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.
How a Learner qualifies for Special Consideration
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.