Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for GCSE & GCE AS/A2 positions
Is guidance provided?
Yes, you will receive guidance and support as outlined below.
You will be given the following documents:
- An Instructions to Examiners booklet for the Standardising of Marking. This contains general instructions such as preparation for the Standardising Meeting. There are separate instructions booklets for online and manual marking.
- A detailed written mark scheme.
How many scripts do I mark?
A normal allocation for GCSE may vary from 250 to 350 scripts. The minimum allocation for GCE is generally 150 scripts. In your first year, you may be asked to mark a reduced allocation.
How much time is allocated to marking scripts?
There is usually three weeks in which to complete the marking - though this might vary depending on the entry figures for a subject.
How much time do I need out of school and is substitute cover provided?
You will need one day out of school/college to attend the Standardising Meeting for each unit you intend to mark. If the meeting is held on a teaching day, you must seek prior permission from your Head of Centre to attend. YES, substitute cover will be provided. You will need to set aside time within your own schedule for your marking.
How do I receive and return the examination scripts and OMR mark sheets?
You will pick up the examination scripts and OMR sheets at the end of the Standardising Meeting (manual marking only). After marking, you can deliver these in person to CCEA or alternatively post the OMR mark sheets by recorded delivery to CCEA and arrange with CCEA for collection of the scripts from your school or preferred collection address.
Are there any other duties involved in this process?
YES. You will be required to total the marks given throughout and on the front cover of each examination paper; transferring the total mark to an OMR (Optical Mark Reading) sheet (manual marking only). Online marking does not require this administrative task as the system does this for you.
You will also be asked to write and forward a brief report on candidates’ responses to the question paper to your supervising examiner. This helps inform the Chief Examiner’s report and is a valuable teaching and learning tool for centres.