Examination Script Processing

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Script Logging

The barcode on the envelope from the Centre, School or College is scanned to check that the scripts match the enrolment data provided by each awarding body. Once confirmed as correct, a barcoded batch label is produced to track the scripts through the process.

Script Storage

All scripts are stored securely and boxes are labelled noting the scanning batch and scanner to enable easy location of the scripts. Exam Administrators can view this information from the administration application in the specialist examination marking software such as e-Marker®.

The Scanning Process

Specially designed PS1000 scanners are used by DRS to capture images of the candidates’ scripts. Quality control measures are carried out at every stage of the scanning process. The scanner uses barcodes to check the batch loaded is correct and the scanner will stop if a page is not in the correct order or inverted, allowing the operator to address the issue and ensure every script is processed correctly. Images of the candidates scripts captured are processed as batches and loaded onto the image storage area ready for electronic marking.

Script Segmentation

The process of “script segmentation” is automatically completed by the scanner software to identify the candidate responses to each question. In cases of exception, where candidates have not clearly identified the question number in their response, manual intervention is used to select the correct question.

Keying and Data Entry

Logging Attendance Registers: The Attendance Registers are received at a keying station where candidate absenteeism is recorded and details sent to the awarding body. Matching Candidate Names: Once loaded into the database, the details are checked against enrolment data and matched.

Guillotining/Trimming of Scripts

Scripts are guillotined to ensure a clean and consistent cut, which ensures accurate scanning.

Scripts are uploaded to specialist marketing software, e-Marker®

Scripts are marked on-screen by markers either at home or in marking centres. Question-level marks and markers annotations are captured by the DRS on-screen marking solution e-Marker® and marking quality is enforced throughout the marking process.

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