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. 

Retake an exam

If you 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. 

The 2014 deadline to apply for retakes for May/June for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) students is:

19 September 2014.

What you need to do:

You need to contact us at

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. 


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 to all candidates. 

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 believe that your exam results are incorrect, you can request a re-mark. In most cases you will have to pay a re-marking fee. 

Please note that all remarking requests should be submitted to

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.

For more information on re-marking and retakes you can contact us at