Onscreen Marking System

  • Christina LeeEmail author


This chapter complements Chap.  2 in that it reveals, pictorially, the processes that markers must progress through during the training, qualifying and live marking stages of the operation. The processes involved in marking on screen can appear quite daunting to the uninitiated but it is hoped that by presenting the information in pictorial, graphic fashion, readers will be able to access and understand the marking operations more easily than through a prose account. To further aid readers, Appendix A provides an extensive account of the Graduating Students’ Language Proficiency Assessment (GSLPA) OnScreen Rating System (ORS). The GSLPA is an assessment of the abilities in written and spoken English of students about to graduate from university. It was developed at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University between 1999 and 2002. The Appendix is included to provide a description of an examination used in Hong Kong which allows for online marking from home rather than in designated centres.

Seven main functions of the OSM system are outlined below:
  1. 1.

    Getting started

  2. 2.

    Logging in

  3. 3.

    Viewing Reference Scripts

  4. 4.

    Viewing Marking Summary

  5. 5.


  6. 6.

    Viewing Marking Records

  7. 7.

    Viewing Marking Statistics



Training Stage Qualifying Stage Viewing Marking Marking Scheme Marking Record 
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This study was prepared with the kind help and support of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority. It was produced from material in their OSM Markers’ Guide, and has been revised by Christina Lee.


  1. Lumley, T., & Qian, D. (2003). Assessing English for employment in Hong Kong. In C. A. Coombe & N. Hubley (Eds.), Assessment practices: Case studies in TESOL practice series (pp. 135–147). Alexandria: TESOL.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment AuthorityWan ChaiHong Kong

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