If you or your teachers think that you could 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
If you are a school student you need to speak to your school exams co-ordinator. If you are a private student you need to provide your:
- previous centre number
- candidate number
- confirmation of syllabus retake.
Please note: the retake option may not apply to all subjects. You can usually submit previously used coursework so you will only need to retake written exams. Any coursework that is resubmitted needs to meet the requirements of the syllabus in the new exam series and must be re-assessed.
Please contact us if you'd like to retake an exam.
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
If you are a school student and believe that your exam results are incorrect, you should talk to your teacher. If your teacher agrees that you should request a re-mark, you will need to contact your school or the British Council. You may need a letter from your teacher to support your request, and in most cases you will have to pay a re-marking fee.
If you are a private candidate, you should contact the British Council.
Deadlines for remarking can be found on the application forms (see downloads section below).
For Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) candidates: Download the Enquiry About Results form (see downloads section below).
For Pearson Edexcel candidates: Download the Enquiry About Results form (see downloads section below).
Remember: your grade and mark may be lowered, confirmed or raised following the enquiry. If your grade is raised, you may be entitled to a full refund for this service.
Teachers and exam officers must obtain consent from a candidate before ordering a examination re-mark.
Teachers and school exams co-ordinators may want to order detailed reports on the exam performance of a group of candidates or a whole class of students.
The British Council allows you to order reports for groups of up to five, up to 15, or groups of 16 and more.
To place an order for exam reports, you will need written consent from each candidate.