So, I saw an examiner on the train the other day... Watch
Also, bear in mind that experienced examiner's can glance over scripts and know exactly what's going on. MY head of maths is a chief examiner for MEI, I know how fast he marks work, and I've also seen his marking first hand, it is extremely thorough. These people have marked enough papers that they know the mistakes you're going to make and know where they can spend time and save time. The first time you try and solve a quadratic equation it takes quite a while, after 5 years of it the answer to simple ones is there within seconds, marking exam papers is exactly the same. Most examiner's are good, a few are not, that's why we have remarks.
My poor mum spends about half an hour marking each paper. She never sleeps and is quite ill because of it
I always assumed they were not allowed to take the scripts out of their houses incase they got lost/stolen etc.
Apologies, as this was a GCSE exam I saw being marked, but it's still to do with the same thing.
There aren't enough examiners, hence they give it a quick glance and that's the end of it.
At least, most examiners do. There are, of course, some good ones out there that don't do this.
Yuff needs to realise that TSR does not represent all the students in the UK.
I was going to post this in the general discussions but I felt now that most exams are over now, it'd be good to have a discussion about examiners who are marking AS/A2 scripts based on my account of what I saw the other day.