Online marking uses a system of stamps and annotations as a shorthand for Examiners. The annotations are created with the purpose of communicating the rationale for marking decisions within the teams of Examiners. The use of annotations is particular to each component and may not be as straightforward as simply adding the number of ticks awarded. It is also the case that Examiners will have agreed when an annotation is and is not necessary for the purpose of communicating the marking decision to their Supervising Examiners. If sufficient information can be gathered from the mark awarded then annotations may not be added to the scripts.
As part of the standardisation of Examiners for each component we train them in how to use this shorthand and how to interpret it.
Guides to the annotations on copies of scripts can be found in the support materials section of your Cambridge International Direct account.