start to mark the papers and when do you typically finish marking all the papers?
See my other answer regading this.
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How often do you give the benefit of the doubt if the explanation isn't perfect?
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How often do you give the benefit of the doubt if the explanation isn't perfect?
Good question.

This comes down to the examiner's experience and ability to make fine distinctions. Above all, it's a question of the examiner being able to correctly interpret the answer given and relate it to the marking scheme. Examiners are selected on their ability to do this. In science, there is probably less room for doubt that in arts subjects (very generally speaking), but examiners are always looking to award credit where they can. If an answer contains the right points, then we will always award credit where we can.
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This thread is for me to give people correct answers, not for you to give them wrong ones!
Hey, this is what I’ve been told
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Hey, this is what I’ve been told
So you've been told wrong then...
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How often do you get irrelevant comments such as "I hate science" or whatever?
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How often do you get irrelevant comments such as "I hate science" or whatever?
Lol I second this, how many 'messages' do you get in the papers?
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Can examiners ever be generous and give you extra marks if the answer is technically correct?
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What general exam advice would you give to someone who realllllyyy struggles with biology A-level?
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