I've recently had a job where I've read exams and graded them. I'm now going to put this on my CV but I have no idea how I should label this kind of work. What have I been? An examiner?
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A person marking or grading the exam is called a marker or grader. An examiner can refer to such a person, but it can also mean one who sets the questions.
In American university systems of my acquaintance, we always call them “graders”. Remember though that in America, the action of assigning a grade to a student’s work is called grading. One does not normally speak of assigning a mark, just a grade. So “marker” wouldn’t be used this side of the atlantic.
I’ve at times been a grader myself, even though I was not the professor nor the TA (teacher’s assistant) for that particular course. This tended to happen towards the end of the term when there was more material needing grading than they were staffed up to handle. This was for undergraduate courses in computer programming.
Also, even though we always assigned numeric scores between 0–100, we still called them graders, never *scorers. Exactly how a particular numeric score mapped to a letter grade depended on the university, the course, and sometimes also on the thing being graded.
Without knowing any more about what you did, or where you did it, you might be able to say that you were a T.A., responsible for grading exams.
Embarrassed to drag up an old thread again, but this is clearly a case where over-reliance on American usage has confused the issue, and I think its worth a note, if it might prevent baseless accusations of national bias.
In the bureaucracy of British education, an examiner is the person who marks or grades the exams, as in the following quote from the website of AQA, an independent exam board for England, Ireland, and Wales:
Scripts are the sheets that the students write their answers on. Both the scripts and the examiners' marks are checked by 'moderators'
So who are the people who set the exam (devise the exam questions)? I have found at least one link that calls them 'paper setters' AQA has an elaborate hierarchy of examiners, including senior examiners, chief examiners and principal examiners who put the exam together. However, the examiner per se is a grader, not a setter.
Is that right? Speak up, cousins!
In some situations the grader is called an assessor, particularly something I've heard for practical or vocational assessment rather than marking a paper exam. For example a trainee hairdresser on an apprenticeship must pass a practical exam in which they cut a client's hair and answer oral questions - their grade in that exam would be judged by an "assessor".
In Merriam-Webster the relevant definition is:
I note another answer talks about difference between British and American usage. Another British examination board, OCR, uses "assessor" as a catch-all term which includes "examiners" (who mark scripts) and "moderators" (who check that scripts have been marked to a similar standard), as can be seen from the snippet below. This includes written subjects as well as practical ones.
Here are some examples where "assessor" is used in the context of a practical exam:
And in the context of written exams, consider this advert for volunteer assessors for an actuarial exam, and note the additional role of the "lead assessor", similar to "chief examiner" in other usages, while the more junior assessor is called the "assistant examiner" (indicating they did the grading but not setting the exam).