The Item Writing Process

The authoring process for assessment items

Written by Aimée Gott
Updated over a week ago

Now that you know what makes a good item and some of the things to avoid, it’s time to start thinking about the item writing process and how to write specific item types.

Step 1: Task Allocation

We will assign tasks through GitHub. The task will tell you:

  • How many items to write

  • Which part of the specification to focus your items on

  • Any requirements relating to item types or difficulty

We will send you a summary email with all your tasks for the week, and the deadline!

Step 2: Author items

You will then have 7 days to complete the writing tasks.

References for writing items:

Step 3: Submit for Review

When you are ready, you can submit your new items for review. You will need to create a pull request in GitHub:

Step 4: Item review

We will allocate a reviewer who will then have 7 days to complete the review process.

You will also be asked to review work from other writers.

Step 5: Item Refinement

You will then have up to 7 days to make any updates to items based on the feedback. Updates should be minor and not require any additional review.

  • Rejected items should be deleted.

  • They will not be re-reviewed.

  • If you disagree with the rejection, talk to us.

Step 6: Internal Review

After revisions:

  • We will confirm the number of accepted items that you will be paid for

  • We will take over, and your responsibility to the content ends

  • We will let you know if we spot any other recurring issues in internal reviews

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