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Official Statistics

Special Consideration in GCSE and A Level: Summer 2015 Exam Series

Numbers of adjustments to the marks of candidates who have not been able to demonstrate attainment because of exceptional circumstances.

Documents

Erratum

Tables - Special Consideration in GCSE and A Level: Summer 2015 Exam Series

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Details

The key findings for this release are:

  1. The number of requests for special consideration has increased by 14% on last year from 496,500 to 568,350, in the context of a 3% increase in the number of candidate scripts.
  2. This year 523,500 requests were approved for special consideration, a 15% increase on 2014 representing an approval rate of 92%, which is the same as summer 2014.
  3. The number of approved requests represents just over 3% of all scripts marked in the summer 2015 exam series.
  4. For the third year running, the most common mark adjustment made was 3% of the maximum mark of a question paper.

Erratum

This release was originally published on 3 November 2015.

The exam board CCEA since informed us of an error in the data it submitted on the number of scripts marked during the summer 2015 exam series. The revised release was published on 5 November 2015.

The corrected figures have affected the total number of candidate scripts marked and the number of approved requests as a percentage of the scripts marked in 2015. This led to changes in figure 1, figure 3, table 1 and table 2. Other numbers were not affected.

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