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Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2016 exam series
Numbers of adjustments to the marks of candidates who have not been able to demonstrate attainment because of exceptional circumstances.
- The number of requests for special consideration has increased by 4% on last year, from 568,350 to 589,650; this is in the context of a 6% decrease in the number of candidate scripts.
- This year 550,700 requests were approved for special consideration; a 5% increase on 2015, partly due to significant events (such as flooding) affecting entire school cohorts.
- The approval rate this year was slightly over 93%; the number of approved requests represents nearly 4% of all scripts marked in the summer 2016 series.
- The most common mark adjustment made was 2% of the maximum mark of a question paper, closely followed by 3% of the maximum mark. Last year the most common mark adjustment was 3%, followed by 2% of the maximum mark.
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