Send scripts for marking

Instructions for exam officers on how to send us students' question papers after the exams.

If you're sending marks and samples for non-exam assessment (NEA), see submit marks instead.

Before the exam

We'll send you:

  • grey AQA-branded sacks for you to put your scripts in
  • blank yellow or white labels to print your exam labels on
  • attendance registers.

Order extras as needed

  • If you need extra sacks and/or blank labels, order extra stationery.
  • If the original label has been used, extra printable versions can be ordered using our exam labels form. These will be available to print on Centre Services 24-hours after the request has been submitted.
  • Attendance registers can be found at Centre Services. To access, select ‘pre-exams/entries/current entry reports/academic year/series/subject reports‘.

Print exam labels and logs in advance

  • Exam labels and transfer candidate labels will be available to print 24-hours before the exam on Centre Services. To access, select ‘exams/script dispatch labels/print labels’.
  • Dispatch logs for Department for Education (DfE) centres can also be found on Centre Services. To access, select ‘exams/script dispatch labels/print labels’.

About your label types

If your school or college is in England, you'll receive one or both of these label types:

Yellow labels with a barcode in the middle. See details for DfE's yellow label service.Sample yellow address label

White labels with a bar code on the left for any qualifications not covered by the DfE's yellow label service.
Sample white label

If your school or college is outside England, you’ll receive white labels with a bar code on the left for all qualifications.

After the exam

Fill and label the sacks

  • Ensure that the attendance register is filled in. Please write ‘W’ for withdrawn candidates and ‘T’ for transferred candidates in the absent column.
  • Use treasury tags for any loose additional pages and forms, and place them behind the front cover of the student’s answer booklet. Don't use paper clips or staples.
  • Place the scripts and attendance register in the sack.
  • Reinforce any single or lightweight dispatches with card and seal the sack.
  • Stick the label on the sack and make sure the entire barcode is showing.
  • Ensure component/unit code on exam label matches component/unit code on exam script.

Dispatch your sealed sacks

  • Yellow label packages – May to June: if you have timetabled exams on three or more days during any week, Parcelforce Worldwide will contact you to arrange collection.
  • Yellow label packages – July to April: call Parcelforce on 0344 561 7998 to book a collection. This is a dedicated service and a contract number isn’t required. Fill in the dispatch log you printed from Centre Services and retain in school for tracking.
  • For white label packages we recommend using a tracking service. If you use first class post instead, then make sure you keep proof of postage. Ensure you have put both the white label and your chosen courier label on the sack.

What happens next

If you’re not able to send your scripts on the day of the exam, please make sure they are kept secure and arrange for them to be dispatched as soon as possible.

Once you’ve sent your scripts you don’t need to contact us. We’ll send you an email alert if we haven’t received your scripts within two to five days of the exam, or within two weeks if you’re sending from overseas.