New Writing Assessment Criteria by Cambridge ESOL
Most Cambridge English Writing papers are marked using a unified mark scheme that covers different aspects of writing ability. Cambridge ESOL has accompanied the updates that many of its key examinations have undergone over recent years with relevant changes in the way that the Writing paper is assessed. These changes were first introduced in Spring, aiming at an improved and much more fair evaluation of candidates’ papers by the Cambridge ESOL Examiners.
Examiners and marking
Writing Examiners (WEs) undergo a rigorous process of training and certification before they are invited to mark. Once accepted, they are supervised by Team Leaders (TLs) who are in turn led by a Principal Examiner (PE), who guides and monitors the marking process.
WEs mark candidate responses in a secure online marking environment. The software randomly allocates candidate responses to ensure that individual examiners do not receive a concentration of good or weak responses, or of any one language group. The software also allows for examiners’ marking to be monitored for quality and consistency. During the marking period, the PE and TLs are able to view their team’s progress and to offer support and advice, as required.
Please click on the link below so as to read the full description of the newly set Writing assessment criteria.
How are Cambridge English Writing Papers marked? Recorded webinar from Cambridge ESOL
As part of Cambridge ESOL’s new programme of webinars for 2012-13, a webinar on these new criteria, How are Cambridge English Writing papers marked?, was broadcast in September. You can click the following links to watch a recording of the webinar, download the relevant slides and look at the assessment criteria and other features of this mark scheme, learn how it is applied to marking scripts and consider how it can inform your teaching.
This E-Media section of our Teacher Support website also contains recordings of past Cambridge ESOL webinars that you can view. Previous topics include the revised Cambridge English: Proficiency, Cambridge English: First for Schools, Cambridge English: Key for Schools and Cambridge English: Advanced Speaking.