Provincial Assessments and Examinations


The following information is intended to inform teachers about the policies and procedures established for the purpose of equitably selecting markers. Please refer to the application form for the selection criteria.

Teachers must submit an application form annually to be considered for participation on a marking team. Please submit one application form per school year. New forms are available mid-summer prior to the new school year.

Send completed application forms to: exams@gov.bc.ca

Personal information is collected by the Ministry of Education under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of keeping an eligibility list of markers for the current year and administering marking contracts. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, please contact the Manager - Examinations Administration & Marking, Student Certification Branch, at P.O. Box 9886, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9T6, or phone 250-812-0272.

Participation in any one session does not guarantee inclusion in the following sessions; for example, participation in the February session does not guarantee inclusion in the July session. Due to the large number of applications received every year, selection of an applicant to a team might not be possible.

Only those teachers selected to mark in a given session will be notified. Teachers invited to mark will receive an email invitation approximately 2 to 3 months ahead of a marking session from exams@gov.bc.ca.

Since a successful applicant will be appointed to and become an essential member of a marking team, it is important that the applicant is able to participate full-time in a team's assignment. Marking activities (exemplar selection, training, credentialling and marking) occurs on weekends or statutory holidays.

The Marking Unit will use email to communicate with you before and during marking sessions. You are responsible for ensuring you check your emails regularly and for keeping your profile current. Please send a revised marking application form if any information such as email, home address, name, school, and/or teaching assignments change. If the change is minor, you can also send the changes via email to exams@gov.bc.ca

T4As will be sent automatically to each marker by February 28th. No Records of Employment will be issued by the Ministry of Education.

Marker Application

Application Deadline: September 30

Marker Credentialling

Markers must first attend and successfully pass a credentialling workshop. Workshops result in the most efficient use of time within the actual marking sessions, provide participants with valuable insights into the marking process and are an excellent opportunity for professional development. The criteria for becoming a credentialled marker not only includes meeting the marking standard, but also demonstrating that this standard can be met within a specified time frame. All of the items used for both the exemplars and the scoring have been extensively graded by teachers from across British Columbia, and a consensus for each question's mark has been established.

The purpose of the credentialling workshop is to:

i) outline the duties and responsibilities of markers;
ii) establish valid and reliable marking processes; and,
iii) credential BC teachers for the purpose of marking.

The workshops consist of orientation, familiarization with the holistic scoring guide, and viewing previous examples (exemplars) of student responses. Participants will also review the marking and grading of previous assessments and examinations, and be given feedback on their own scoring of sample responses.  Following the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to take an online assessment where they will be asked to score sample responses within a set time period. Successful completion of the online assessment will result in being credentialled.

Register for upcoming workshops: