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Accurate and reliable marking is a cornerstone of valid assessment. We carry out a wide range of research into all aspects of marking, from selecting, training and marker standardisation to monitoring marker accuracy and identifying factors which affect accuracy and reliability. As a result, we are able to gain insight into how accuracy, reliability and, indeed, efficiency might be improved.

Our research into on-screen marking established the reliability and validity of this mode of marking. Research into machine marking helps to identify the circumstances in which it might be appropriate to use automated marking techniques, and those in which it is not, given the current state of the art.

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Examiner judgement in higher education assessment

Insight, 06 November 2013

Speaking at a recent seminar hosted by the Cambridge Assessment Network, Sue Bloxham, Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria, explored a mismatch between the policy and practice of assessment judgement in higher education.

6th Cambridge Assessment Conference - Examining Risk

Insight, 17 October 2012

The conference on 10 October addressed the issue of risk in examinations. So what can we learn from the past, what might be learned from insights within other fields, and how best we can confront the reality of risk in the future?

On-screen essay marking is reliable

Insight, 24 August 2009

Examiners can mark essays just as reliably on screen as they can in the traditional paper mode – if properly done, according to a recent Cambridge Assessment study.

Exam cheats beware

News, 27 May 2011

This summer a new weapon against those who attempt to get away with cheating in examinations will be deployed.


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Research Matters

Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.

Research Matters 28: Autumn 2019