In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the controlled assessment marks. You should sample double-mark, selecting mark points within the same band from different teaching sets. The double marking should continue until you are satisfied that you have achieved comparability.
Internal standardisation should ensure that your centre's candidates are ranked correctly.
It's important that you annotate the controlled assessment to show the moderator how you have interpreted the mark scheme and applied it to the students' work. You should mark and annotate the work in ink (rather than pencil).
Indications in the margins as to where specific assessment objective bands are perceived, together with summative comments at the end of each part of the controlled assessment, are ideal. Please ensure that the audience for your comments is clearly the moderator rather than the student.
You should not attempt to grade the work; you should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.
The controlled assessment and coursework grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process. Grade boundaries, which are subject to change each exam series, are published on the grade boundaries page. For summer 2017, they'll be available to download from results day (24 August 2017).
Please also remember that the mark you submit to us should be the total raw mark, not the UMS mark. The UMS marks are allocated by us as a result of the awarding process.
A score of zero should only be used if a candidate has submitted work that is found to meet none of the assessment criteria. An X should be used for any candidate who is absent.
Removal of OPTEMS
In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:
- you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
- a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
- it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
- Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes
If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.
The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.