What is Special Consideration and how do I apply?

Special Consideration is a post-examination adjustment made to a candidate’s mark, to make allowances for any adverse circumstances, for example illness, bereavement or temporary injury. Detailed information on Special Consideration can be found in section 5.8 of the 2015 Cambridge Handbook, which can be found on our website here.

How do I apply for Special Consideration?

You can apply for Special Consideration online through CIE Direct. Simply log on using your normal login details, click on Administer Exams and Special Considerations Online. You can submit applications for:

  • present but disadvantaged candidates
  • absent candidates
  • coursework-related Special Considerations

You can also apply for Special Consideration on Exam Day - Form 7, which is available to download from the Support Materials section of your CIE Direct account. Please follow the instructions in the Guidance Notes.

Please send medical evidence with applications for candidates affected by illness, including those part absent from an examination. If you do not send medical evidence we cannot accept your application. Please do not send applications or related documents with the candidate's scripts.

You can apply for coursework-related Special Consideration using Teacher Assessment - Form 2 for a shortfall and Teacher Assessment - Form 3 for lost coursework.

Please submit applications within seven days of the last examination in the syllabus affected.


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