Review of Marking

Before applying for a Review of Marking, you should note;

• component results can go up, down or stay the same – this means that your overall grade can also do the same.

• on average, reviews only result in a change of 3 or 4 marks – and they, more often than not, do not change at all.

• component results do have notional grade boundaries, but these are irrelevant when considering a review of marking. You must check your Award Grade Boundary, to see if you are close to the next grade up.

• if having two (or more) components in the same subject reviewed, it is entirely possible (and has happened before) that one of the reviews could take the total mark above the award grade boundary, whilst the second review brings it back under again.

• the outcome document you will receive from the awarding body will only indicate the overall mark for the reviewed component(s) it will not show any changes to marking at the question level – if question level information is required, you must request an EAR2S Review of Marking, plus a photocopy of your reviewed script or EAR2PS Review of Marking, plus a photocopy of your reviewed script service.

If you wish to appeal the outcome of the Review of Marking, the photocopy of your reviewed script may contain evidence that could mean the appeal will not be upheld. If this happens, you will still be liable for the appeal fees. See Review of Marking – Appeals.

• the School cannot give advice on which component to have reviewed – this is entirely the candidate’s decision.

• EAR (Enquiries about results) services are not available for internally marked, externally moderated components (such as NEA).


If you have read the above, and checked component and award grade boundaries, and still wish to apply for a review, please read the following information;

EAR1 – Clerical Re-check

A Clerical Re-check is a re-check of all clerical procedures leading to the issue of a result.

This service will include the following checks:

• that all parts of the script have been marked;
• the totaling of marks;• the recording of marks;

The outcome of the re-check will be reported along with a statement of the total marks awarded for each unit, or component, included in the enquiry.

• Available for YR11, YR12 and YR13 candidates
• Outcome within 10 calendar days of the application being made.
• Deadline for application (and payment) – see Post-Results Deadlines

EAR2 – Review of Marking

A review is a post-results review of the original marking to ensure that the agreed mark scheme has been applied correctly.

This service will include:

• that all parts of the script have been marked;
• the totaling of marks;
• the recording of marks;
• a review of marking as described above;
• if requested, a copy of the reviewed script(s) for those units/components included as part of the Access to Scripts service.

• Available for YR11, YR12 and YR13 candidates
• Outcome within 20 calendar days of the application being made.
• Deadline for application (and payment) – see Post-Results Deadlines

EAR2S – Review of Marking, plus a photocopy of your reviewed script

• Available for YR11, YR12 and YR13 candidates
• Outcome within 20 calendar days¹ of the application being made.
• Deadline for application (and payment) – see Post-Results Deadlines

EAR2P – Priority Review of Marking

• Available for YR13 (all Exam Boards) candidates and YR11 Edexcel students only
• Outcome within 15 calendar days of the application being made.
• Deadline for application (and payment) – see Post-Results Deadlines

EAR2PS – Priority Review of marking, plus a photocopy of your reviewed script

• Available for YR13 (all Exam Boards) candidates and YR11 Edexcel students only
• Outcome within 15 calendar days of the application being made.
• Deadline for application (and payment) – see Post-Results Deadlines

¹The script copy part of this service will be made available as per an ATS2 application, and therefore the deadline for receipt is the same – see Copies of Papers.


Photocopies of Reviewed Scripts

Please note the following;

AQA you have 14 calendar days from the date on the outcome letter to apply for a Photocopy of Reviewed Script. There is no guaranteed turnaround time.

Edexcel you can apply anytime after the outcome is known – although there is a final deadline date, the same as that for EAR2 applications (see Post-Results Deadlines). Photocopies of reviewed scripts can take up to 20 working days for completion.

OCR you cannot apply for a Photocopy of Reviewed Script after the review has been completed – this has to be done at the same time you make your initial request for review.

WJEC you have 14 calendar days from the date on the outcome letter to apply for a Photocopy of Reviewed Script. WJEC claim that turnaround is immediate.


See Post-Results DeadlinesPricesCodes and How to Apply for Post-Results

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