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aqa examiner pay?

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by Rowntreegirl, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. I get £4.61 per aqa lit paper.
  2. Maths Pure Core 1 is £3.15 per paper. I think it's all dependent on the subject and the level.
  3. JodiP

    JodiP Occasional commenter

    I am apalled by the pay from AQA - I am marking GCSE Sociology at £3.17 a paper
    All standardisation done online - took a major part of a weekend - no pay for that!
    Then we have to enter EVERY mark for EVERY question on the computer as well as total on the front and on computer - surely this is data entry and a separate job altogether? When I am working out my hourly rate I think I could earn more in Tesco!
    Anyone else having this problem?
  4. MrGator

    MrGator New commenter

    on the science papers, we were only given a figure of £985 for a quota of 923 for each question - with 20 questions, that worked out at 18,460 questions to mark. Given that the questions marked were worth a total of 35 marks, that's approx 0.029p per question!

    WIth the essay questions that take a few minutes to mark, (let's say 30 per hour) , it's way below minimum wage and they have the data entry done too!

    I expected about £10 per paper when I signed up and expected that a quota meant total questions - being about 95 papers, not 923 papers!!!!!

    I won't be marking papers again - really not worth the time or stress!
  5. JodiP

    JodiP Occasional commenter

    Yeah - don't think I will be marking for AQA again. Bunch of thieves!
  6. sleepyhead

    sleepyhead New commenter

    My contract makes it clear what the expected fee is for the allocation which is 263 papers (or rather 263 of each of 6 questions) It also makes it clear that the payis based on the mark value of the question - so when I'd done my 263x6, all my extras were the high tariff ones.
    Marking online so no data entry since it's all done with the marking.
  7. I wouldn't be put off by the experience of others on here if I were you since the experience of marking is a worthwhile one in itself and since the pay varies so significantly from the level and subject marked.
    I've marked GCSE with AQA and A-level with WJEC. Personally, I preferred the AQA experience as it was all done online. The paper being at GCSE level there were many questions that needed only a generic answer so these weren't assessed by subject specialists like myself so although I was allocated 425 papers, I wasn't actually marking whole papers as a number of questions were deemed as appropriate for generic marking by non-subject specialists.
    I gained a lot from the experience and I feel my teaching has enhanced as a result of it - it's always good to see the threshold on marking and how you can then push those boundaries with your own students in preparation for the exam. As for pay, my 425 part-papers (roughly around 8 questions for section A, and 9 for section B) brought me around £900. AQA vary their pay rate according to the marks allocated for questions also so it is nearly impossible to predict the rate of pay but they are very good at keeping you posted on this front in my opinion. I was given a estimate when offered the position and then this estimate of both number of papers and pay was revised as the marking date got closer (again, varying according to number of examiners made available, number of candidates, number of exam papers completed, etc). When you (and all other examiners on the same paper) have reached your quota by the specified date, a number of additional papers are made available on a first come first served basis so this provides a means of additional pay if you want it.

  8. £4.69 per A Level paper- Terrible.
    I made more from selling my resources on helpmeteach in a week that i did for 3 weeks of hell with AQA
  9. I marked OCR Languages speaking exams last summer. A total of 150 at £4.40. Each exam was 10 to 15 minutes long and it took around 30 minutes to mark/ anotate marks/transfer marks/write a record to the center after some practice (first exams I marked took me longer). Nothing is done online and parcelforge won´t deliver after 3.00pm (I´m in school until 3.45) so I had to collect the papers from them and bare some traffic jams. Got payed today (really late and after sending some emails) the amount of £455 after tax. Do the maths: £3.03 per paper and around £6.06 per hour. If you already have a job HMRC will toast you. Would not recommend to anyone!
  10. seismic

    seismic New commenter

    Electronic products, all online effectively works out at about 2p per mark. I add up all the hours spent then the pay and get an hourly rate. Nearly £30 an hour. Not ****.
  11. butlerm

    butlerm New commenter

    Do you get paid per paper or per question?
  12. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Edexcel pays for meetings or standardisation online, fixed fee. Then pays for a set number of responses to questions - if you reach your quota you get that fee plus a bonus. The pay is therefore neither per paper (you don't mark every question depending on the contract you have) nor per question - it's for the mass of questions. All depends on how quickly you mark, and from my limited observations slow marking isn't necessarily more accurate than rapid marking.
    It can add up to a tidy sum if you mark several papers. I'd estimate I earn something like £25 per hour.
    wanet likes this.
  13. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I made about £20 an hour marking this year at GCSE Latin - the marking was easy but 'entering it' tricky. I think I will be much faster next year, though. Ok-ish after taxes, buying an American fridge freezer with the money!;)
  14. haynes_rhiannon

    haynes_rhiannon New commenter

    GCSE PE quoted at £2.98 per paper, with an allocation of 389 papers. 2 longer response questions at the end which we are encouraged to mark first so that they don’t remain unmarked after the deadline. By the time I had marked all of those, despite the quoted allocation, people who had been marking the quick 1-3 mark answers had pinched my quota! As a result I struggled to meet my trigger points for payment so have still not been paid 2 weeks after the final deadline
  15. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Same thing seems to have happened to me - there are no more scripts left to do. I'll email my team leader but I expect to be paid for what I did do. Oh, well.

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