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An exam marker is someone who is employed to assess and mark question papers handed in by students. This can be from any age group, exam board or institute, such as secondary schools, colleges, universities or even online courses.
The majority of examiners usually come from a teaching background, whether they’re an ex-teacher or are marking papers to supplement their income. They will also mark papers within their specialised subject due to the need for persons knowledgeable and experienced enough to accurately assess exam papers.
To become an exam marker you must be:
There will only be certain times of the year when an examiner will be able to work as there are set times when exams take place. It’s also important to note that you will not be allowed to work for an institute where you know a student who is taking part in the exam you are to assess.
There are certain skills that will be required of you as an exam marker:
Although an examiner only works during a few months of the year, this is still a self-employed freelance position. As such, there are a number of benefits from being able to pick and choose which jobs you want to take on, while working from the comfort of your own home and being able to claim expenses.
However, the amount you will be paid for each job will differ depending on the institute, although you will be given a set fee per paper marked. The fees for each subject will also vary, especially if you are making a paper with long and detailed answers, such as English Literature. Obviously, this would result in greater take home pay due to the additional time required to mark these papers. By using our take home pay calculator you can work out exactly how much you could potentially take home.
Other advantages in becoming a freelance exam marker include:
It’s unlikely that exam marking can be a full-time occupation, because there are only certain times of the year that you will be needed. However, it is a great way of making extra money in your spare time.
Although you will need the initial education and qualifications, training will be provided by the examining board that you work for and this will require you to follow a specific method of marking.
For help and information on finding work as an examiner have a look on:
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