How to use the portal: markers


How to log in

  1. If you haven’t yet registered as a marker, please do so.
  2. Go to the UKLO portal and give your login details.
  3. When you log in, expect to see a welcome saying you are a marker.

How to register as a marker

To register as a volunteer marker,

  • go to the UKLO portal
  • sign up. Having given your email address and a password, you’ll be asked whether you’re registering as a marker or as a teacher.

How to hand over a markathon to a colleague

Please follow the instructions for teachers.

How to register if you’re already registered as a teacher

If you’re already a teacher you can have dual status (as teacher and marker) under the same login. It’s easy:

  • Log in as a teacher.
  • At the top of your page, you’ll see ‘Welcome X’ (where X is the bit of your email address before the ‘@’), then just below that ‘You’re a teacher’. Then just to the right of this you’ll see a little pencil icon. This means ‘edit’, so you can click it to edit your status.
  • Now you’ll see ‘Enlist as a marker?’. Click that, and enter a number for the number of scripts you think you can mark this year. (You’ll be able to edit it later if you want; we reckon it takes between 8 and 12 minutes per script, with a lot of variation between scripts and between markers.)
  • To save it, click the rather easily missed ‘Enlist as marker’ button on the right. Then you should see your status at the top change to ‘You are a teacher and marker’. Well done, and thanks!

How to mark Advanced scripts online or add Advanced results

  1. After logging in, you should see a list of schools assigned to you. For the relevant one, hit ‘Enter points’.
  2. This should open a list of names entered by the teacher, next to columns for each of the five Advanced problems. These columns are for you to enter your points.
    1. Trouble-shooting: If the table of names doesn’t open immediately, just be patient: it may take as long as half a minute to open.
  3. Download the test material and the solutions by hitting the buttons at the top of the page; print them if you want printed copies.
  4. To see the scripts (the students’ answer sheets), you have a choice:
    1. Either see them online. To do this, hit ‘Open scanned results in new window’, which will display the scripts in a small window; you can scroll through the pages by hitting the right or left arrows at the top of this little screen.
      1. Trouble-shooting . We’ve found that, even though all uploaded script files are in pdf format, a small minority of them either display landscape in a portrait window, or display the pdf sideways, which obviously doesn’t work. In spite of considerable research and thought we still have no idea why this happens, so we can’t yet fix it. The effect on you is that, for these files, your options are limited to #4.2 (or asking the teacher to send you the files direct by email). When you open the file on your computer you should find that it opens normally.
    2. Or download them to your computer. To do this, hit the document name (e.g. ‘Document 1’) next to ‘Download papers uploaded by teachers’. Having downloaded the document to your computer, you can open it and either print it or display it in a smaller window alongside the portal.
      1. One major advantage of this approach is that you can edit the file with the free Adobe Reader app, which allows you to write (in this case, to write numbers) on the pdf file. To do this, you have to click the ‘tools’ tab at the top and select ‘comment’; then select the bare T in the toolbar.
    3. Another option is to send your teacher an email asking for the original scripts by post. This is not what the teacher expects, so make sure they read your message and understand what you’re asking for! And make sure you check that it’s happened in good time, as many schools close for half term the week after our test week.
  5. Find the candidate’s name.If candidates aren’t listed alphabetically (by surname or first name), you can use the Windows search operation (Ctrl^F) to find the name.
  6. Enter the points in the cells provided, moving between cells by hitting the ‘Tab’ button or the right-cursor arrow on your keyboard.
    1. Trouble-shooting: Beware: if you use the up or down arrows while your cursor is in a cell, this may increase or decrease the number you just added!
    2. Trouble-shooting: If a cell wall turns red, it’s because you’ve entered a number which is greater than the maximum for that problem.
  7. If you have scripts for which the teacher hasn’t supplied a name, ask the teacher to provide the names; the list is still open to change on the teacher’s login page; but the button at the foot of the list of names allows you to add a new one. If you do so, don’t forget to save it!
  8. Press ‘Save’.
  9. If you’ve entered all your scores, and you think there are no more, hit ‘Done marking’ right at the foot of the page. (NB It’s important to do this because this is the only way in which the portal can ‘know’ that you’ve finished. If you don’t tell it, it will continue to list your marking as incomplete.)
  10. Trouble-shooting. If a portal page doesn’t show the effects of your work, try refreshing it. (I.e. hit the little circular arrow on your browser.)
  11. This should return you to your portal home-page. If you refresh this, you will see:
    1. a tick and ‘Done marking’ under the school by the left margin,
    2. ‘Change points’ (instead of ‘enter points’) on the right of the school name. This allows you not only to change the points but also to check that they are as you entered them – in other words, that you’ve done your job and your results are safe.

How to download solutions and mark schemes

  1. Go to your login page and click ‘Answers released’ at the extreme right at the top.
  2. The complete Advanced paper, including solutions and comments, will open in a new window.
  3. If you want to download it to your computer, or to print it, use the buttons on the toolbar.