If you’re a teacher, either currently working or retired, becoming an exam marker could be the perfect job to do in your spare time.
Work will only be available during exam times, so it’s not a full-time career option, but is a great way to make some extra cash.
What does an exam marker actually do?
- Mark exams, either online or on paper.
- Attend a one-day training course to learn about the particular exam you are marking, and to which criteria, to ensure they are being marked consistently by different examiners.
- Discuss any problem exam papers with your colleagues.
There is also the role of Senior Examiner, which requires a few extra tasks to be performed:
- Support other members of the team of examiners.
- Training other examiners
- Attending meetings.
- Ensuring the other examiners are meeting deadlines.
What sort of person makes for a good exam marker?
Even with teaching experience and specialist knowledge, there are still some extra skills you need to possess to be a good exam marker:
- Good under pressure: You’ll have to mark a lot of exams in a short period of time.
- Good at meeting deadlines: You’ll need to ensure you can mark all of the exams by the deadline.
How do you qualify to be an exam marker/examiner?
To be allowed to mark exams, you’ll need to be able to understand them, so that means you need at least one year of teaching experience, with a degree.
Also, you can only mark exams of subjects you have direct teaching experience in.
How much can you expect to earn as an examiner?
The money you’ll make from marking exams depends on the length of the exam paper.
You’ll be paid per exam paper, and can expect to earn £700-£1000 per exam series.
Advantages of being an examiner
Your work as an exam marker will look good on your CV when trying to progress your teaching career, since it shows how dedicated you are, especially to your particular area of expertise.
It’s also a great way to supplement your teaching salary (or pension if you’re recently retired).
Disadvantages of being an examiner
Though work as an exam marker/examiner is only available at certain periods of the year, it is also incredibly intensive.
You’ll have a huge number of exams to mark for how little time you have to mark them.
It can be both incredibly stressful, and boring.
Accounting as a self-employed examiner
There are various benefits to working as an examiner, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.
But there is one downside – accounting.
As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.
Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from what you love doing.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.
But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Pearl Accountants is different
Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:
- Take-home pay
- Which VAT scheme to register for
- Tax allowances
- Choosing between sole trader and limited company
- Running your business in a tax-efficient way
We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076