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It is important that you correctly attach barcode labels to the script packets we send you. We scan the barcode labels as soon as your script packets arrive to tell us which scripts are in the packet. We use this information to get your scripts to the right examiners as soon as possible. If you do not follow our guidance, it can lead to delays in the marking process, extra transportation and other environmental impacts, and even lost scripts.
You must follow the regulations in section 5.4 of the Cambridge Handbook when packing your scripts. There is also more guidance available about packing and sending scripts to us.
The information below explains how and why you must correctly attach barcode labels to your script packets.
You must write the following information on the script packet:
Do not attach a barcode label and write details on the script packet. You should only write on the script packet if you do not have a barcode label.
What is wrong?
The barcode is covered with tape.
Why is it a problem?
The tape creates a reflection which makes it difficult for our scanning machines to read the barcode. This can cause delays because we need to print a new label and pass it through the machine again.
The barcode is folded.
Our scanning machines cannot read the barcode. This causes delays because we need to print a new label and pass it through the machine again.
There is no barcode label attached.
The script packet cannot be delivered to the right location. We need to manually check the contents, print a new label and send it to the correct department. This can cause a significant delay to your scripts reaching examiners.
The barcode label is from an earlier exam series.
Even if you write this year’s exam series on the label, the barcode still relates to the earlier exam series. This means that your candidates' work will be processed as part of the earlier exam series. To find and correct this error is time-consuming and can delay your candidates’ results.