On this page we are going to look at how our Edexcel exams and assessments are marked and graded to maintain standards year on year.
At Pearson we believe that learning is a life-changing opportunity and take pride that employers, training providers and educational institutions around the world recognise our qualifications.
To ensure that our qualifications continue to receive this recognition, we have to demonstrate that learners of the same ability are awarded the same grade, regardless of when they completed their course.
When you complete one of our Edexcel exams, your answers will be sent to our examiners for marking. Our examiners are experts in their subject area and are usually qualified teachers. Highly experienced senior examiners are responsible for writing our exams and providing the answers in a ‘mark scheme’.
How is my work marked?
Shortly after you’ve taken an exam, our examiners will be trained on how to mark your work. Our senior examiners will review responses given to each question during the exam and pick examples they think highlight particular details of the mark scheme. These examples are used to demonstrate the standard our examiners should be looking for when awarding marks and where answers needed to go further to get credit.
Once an examiner has been trained on how to apply the mark scheme, they will mark a small number of actual learner responses. Their work will be checked by a senior examiner to ensure that the marks given are accurate, consistent and meet the required standard. If the senior examiner is confident that the examiner is marking correctly, the examiner will ‘qualify’ and will be allowed to continue marking.