In the UK
All Cambridge English written exam papers are currently marked in the UK. If you are UK-based and interested in becoming an examiner for either the Speaking or Writing tests, there may be opportunities for you to work with us.
Outside the UK
If you are not based in the UK, our international exam centres employ Speaking examiners for the Speaking part of many of our exams.
You can check for opportunities and apply using the Apply now link on this page.
The induction process
Before you can do any live examining, you will be invited to complete Induction, Training, and Certification of Procedure and Assessment modules. These Quality Assurance (QA) modules may be delivered by online self-access, by telephone and/or via face-to-face meetings.
Invitations to take part in QA modules and any future deployment as an examiner are not guaranteed and are issued as and when examining opportunities arise. If we are not able to use your services immediately, we will email you periodically to ask if you still wish us to keep your details as a possible examiner.
Speaking examiners are required to undertake examining at centres locally or at least within a 60-mile radius of their home address. Assignments normally take place during morning, afternoon and evening sessions from Monday to Friday, and morning and afternoon sessions at weekends. Sessions take place throughout the year but peak in May/June and November/December.
Please do not apply for Speaking test examining work unless you are reasonably available to undertake assignments during the week, in the evenings and on some Saturdays. Speaking test examiners will not be asked to undertake more than two sessions a day.
The majority of Cambridge English Writing tests are marked using the online marking system, scoris®, where you are given access to scripts to mark online. If you would like to know more about this and want to check if your computer meets the minimum system specification, then please click here
If you are interested in becoming an examiner for IELTS (International English Language Testing System), you can find out more about recruitment and training for examiners on the IELTS website
We welcome your application to become an examiner if you have:
- education to first degree level or equivalent
- a recognised language teaching qualification
- proof of substantial, relevant, recent teaching experience
- proof of overall language proficiency relevant to the examination level.
N.B. If you can demonstrate considerable relevant teaching experience supported by positive references, you may be exempt either from the formal teaching qualifications or from the first degree/equivalence requirement (but not both).
Click here to check for examining opportunities in your country and apply
Please note that if you are based in the UK, applications are made to Cambridge English Language Assessment, which co-ordinates all examiner assignments in the UK (except for IELTS).
Please also be aware that the waiting list for potential new UK examiners is currently quite long. If we are not able to use your services immediately, we will email you periodically to ask if you want us to keep your details on record.