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Official Statistics

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.

Documents

Special Consideration in GCSE and A Level: Summer 2016 Exam Series

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Tables - Special Consideration in GCSE and A Level: Summer 2016 Exam Series

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Details

Main findings

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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