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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:
You can also use apply to use a published adjustment to a component for March 2021.
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:
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.
For the March 2021 series, we are also expanding our special consideration process for candidates, who for an acceptable reason, miss some components they were entered for. As long as these candidates have taken at least one assessment component, they can receive a grade. This is a temporary measure in response to the pandemic.