How it works

After you have completed your marker application, here’s what you can expect:

Step 1: Date selection

If accepted, you will be contacted with an invitation to mark certain marking sessions, based on your application. Those who are able to mark the same case for more than one marking date, including August (our busiest season) will be given first preference. If your situation changes and you are able to mark additional dates, or you need to drop a session previously applied for, please let us know at as soon as possible. All applicants will be contacted by the end of April.

Step 2: Marker training

All new Densmore markers will be required to participate in an online asynchronous marker training session. We also require new markers to complete a full marking of several sample responses, which will be reviewed by a team leader before the first live marking session. This training program will take place in June. Returning markers are also required to complete a refresher training session prior to marking each year. Live marking will not be offered unless this training is completed.

Step 3: Marking quantities

We will consider the maximum number of papers you’re willing to mark as provided in your application. Please note that the specific number of papers you are assigned to mark may be less than the amount you requested. For reference, new markers are typically assigned no more than ten responses per session for Day 3 cases and five responses for Day 2. We will provide the number of responses allocated to you at least 24 hours before marking begins.

Step 4: Marking sessions

All information for a particular marking session will be sent out approximately one week prior to the marking session start date. All marking is done remotely, and specific turnaround times are provided on the application. Deadlines are fixed, no extensions will be permitted. If you cannot meet your deadline your assigned responses will be re-allocated to another marker.