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2. About us
3. What we do
4. Getting the right result
5. How exams work
6. How grades are awarded
7. Making the grades video transcript

** Making the grades video transcript **

A qualification is a way of demonstrating that someone has achieved a
certain level of learning.

It acts as a passport to the next stage in a student's life, whether they
are entering the world of work or going on to further study or training.

To gain a qualification, students often take examinations, which assess
their knowledge, understanding and skills. 

AQA sets the exam papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels... which
means that every year; we mark more than 7 million exam scripts and award
the grades for nearly 2 million students.

So how does what a student writes in an exam turn into a grade?

There are two main stages: marking the exams, and awarding grades.

Here's how the process works…

When students sit an exam they write the answers in a booklet. 

At the end of the exam the completed booklets – known as scripts
– are sent to examiners for marking.

Examiners are usually qualified teachers. They are trained to mark to the
required standard.
They practise marking scripts using a mark scheme which provides sample


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