Glossary of Terms
Advanced Extension Awards (AEA)
Qualification targeted at the top 10% of year 13 (18+). Available in a limited range of academic subjects to demonstrate greater depth of understanding.

Allocation
The number of centres/papers allocated to an examiner/moderator to mark.

AQA Baccalaureate
The AQA Baccalaureate recognises the achievements of well-rounded post-16 students, which demonstrate that students have achieved success in terms of A-Levels and wider learning and enrichment activities.

Ask AQA
An online facility to view FAQs and submit questions, available 24/7.

Assistant Principal Examiner (APE)
Supports and reports direct to the Principal Examiner.

Assistant Principal Moderator (APM)
Supports and reports direct to the Principal Moderator.

Attendance List/Register
Computer generated list of all the candidates entered for the examination paper at a particular centre.

Authentication
Confirmation that the work has been produced solely by the candidate.

Batch Dates
The dates on which a portion of the papers you have marked should be posted back to AQA.

Candidate
When a student makes an entry for an examination, s/he becomes a candidate with associated entry options.

Candidate number
A four digit number allocated to a candidate for a particular examination series.

CAW/FB
Centre-assessed feedback form for centres.

CAW/FB/CONT
Continuation centre-assessed feedback form for centres.

CAW/INST
Centre instructions for centre-assessed work.

Centre
An organisation (such as a school or college) accountable to AQA for the assessment arrangements leading to an award.

Centre assessed work
Centres are required to ensure this work is carried out under direct supervision and without any additional assistance.

Centre Consortium
A group of centres with joint teaching arrangements, so that the candidates for a component can be treated as a single entity for the moderation of centre-assessed work.

Centre Declaration Sheet (CDS)
Coursework authentication form.

Centre Mark Form (CMF)
Printed sheets used to collect centre-assessed marks.

Centre number
The five digit number allocated to all approved centres.

Chair of Examiners
The person responsible for maintaining standards in a subject across different specifications and methods of assessment year on year.

Chief Examiner
The person responsible for ensuring that the overall examination of a specification meets requirements and maintains standards year on year.

CMI+
Computer Marking from Image+. An online system where examiners mark scanned images.

CMM
Computer Multi Media. An online system for examiners to record candidates marks for some Modern Foreign Language components.

Component
An individual part of a specification. Also referred to as paper or unit. Components may be marked by examiners or moderators.

Coursework
Tasks undertaken by candidates during a course of study. Coursework is normally marked by centres and then sampled by moderators.

CRF (Candidate Record Form)
Used by centres to carry formal statements signed by teachers and candidates to verify the authenticity of candidates' work; declare assistance received and source material and record the marks awarded.

Diploma
A new qualification developed by AQA & City and Guilds designed to recognise achievement of the 14 - 19 learner group. It combines practical skill development with theoretical and technical understanding and knowledge. Diplomas (formally called specialised Diploma).

DPA
Data Protection Act

e-Assessment
A group of initiatives that use technology to enhance the quality of the examination process for the benefit of candidates.

EDE
Where candidates are identified as EDE the moderator should assess the work in addition to the sample.

Entry Level Certificates (ELC)
A subject based qualification for students (usually only 14-16 year olds) unlikely to reach the bottom grade of the Foundation Level in the National Qualifications Framework.

e-marker password
Unique identifier given to examiners to access CMI+, CMM, OMS and QMS systems. Also referred to as the DRS password.

e-portfolio
An online system for coursework moderation. Some moderators within given components may moderate specific centres online and others by post.

EPS
AQA's main Examination Processing System.

EPS Pin
A unique number given to every examiner/moderator which is maintained on EPS.

Examiner
A person appointed to mark an allocation of examination papers in a particular Component. Overseen by Team Leaders.

Examiner Performance Record
A report completed by the senior examiner for each team member at the end of each examination series.

External assessment
Tasks set by AQA, taken under specified conditions and assessed by examiners.

First Phase Sample
Ten scripts marked by examiners, immediately after the standardisation meeting, to establish whether they are applying the correct standard and theres are cleared to mark their allocation.

GCE
General Certificate of Education. A product type.

GCSE
General Certificate of Education. A product type.

Handbooks
A set of instructions for a specific group of examiners or moderators.

Key Skills
A suite of national qualifications.

Lines of Learning
Diploma Lines of learning are the 14 qualifications that are being developed over the next three years across a sector.

Mark Scheme
A scheme detailing how credit is to be awarded in relation to a particular component.

Marking review
The re-marking of candidates' work prior to the issue of results.

MOD/AUTH/Q
Letter to centre about faults in Candidate Record Forms.

MOD/CEN/ADD
Letter to centre requesting additional coursework for the sample.

MOD/CEN/ADM
Letter to centre about faults in sample.

MOD/CEN/P
Letter for moderators to request coursework sample.

MOD/CEN/RET
Letter to send to centres/AQA, with returned coursework.

MOD/SAMP
Team Leader's sample form.

MOD/SPR
Special Report Form

Moderation
The process through which internal assessment is monitored by AQA to ensure it is reliable, fair and consistent with required standards.

Moderator
A person appointed to moderate centre assessed work.

Moderator Mark Form (MMF)
A form upon which moderators record the outcome of the moderation process.

OLS
Online standardisation. Any CMI+/OMS/QMS/CMM components may be standardised online.

OMS
Mark Sheet. An online system for examiners to record candidate marks.

PAR
Parental assisted candidate: Where candidates are identified as PAR, the moderator should re-assess the work in addition to the sample.

PES
Processing Examining Services

Principal Examiner
A person responsible for the setting of a question paper, the standardisation of its marking and advising the awarding committee on how the question paper functioned.

Principal Moderator
A person appointed to be responsible for the coursework of a specification, the standardisation of centres' teachers, and advising the awarding committee on the standard of work completed.

Private Candidate (PRI)
A person making his or her own examination entries. Coursework for such candidates is always prime marked by the moderator.

QDS
Qualifications, Development & Support

QMS
An electronic system for submitting Question Marks on Screen.

Regression
A statistical approach, applied during the moderation process, used to make any necessary adjustments to centre assessed marks.

Rubric
A set of instructions and other items of guidance provided for candidates on an assessment.

Script
The term used for an examination paper that has been completed by the candidate.

Second Phase Sample
A sample of 50 scripts sent by examiners to their team leaders midway through the marking period, to establish if they have continued to mark correctly and consistently.

Series
A group of examinations in the same product range, eg GCE, GCSE, with a common closing date for entries. The series is defined with a series year, code and name.

Session
When a candidate sits an exam (January, Summer, November, etc).

Specification
The complete description - including mandatory and optional aspects - of the content, assessment arrangements and performance requirements for a qualification.

Standardisation
A method of training examiners and moderators to mark to the correct standard. This may be through a Face to Face meeting or online (OLS).

Team Leader Examiner (TLE)
The Senior Examiner responsible for overseeing the marking of a team of Examiners.

Team Leader Moderator (TLM)
Supports and reports either to the Principal Moderator or APM.

Unit
A component or module of a specification.

Visiting Examiners
Examiners who visit centres to mark candidates work.

Visiting Moderators
Moderators who visit centres to mark a sample of coursework.



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