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Our international reputation for excellence, reliability and fairness in language assessment depends on the high quality and professionalism of our Assessment Specialists. Thousands of people work for us as Assessment Specialists, both in the UK and in countries around the world.
The term Assessment Specialist is used to encompass many roles which includes, but is not limited to, Writing Examiners, Speaking Examiners, Item Writers, Proofreaders, Content Vetters, Assessors and Moderators.
We have a large existing pool of Assessment Specialists but there may be opportunities for you to work with us.
This page gives you more information about what some of our Assessment Specialists do and what is required from them.
Please read this information carefully. If you meet the required criteria, you are invited to search for opportunities and apply using the Apply now link below.
*An applicant may be exempt either from the formal teaching qualification or from the first degree/equivalent requirement (but not both) if they can provide evidence of considerable relevant teaching experience (i.e. ideally 3,000 hours or more) supported by positive references.
The induction and training 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 online or face-to-face meetings.
Examining in the UK
Speaking Examiners examine 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.
Invitations to take part in QA modules and any examining as a Speaking Examiner are not guaranteed and are issued as and when examining opportunities arise.
Please do not apply for Speaking examining work unless you are reasonably available to undertake assignments during the week, in the evenings and on some Saturdays. Speaking Examiners will not be asked to undertake more than two sessions a day.
We have a large pool of UK Speaking examiners but recruit a few each year.
Examining outside the UK
If you are not based in the UK, our international exam centres directly engage or employ Speaking examiners for the Speaking part of many of our exams. Speaking examiners are not employed by Cambridge English.
If you are interested in becoming a Speaking examiner, and meet our requirements, you can contact your local exam centre to see whether there are any opportunities for examining. Find your nearest exam centre.
Before you can mark any written papers, you will be invited to complete Induction, Training, and Certification of Procedure and Assessment modules. These Quality Assurance (QA) modules are delivered by online self-access.
Invitations to take part in QA modules and any work as an examiner is not guaranteed and is issued as and when marking opportunities arise.
The majority of Cambridge English writing tests are marked using the online marking system, RM Assessor, where you are given access to scripts to mark online. Marking sessions take place throughout the year but peak in May/June and November/December. Your computer will need to meet the RM Assessor minimum system requirements.
If you are interested in becoming an examiner for IELTS (International English Language Testing System), you can find out more at IELTS examiner recruitment and training.
There are different roles for Assessment Specialists in the field of Teaching Qualifications.
Before you can do any live examining you will be invited to complete a selection exercise and training. Invitations to take part in training modules are not guaranteed and are issued as and when marking opportunities arise.
Examiners are part of a team of markers, closely supervised by Team Leaders. Every session starts with a week’s worth of co-ordination activities to ensure standard marking. This is obligatory for every examiner. Examiners are allocated a number of candidate scripts to mark within a strict marking window.
DELTA Module One and Three examiners are recruited during specific recruitment campaigns and not on an on-going basis.
Please note that work as an examiner is not guaranteed and invitations will be issued as required.
Before you can do any live assessing, you will be invited to complete a selection exercise and training. Invitations to take part in training modules and any work as an assessor is not guaranteed and invitations are issued as and when opportunities arise. Training is on-going and assessors must complete this in order to retain their status.
Assessors work independently as part of a pool. Centres arrange the assessment directly with an assessor. This happens on an ad-hoc basis but Assessors must do at least two assessments a year.
DELTA Module Two Assessors are recruited during specific recruitment campaigns and not on an on-going basis.
Assessors may be asked to review trainers-in-training or induct new assessors as required.
CELTA Assessors are recruited during specific recruitment campaigns and not on an on-going basis.
There are occasional opportunities to join an Item Writing team to write for one of the TKT modules or DELTA Module One examination.
Item writers are recruited during specific recruitment campaigns and not on an on-going basis.
To view our current vacancies please visit the Opportunities section on the Assessment Specialist recruitment website. In the Opportunities section select Show More Options and select the Business Unit Cambridge English. You can create a profile and register for alerts when a new vacancy is published.