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 of the Cambridge Handbook, which can be found on our website.

How do I apply for Special Consideration?

You can apply for special consideration online through CIE Direct. Simply log on, click on Administer Exams and Special Considerations Online. You can submit applications for:

  • present but disadvantaged candidates
  • absent candidates - the candidate must have completed 50 per cent of the total assessment
  • shortfall in coursework
  • lost or damaged coursework
  • coursework extensions - these requests can only be submitted by emailing 

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

You can apply for coursework-related special consideration applications using Teacher Assessment - Form 2 for a shortfall and Teacher Assessment - Form 3 for lost coursework (also only available on CIE Direct).

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

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