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Academic Test Scorers

Updated: Aug 21, 2021


There are plenty of companies offering online test scoring jobs to suitable applicants, here are five of the leading options: online test scoring jobs are Jobs that are completed and submitted online, that involve grading papers, exams, or tests for a specific company or examining board.



You might find yourself grading SAT papers, ESL tests, or any other standardized test or piece of writing. The work is varied and you’re able to choose the type of jobs that suit you and your expertise.

Rates of pay vary, with most companies offering around $9 to $15 per hour worked, although some offer as much as $20 per hour. Again, this really depends on the type of jobs you’re taking and the company you’re working for.

With most companies, the pay isn’t affected by the experience levels or qualifications of the contractor and is instead dictated entirely by the specific job that is being completed and the perceived level of complexity or time it takes to complete.

The 5 Online Test Scoring Jobs

1. ACT

ACT requires the services of skilled ‘readers’ to score student writing tests. The ACT writing test assesses individuals writing skills and is often taken alongside other reading or English exams.

As an ACT reader, you will score the piece of writing based on ACT’s writing domains. The full grading criteria are provided prior to scoring your first paper and ACT agents are always on hand to offer support to readers. Each paper is scored by two individual readers who are not in contact. This is to ensure each paper is scored fairly and accurately.

All applicants need to hold a Bachelors Degree in English and ACT does favor those with teaching experience, although this isn’t necessarily essential.

According to ACT, their readers average $12 per hour, although this will increase with the number of tests scored accurately and efficiently, so the earnings can end up much higher for those with extensive experience working as an ACT scorer.

2. ETS

ETS, or Educational Testing Service, provides a range of online test scoring opportunities. They provide tests for various institutions including high school SATs, proficiency tests, and many other online and offline exams.

As an ETS scorer, you might find yourself working on a range of different tests, the requirements and rates of pay will vary depending on the specific job.

Some of the jobs will require applicants to hold a Bachelors Degree, while some will require a Masters Degree. Some will ask that applicants hold relevant teaching experience, while some require no prior experience or specific qualification.

Due to the wide range of opportunities and the varied nature of the jobs available with ETS, this is one of the most popular sites amongst online test scorers.

Pay also appears to be relatively good, averaging between $10 and $20 per hour.

ETS does ask that you commit to a dedicated work schedule, so this might be less convenient for those with other demanding responsibilities. You will also be required to carry out training prior to receiving your first job and this can last up to four weeks.

3. Write Score

Like ETS, Write Score is one of the more popular sites of this kind. Their website allows prospective applicants to sign up for job alerts, but often you will be added to an initial waitlist due to the high number of applications they receive each year.

The work is seasonal with Write Score but tends to run throughout the entire academic year, so more widely available than some other providers.

As a Write Score contractor, you will be reading and scoring extended writing written by students of elementary, middle, or high school age. The work is extremely rewarding and engaging as you get an insight into the minds of young thinkers and get to view the world through their eyes while grading their work.

To apply, you will need a degree qualification of some description and access to a computer and a stable internet connection. Deadlines can be tight and Write Score doesn’t pay their contractors for training hours, which is off-putting for many prospective scorers.

Pay falls somewhere around $10 to $15 per hour depending on the specific job, which is fairly standard.

4. Pearson

With over fifty years of experience in test scoring, Pearson is regarded by many education institutions as the leader in reputable test scoring. In more recent years, Pearson has begun offering online test scoring jobs to workers.

Unlike the other companies listed here, Pearson doesn’t use freelance contractors, instead, workers are taken on as part-time employees. This means more stable and consistent work and benefits such as sick pay. It does, however, mean that you’ll need to commit to working a minimum of twenty hours per week, which might not fit in with everyone’s schedule.

All applicants must hold a Bachelors Degree and pay is set at $10 per hour. There is also the opportunity to earn more if you’re willing to extend your availability to off hours and can complete a high number of jobs efficiently and accurately.

5. Measurement, Inc.

Like Pearson, Measurement, Inc. hire test scorers’ as company employees, usually on temporary contracts. The online test scoring jobs are seasonal and recruitment tends to take place between March and November each year.

The work is largely project-based, but you’ll likely be required to work Monday to Friday on a pretty strict schedule. If you can fit this into your lifestyle, Measurement, Inc. offers good rates of pay and the jobs are varied and interesting.


You could be scoring anything from English exams to art projects. Pay averages around $10 per hour and you will need a Bachelors Degree in any subject to qualify for work.

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