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As well as responding to the challenges of coronavirus, we’ve also been moving ahead on some planned improvements. For a while now, the majority of our GCSEs, A Levels and Cambridge Nationals exam scripts have moved to being marked on-screen, and now it’s the turn of Cambridge Technicals. I therefore wanted to let you know what we’re doing and what it means for schools and colleges offering our Cambridge Technicals (2016) exams.
We’ll be piloting on-screen marking for two units in the January 2021 series – Level 3 Business Unit 1 and Level 3 Digital Media Unit 2 – with a view to expanding this in summer 2021.
Scripts can be marked either ‘traditionally’ or ‘on screen’. In traditional marking, scripts are sent to examiners who mark the hard copy and return marks and scripts, separately, to OCR. In on-screen marking, scripts are scanned and sent to examiners electronically. They are then marked by examiners on their computer screens using our on-screen marking system. Moving to on-screen marking allows us to allocate scripts to examiners and monitor progress more efficiently as well as reduce the amount of travelling a script has to do.
The biggest change you’ll see will be hard-copy attendance lists, which we know you’ve been asking for! Currently, all attendance lists have to be submitted online via Interchange. However, if you have candidates taking either Level 3 Business Unit 1 or Level 3 Digital Media Unit 2, we’ll send you a paper attendance list for you to return with your scripts – there won’t be an online attendance list. We’ll send the attendance lists with your script return labels.
At the moment, we send separate script return labels for each unit and qualification. For example, one label for those students taking Unit 1 as part of the Certificate and another for students taking it as part of the Diploma. With on-screen marking, we can combine labels for each unit so that no matter which overall qualification a student is taking, all the scripts for that unit can be returned in the same packet.
In order to track the question papers securely, we’ll be adding barcodes to the question papers but you probably won’t notice much of a difference other than this. However, it will be even more important than ever to make sure the current instructions to use black pen and avoid correcting fluid are followed since papers will now be scanned.
There will be no changes to the way you receive results or for any of our post-results services – you still submit your requests via the online form on our website.
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Paul is the Senior Customer Support Manager. The Customer Support Team provides support, training and guidance for centres administering OCR qualifications. Before managing the Customer Support Team, Paul was a Customer Support Manager and has worked in the Operational Hub and as a Product Manager. His experience in these roles has given Paul a diverse range of knowledge that helps to assist and support our customers.