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Online Test Scoring Jobs: Here’s Who’s Hiring

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As an online grader, it will be your duty to grade tests and essays, to name a few.  This can range anywhere from grading an ACT/SAT essay or helping with ESL studies.

It’s not as popular of a job as the many I talk about, partially due to the requirements, but it’s a job, nonetheless.  Oftentimes, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree, sometimes an English degree, but this will greatly depend on the job you’re applying to.  I will be sure to let you know what’s expected of you.

Noted below, I talk about the many companies that are often hiring online test graders.  If you’re seeing that they don’t have an opening, then set up an alert or continue to check in weekly as they do pop up on occasion.  Whether you’re a teacher, college student or a recent college grad, there’s something for you, I promise.

As always, I’m 100% honest and straight to the point, so let’s begin!

9+ Online Grading Jobs

NOTE:  The companies I mention below are some of the bigger names almost always hiring.  I’m bound to miss some, of course, and for that reason, I recommend you check out FlexJobs.  It’s a premium search engine that finds you remote online grading jobs from reputable companies.  It’s 100% legit and every job can be done right from home.

ACT

ACT, yes, the test high schoolers take to get into college, often hire qualified people to read and score student essays written for the ACT Writing Test.

Scoring takes place online, which means you can read and score essays at any time, as long as you have an internet connection, of course.  Essays are scored at intervals throughout the year, and your pay is based upon your performance.  The company states scorers start at $12 an hour and it increases from there.

If interested, ACT does ask that you meet the following requirements:

  • bachelor’s degree
  • current teaching experience preferred
  • U.S. citizenship
  • live in the U.S.

If interested, follow the link below for more information as to what’s expected of you as well as an application link.

  • Website:  ACT


Cognia

Corgnia is a non-profit organization that accredits primary and secondary schools.

The company hires seasonal assessment scorers to support “upcoming projects.”  As a scorer, you will read, evaluate and then assign scores to computer-image student work, all from home.

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements at a minimum:

  • have a bachelor’s degrees
  • completion of at least two college courses related to the content being scored
  • basic computer skills

Assessment scorers are hired on a per project basis, but they may allow you to work on multiple projects throughout the year.

ETS

Education Testing Service, or ETS for short, often hires raters who typically work from home.

As a rater, you can be responsible for grading a variety of tests, from the GRE to TOEFL, TOEIC and Praxis programs to name a few.  Your work schedules are varied and will depend on the time of the year.  Also, how many test takers and test administrators can affect the workflow as well.

To learn more about this online scoring opportunity, refer to the link below.  It will direct you to a brief explanation as well as the most active scoring opportunities at the moment.

  • Website:  ETS

Kaplan

As one of the leading providers for education institutions, the company often seeks test prep scorers who want to work from home.

Now, the job isn’t always posted, but you can set up an alert if need be.

To qualify, you will need to pass a qualification test, be at least 18+ years old, and be able to commit to the job for at least six months.  According to reviews I read online, most jobs are open during the weekday evenings and weekends.

To learn more, the link below takes you to the company’s career page.

Literably

Literably is one I have mentioned before, such as in my 101+ non-phone work from home jobs.

Unlike the many companies mentioned here, Literably works a pinch differently as you will listen to students speak and then transcribe any errors you hear.

The nice thing is that you don’t need experience nor do you need a college degree. You just need to pass the tasks when applying.

Jobs start at $10+ per hour, and the payment depends on your performance, like many transcription jobs.  All payments are made via PayPal.  The job is 100% flexible.

Measurement, Inc.

If you search for online test grading jobs, there’s a good chance you will come across the company, Measurement, Inc.  This is one the more popular companies as they offer multiple remote positions.  Their readers/evaluators are responsible for scoring responses to “English language arts, mathematics, science, and other test items.”

If you’re interested in applying, they do ask that you meet the following job requirements:

  • proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
  • proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • attendance during training is mandatory
  • weekly attendance is required

In my research, it appears you will be expected to work weekdays throughout your contract, so this isn’t a flexible option if that’s what you’re looking for.

All evaluators receive paid training before a project begins and you must be willing to operate in a repetitive task situation as well as maintain confidentiality.

Generally, positions are open year-round.  Follow the link below for direct access to both the application and job description.

Pearson

If you have ever gone to college or even high school for that matter, I am sure you have heard of the very popular company, Pearson.  This company hires a variety of remote positions, from tutors to online scorers. As I write this, many of the former and present test scorers have said great things on Glassdoor, from the flexibility to the pay.

You are going to find that most of the jobs vary throughout the year, much like the many I list here, but I promise you that these jobs pop up on occasions.

If interested, you will have to meet the following qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree or combination of education experience
  • knowledge of MS Office
  • strong communication skills
  • previous experience preferred

If you follow the link below, it will take you to a list of current positions as well as more about the qualifications, but keep in mind that many are not remote.  Rather, they ask you to live near the city posted.  However, click on the link if you live nearby one of the cities mentioned as some remote options are available.



SAT

Like the ACT, the SAT hires at-home essay scorers as well.  This position requires you to evaluate student responses.

As a scorer, you can work from your home office, but they do ask that you can commit to at least 20 hours a week when work is available.

Applicants need teaching experience and extensive training is provided upon being hired.

  • Website:  SAT

Write Score

Write Score is said to be a fast-growing educational company that helps schools use their assessment data to promote learning and academic achievement.

As a scorer, it’s your duty to read and score student responses.  When I was writing this, they said orientation was starting in the later summer months, but this could change at any time.

If you’re interested in this position, they do ask that you first undergo orientation and then pass the qualifying levels to be considered.  During this orientation, you will analyze student papers to learn how their scoring system works as well as score a practice paper.

Positions are available throughout the year, all of which you can find via the link below.  Aside from having to pass the qualifying test, you must have a 2-year college degree at a minimum.

Final Thoughts

That wraps it up.

You’re not going to get rich as an online test scorer.  You may be able to make $10 to $15 per hour at best.  It’s not much, seeing you need a four-year college degree, but I’m not sure what you’re looking for as a job goal.

If you’re looking for a flexible job that can be done from home, it’s one to consider, especially if you don’t want to type or talk on the phone.  Most of the time, you’re skimming papers and then grading them.  The job seems to have mixed reviews, but the majority seem to at least like it.

Aside from the companies mentioned above, be sure to check out FlexJobs, Indeed and ZipRecruiter as these job aggregators will post jobs from lesser-known companies.

As always, if you want to add any companies I missed or maybe you want to add to this topic, then feel free to add your thoughts to the comments below.

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