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Special consideration is a post-exam adjustment made to a candidate's mark, by an awarding body, to make allowances for some adverse circumstances, for example illness, bereavement, temporary injury or disruption to an exam.
You can submit applications for:
If a candidate is absent from a component for an acceptable reason we may calculate and award an assessed mark for the missing component. In this case the minimum requirements for calculating an assessed mark are that the candidate should:
We cannot calculate an assessed mark for Cambridge International A Levels where a candidate has not completed any A Level components in the exam series.
The following instructions should be used for these categories of special consideration application:
For information on applying for special consideration for permission to use the published adjustment to a component for November 2020 or June 2021, please see the relevant section of this page.
To apply, go to the 'Special consideration' area of Cambridge International Direct (Direct). Alternatively you can complete the relevant forms, which are available from the 'Support Materials' section of Direct.
Associate Centres should apply for special consideration using the relevant form rather than Direct. They should download the relevant form from the ‘Support Materials’ section of Direct and send it to their Cambridge Associate. The Cambridge Associate should check the form and email it to us within seven days of the last exam of the syllabus affected.
If you need help you can refer to section 5.5 of the Cambridge Handbook.
To apply for permission to use the published adjustment to components November 2020 or June 2021 complete ‘Special Consideration: Component Adjustment – Form 20 (PDF, 563KB)’ for the November 2020 series, and complete ‘Special Consideration: Component Adjustment – Form 20 (PDF, 551KB) for the June 2021 series. Send this form to email@example.com, putting ‘Component adjustment November 2020’ or ‘Component adjustment June 2021’ in the email subject line.
You must submit the form to us by 21 September 2020 for the November 2020 series and by 17 April 2021 for the June 2021 series.
We will process your request as soon as possible and send you the outcome via email. You must send us all the work of each candidate for whom you have applied for this permission for moderation or marking. You must include a copy of the completed form in your packet of scripts that you send to us for marking or moderation.
We know many of you have questions about special consideration and we have created a supplement to support you with this and help answer your queries:
Special consideration in the November 2020 exam series: a guide for exams officers (PDF, 732KB)