Exam retakes and re-marking

Candidates sometimes don’t get the results that they hoped for. If this happens to you, try not to worry too much. Your results may still open up many different exciting opportunities for your further education and future career. 

However, in some cases, you may want to consider re-marking or retakes – for example, if your teacher or tutor predicted a much higher grade. 



If you or your teachers think that you could have achieve better grades, you can choose to re-take your exam.

What is a retake?

An exam counts as a retake if you have sat the same syllabus in the past year.

What you need to do:

You need to provide your: 

  • previous centre number
  • candidate number
  • confirmation of syllabus retake.

Note: the retake option may not apply to all subjects. 


Teams of examiners assess every exam paper. They are specialists in their subjects and follow a strict marking scheme. Principal examiners oversee the process to make sure that grades are awarded fairly. 

If a student is awarded a grade that differs significantly from their teacher’s prediction or comparative performance, their exam is automatically re-checked and often re-graded. Borderline grades are also re-marked to ensure the grade is fair. 

The exam marking process is carefully designed to be fair to all students. However, if you feel that your exam result does not represent your work, you can ask to have your paper re-marked. 

Request a re-mark

Requests for re-marking is now open for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) May / June 2016 session. The deadline for you to submit your request is 23 September 2016.