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When a candidate has sat an assessment under adverse circumstances through no fault of their own, or has been absent from an assessment for acceptable reasons, a centre may ask for Special Consideration to be applied for the affected component. Cambridge English will consider the circumstances and may, at our discretion, award a small additional tariff to the overall mark for the component.
Candidates must inform their centre if they do not feel well on the exam day or they think their work may have been affected for any other reason. This must be done on the day of the exam or immediately after.
Special Consideration requests can be made by centres for candidates who cannot perform to the best of their ability due to adverse circumstances immediately before or during an exam. Examples include illness, bereavement or circumstances affecting the conditions under which an exam is taken. Special Consideration may also be appropriate for candidates who were temporarily or permanently disabled at the time of the exam but for whom Special Arrangements were not in place or were not adequate or satisfactory. Special Consideration is applied for by centres after the exam.
Here are some examples of acceptable and unacceptable reasons. These lists are not intended to be comprehensive.
Applications must be supported by a medical certificate if due to an injury which the centre is unable to verify, and in all cases of illness.
Cambridge English will not consider applications for Special Consideration after the issue of results under any circumstances.
We will review the evidence to see if the circumstances reported have impacted negatively on the candidate’s performance: if we believe that there has been a negative impact, we will adjust the marks appropriately in accordance with guidelines provided for awarding bodies. Depending upon the circumstances, this will be set between 0 and 5% of the total marks for the component. Cambridge English, in line with other awarding bodies, will not enter into discussion with centres, candidates or their parents on the level of special consideration which should be applied.