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We calculate assessed marks for candidates that are absent for an acceptable reason, or exempted, from a component. We do this so we can award candidates an overall syllabus grade.
We calculate assessed marks based on how the marks the candidate scored in the components they sat compare to the marks scored by all candidates for those components.
This places the candidate in the same position for the component(s) they did not sit as their position for the components they did sit. It makes sure candidates with assessed marks for a component are not given an advantage or disadvantage compared to the candidates who sat the component.
Amina is entered for a Cambridge O Level that has three components. She is absent for an acceptable reason from Paper 1, and she sits Paper 2 and Paper 3. We need to calculate a fair mark for Amina for Paper 1.
First, our system identifies the candidates who took all three papers, then adds up their marks for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
Total Marks for Papers 2 and 3 for candidates who took all three papers
Our system then looks up the marks these same candidates scored on Paper 1. The graph for these marks is below.
Amina’s assessed mark for Paper 1 is added to her marks for Paper 2 and Paper 3 and she receives a syllabus grade in the usual way.
Marks for Paper 1 for candidates who took all three papers