How do I submit my controlled assessment marks to Pearson?
Your marks can be submitted on an OPTEMS form (an optically scanned mark sheet), or online via Edexcel Online/EDI.
OPTEMS mark sheets will start to arrive in schools at the end of April 2016 for the summer series - after the Easter holidays. The OPTEMS form will contain the names of all the students you entered for controlled assessment in the summer 2016 series. If you haven't received your OPTEMS and the mark submission deadline is fast approaching, please ask your examinations officer for an update.
You can fill in your students' total raw marks (a raw mark out of 50) on the OPTEMS form. Please do not try to double the mark, convert them into UMS marks yourself, or submit them as a percentage on the OPTEMS! Please also remember that there are no separate additional marks for SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) in controlled assessment.
You need to send the top copy of the OPTEMS form to us. The address should be printed on the OPTEMS form and an envelope should have been provided for this purpose.
You keep a copy of the form for your own records and send a copy of the form to the moderator with the sample of work (the form is printed in triplicate).
Controlled assessment marks can also be submitted online. If you're submitting marks online, you must print out a copy of the marks for the moderator and for your own records.
If you have already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (for example, because of an administrative error), please email the assessment team at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the amended point score.
Removal of OPTEMS
In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
This will be in keeping with other Awarding Organisations, and will offer the following advantages:
- you will be able to submit marks right up to the deadline
- a reduction in the amount of paper being sent through the system, and stored in centres
- it will eliminate the risk of OPTEMS being lost or damaged in the post
- Edexcel Online will display the latest allocated moderator details, capturing any late changes
If your teaching staff usually complete their own OPTEMS forms, please see the guide below on how you can give senior teachers or Heads of Department the relevant access to Edexcel Online to complete their own electronic submissions.
The only exception to this change will be for Entry Level Certificate (Academic) which will continue to have marks submitted via OPTEMS, as these qualifications are not on Edexcel Online.