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QCAA - Markers for the Writing Task (WT) and the Short Response (SR) subtests

27 November 17

Markers for the Writing Task (WT) and the Short Response (SR) subtests are selected from a marker pool, which consists of teachers or former teachers from across Queensland.  Each year, the QCAA recruits markers to add to the pool.  The primary objective of the marking operation is to grade student responses validly and reliably according to a prepared marking guide (WT) or item-specific marking schemes (SR). Markers gain valuable professional experience and are paid for their marking and training. Marker training contributes to continuing professional development (CPD) points for registration renewal.  Schools benefit from having teachers who are markers. Teachers who participate in the marking gain a better understanding of the nature of the test, the marking operation and the quality assurance processes that are in place. This knowledge assists them in preparing students for the test. Because marking takes place in the first week of the September state school holidays, there is no disruption to school staffing arrangements.

Become a QCS Test marker

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is looking for new Writing Task and Short Response markers for the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test.

You are invited to apply to join the QCS Test marking team. As a QCS Test marker you will:

  • gain CPD points for registration renewal
  • network with like-minded professionals
  • earn extra income
  • gain practical insight into QCS Test marking.

New applicants must attend a recruitment session and successfully complete a recruitment test to be eligible to mark. They must meet the following criteria:

  • be a registered (or previously registered) teacher
  • demonstrate an understanding of criteria and standards-based assessment
  • be able to apply a prescriptive marking model
  • demonstrate an ability to follow instructions
  • teach or live in Queensland.

The 2018 marking operation will be held in Brisbane from Saturday 22 September to Friday 28 September.

For more information and to apply online, visit  or email or phone (07) 3864 0367.

Applications are open from Monday 4 December 2017 to Wednesday 9 May 2018.