Is MarkManager right for me?

On-screen marking is applied today in education in several different contexts.

Scenarios which best suit MarkManager can be identified by the following characteristics:

“High-stakes" examinations

MarkManager is designed for examinations and tests where the outcome is important to the candidate. Rigour is built in right through the marking cycle to ensure equity, accuracy and reliability of marking. Examples include GCSE and A-level examinations in the UK.

“High-candidate count" examinations

MarkManager is not designed for marking of assignments in a small class or tutorial group. Rather it thrives on large volumes of candidates, where economies of scale apply. Examples include an examination series across multiple schools in a school region, certification tests for a global or national professional body and University Entrance Examinations for multiple universities.

Significant proportion of questions not multiple choice

Multiple choice responses can be auto-marked at the scanning stage using Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) technology, without the need for on-screen marking solutions like MarkManager. On the other hand, other types of questions assess a wider range of skills, and it is here that MarkManager comes into its own. Written responses can be a combination of short-form text (including objective), long-form text, diagrams and schematics.

Common structured examination booklets for each course

During the configuration process, you teach MarkManager exactly where to look in the examination booklet for the response to each question. While there is some flexibility in question selection and placement of long-form written responses, there needs to be a structure to the booklet design which can be programmatically interpreted.

Note that MarkManager can be used with “Computer Input" and spoken tests as well as written (“paper-based") tests. For written tests, both combined Question & Answer booklets and separate Writing booklets are supported.