Call for Teachers with Subject Matter Expertise

teachersHaving operated for more than a decade, ExamBank has become an outstanding success, with hundreds of thousands of students in the province using the online study service. We now offer practice exams from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Alberta.

This is a call for teachers with subject matter expertise who would like to freelance on a contract basis with Syzygy Research & Technology to produce questions for use on ExamBank. This project is ideal for teachers looking to expand their professional growth outside of regular school hours. No specific time commitment is required - work can be completed from home and on your schedule.

English and French Development

The ExamBank project has now expanded to provide not only quality English resources, but also those for French as well. We have hired a new French Language Specialist to spearhead French development. If you would like further information about the new ExamBank French Development Project please click to read the attached PDF file.

Format of Questions

We can work with questions in either multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, or numerical response format. Since ExamBank automatically marks exams for students and provides them with instant feedback, short answer or essay style questions cannot be used.

We have the capability of working with text and/or graphics that relate to more than one question. For example, you can provide questions of the format "Use the following information to answer the next x questions". But since students receive randomized exams on ExamBank, we cannot use questions where one depends on another.

We prefer questions to be provided to us in electronic format sent by email. Microsoft Word, PDF, or plain text files are preferred, but you can contact us if you have an alternate electronic format you would prefer to use. If you have existing questions that you would like to submit that are not already in electronic format (photocopies or faxes of old exams that you created that are still relevant, for example), we can accept those too, though at a reduced rate of remuneration.

Naturally, we also require the correct answer to each of the questions you provide.

All questions will need to be categorized into one or more units of the appropriate current curriculum from Alberta Education that they pertain to. They should also be numbered in some fashion so that we can communicate with you unambiguously if we need to discuss a question.

Graphics and Diagrams

If your questions contain graphics or diagrams and you're not a graphic artist, don't worry - in many cases we can work off a sketch that you provide, as long as we can make sense of the idea you are trying to get across. Sketches don't need to be in electronic format, since we'll probably have to re-work them anyway. In most cases, it's probably easiest to just mention where in your question you'd like the graphic or diagram to go, and then fax us the sketches that go along with them when you send us your questions.

Copyright clearance

In order for Syzygy to accept any questions, you have to be able to assert that the questions you provide are truly your own, and contain no third party copyrights. In addition, you have to provide Syzygy with non-expiring, non-exclusive rights to use your questions. We'll provide the appropriate documentation for you to fill out and return when you get started, but essentially it means that you are granting Syzygy a license to use your questions on ExamBank. We're not buying exclusive rights to use your questions - you still own them and can do what you like with them otherwise. But of course, you cannot give exclusive rights to any other individual or organization to use your questions, since you'll have their use licensed to us.

When you sign up, we'll provide you with full documentation on our licensing requirements. But if you need clarification on any of these details, please feel free to contact us.

Remuneration details

When you submit questions to us, we will first go through them and see if they meet our requirements. We will then send you a list of the questions we accepted and proceed to begin the process of making them available on ExamBank. In any case, payment details are as follows:

$5.00/question Provide us with a new question (and correct solution) in electronic format for a specific unit in the Alberta curriculum.
$3.00/question Provide us with a new question (and correct solution) in non-electronic format for a specific unit in the Alberta curriculum.
$2.00/question Provide us with a worked out or descriptive solution to a new or existing question (to describe to a student why the answer is the way it is).
$1.00/question Review collections of questions supplied by us (written by others) to proofread and establish or confirm where in the Alberta curriculum they have the best fit. This is a relatively quick task, especially if you're very familiar with the curriculum of a specific course. Though we subject new questions to our own internal quality control as well, this step provides for a method of third-party verification, ensuring the question's relevance.

At the end of each month, we will provide you with a statement for the work that you did, which you can check for errors and then sign and send back to us as an invoice for work completed. We will then issue payment to you for the amount of that invoice.

We'll work closely with you to ensure that we can use most, if not all, of the questions or solutions that you provide to us. But we do reserve the right to not use (or provide remuneration for) questions that you provide if they do not meet our quality expectations or fit to the curriculum.

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us at

How to sign up

If you think you are interested in working with us, fill out the form below. We will then get back to you with more information, including the formal agreement that we will require you to sign and fax or mail back to us, along with a sample of 10 of your questions. We will not use your sample questions on ExamBank until you are accepted as a freelance writer, at which time you will be paid for the ones we use.

If your sample questions seem like the sort of thing we're looking for, we will allocate one unit at a time from the Alberta curriculum to you, in your area or areas of expertise.

You are not committing yourself to providing us with any specific number of questions for any units that you are assigned. If it turns out that you just don't have the time you thought you would to help out with the project, that's fine - just let us know so that your units can be reassigned to someone else. And similarly, don't start work on a unit without our allocating it to you first, in case someone else is already working on it.

Sign Up Form
Please fill out this form if you are interested in receiving more information about providing questions for use on ExamBank.
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