Roughly one-third of the 238 students whose A-level exam scripts were stolen in the UK last year have opted to retake the paper, according to a report by Todayonline.
The A-level H2 Chemistry exam scripts were stolen when they were being delivered to an examiner for grading.
The affected students were from Anderson Junior College (AJC), Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC), Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) and Nanyang Junior College (NYJC). They made up about 3 percent of the total 8,843 H2 Chemistry candidates who took the exam last year. Police investigations were still ongoing in the UK.
The stolen portion of the H2 Chemistry script were Paper 3, which comprises essay questions and carry the highest weightage out of the four papers for the subject. Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and Cambridge Assessment then decided to grade the affected students based on their performances in the other three papers.
All of the affected students passed the subject, with 81 per cent of them scoring As and Bs. SEAB added that they had "attained better grades or maintained their grades in the national examinations, compared to their school-based examinations." Nonetheless, they were still given an option to retake the exams, and had up to March 9 to register their intention to do so.