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Examinations

KEY DATES

Cambridge IGCSE and AS & A Level qualifications

Cambridge IGCSE assessment takes place at the end of Year 11 and can include written, oral, and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for you to demonstrate your learning, particularly when your first language is not English. In many subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making Cambridge IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.

To gain Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications at the end of Year 12 and Year 13, you can choose from a range of assessment options:

  1. Take the Cambridge International AS Level only. The syllabus content is half a Cambridge International A Level.
  2. Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination series and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent series. AS Level marks can be carried forward to a full A Level twice within a 13 month period.*
  3. Take all papers of the Cambridge International A Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the course.

    * The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. 

EXAM ENTRY

Consult your subject choice with your teachers.
You may want to search for information about subjects on Cambridge International website and Pearson website.
Your subject teacher is responsible for submission of your entries to the Exams Office.

REGISTRATION

Cambridge International & Pearson Edexcel October/November 2019 examinations

  • First-time entries deadline: 9th August 2019
  • Retakes deadline: 10th September 2019

Cambridge International & Pearson Edexcel - May/June 2020 examinations

  • Registration deadline: 5th February 2020

Please note: you may be able to register for exams after the registration deadline, but there are additional fees for late registration.

PAYMENT

A Fee letter will be sent by email once the Exams Office has received entries from the subject teachers.

You can pay by bank transfer. It is essential that you use correct variable symbol so that we can identify your payment.

STATEMENT OF ENTRY

A Statement of Entry is a document that confirms your exam registration. It will include a list of your chosen subjects and the exam dates for each paper. Statements of Entry are sent together with the Fee letters in September for October/November exams and in February for May/June exams.

EXAM INVITATION LETTER

An Exam Invitation Letter is a document that confirms a list of subjects you have been entered for, the exam dates and the exam start and end times. Exam Invitation Letters are sent by email approximately one month before the start of the written exams.

EXAM DAY

After all your hard work and study, exam day is when you have the opportunity to show what you have learnt. It’s important to make sure you understand what will happen on the day, so that you can perform as well as you possibly can. As soon as you enter the exam venue you are under examination conditions and your invigilator will give you any instructions needed.

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES

You must be on time for all your examinations and any required periods of supervision.
You must bring the equipment you need to the examination e.g. pens, pencils and rulers.
You may use a calculator unless you are told not to do so, but you must not use the calculator function of another device.
You must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice before, during or after the examination.

You must not:

  • Sit an examination in the name of another candidate.
  • Have unauthorised material, including electronic devices and mobile phones in the examination.
  • Have any equipment in the examination which might give you an unfair advantage.

    You must not talk to, attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once you have entered the examination room.
    You must follow the instructions of the invigilator.
    You must leave the question paper, your answer book or answer paper, rough work and any other (used or unused) materials in the examination room.

WHAT TO BRING ON EXAM DAY

If you have an exam coming up, it’s important to know what items you are permitted to take into the venue.

Items you can use during your exam:

  • Writing instruments including pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, either loose or in a clear plastic bag
  • Analogue and digital watches. The watch must be placed on your desk. Smart watches are not allowed
  • Water in a clear bottle – no labels allowed.
  • basic calculator (of a type approved by your exam board)
  • any extra equipment needed for your subject.

Open book exams - If you have an open book exam, your lecturer will advise what materials you can use during the exam. This information will also appear on the cover page of the exam.

Unathorised materials:

  • Mobile phones/ smartwatches/ wrist watches which have a data storage device,
  • calculator cases,
  • pencil cases,
  • notes,
  • Mp3 players,
  • correcting pens, fluid or tape,
  • erasable pens,
  • highlighter pens,
  • gel pens,
  • blotting paper, any food or drink in packaging with labels.

CALCULATORS

Where the use of calculators is allowed in examinations, calculators used must not be able to manipulate algebra; they must be purely numerical integration/differentiation. Calculators with any of the following facilities are prohibited, unless specifically stated otherwise in the syllabus:

  • Graphic display,
  • data banks,
  • dictionaries or language translators,
  • retrieval or manipulation of text or formulae,
  • QWERTY keyboards,
  • built-in symbolic algebraic manipulations,
  • symbolic differentiation or integration,
  • capability of remote communication with other machines.

FULL CENTRE SUPERVISION

The exam board, Cambridge International, has candidates in over 160 countries. It is really important that question papers are kept secure so that the exam is fair and that all candidates get the marks they deserve. To help keep the question papers secure the candidates must be supervised at particular times. It is called ‘Full Centre Supervision’. You must follow the rules for Full Centre Supervision. If you do not, you may not be allowed to take the exam, your paper may not be marked or your results may be cancelled.

Full Centre Supervision rules

Full Centre Supervision sessions can take place before or after your exams.

  • You are not allowed to have mobile phones or use any communication device, including the internet, during Full Centre Supervision.
  • You can have books and revision notes with you during Full Centre Supervision, but you must not take them into the exam)
  • You can talk to each other during Full Centre Supervision, but you must not during the exam.
  • Do not leave the room until you are given permission to do so.
  • If you need to leave the room you must be supervised by a member of staff.
  • If you feel unwell during Full Centre Supervision tell the person in charge of the session.

RESULTS

Exam results are released in January (following the November exam series) and August (June exam series).

  Cambridge International Pearson/Edexcel
Results days 13/8/2019 15/8/2019

REVIEW YOUR RESULTS ONLINE

CANDIDATE RESULTS WEBSITE

Cambiidge International offers a service that allows you to access your results online. To view your results online visit secure website

RESULTS PLUS DIRECT

ResultsPlus Direct offers online access to your own Edexcel grades and unit scores on results day and also provides valuable analysis on your performance in the question papers. Visit ResultsPlus Direct to find out more. You can obtain the login details from the Exams Office at the end of the examination sessions.

PRIORITY RESULTS INFORMATION

If you need your provisional results to be sent straight to a particular institution, you can complete and send to Cambridge International Results and certificates - form 9. They will send the provisional statement of results to your chosen educational institution on the day that results are released.

EAR services

The exam boards carry out extensive quality checks before results are issued. However, you can submit enquiries about results if you would like them to check the results. They offer a range of enquiries about results services depending on the type of check you would like them to make.

There is an administrative fee for each enquiry. They will not charge the fee if the enquiry leads to a change to the syllabus grade.

The deadlines and fees are available upon request from the Exams Office.

CERTIFICATES

Certificates are sent after provisional results are released. This is to allow time for the exam boards to resolve any enquiries about results. The certificates confirm candidates' results as final.

Exam board Exam series Date Description
Cambridge International June’19 End of October Certificates available
Pearson/Edexcel June’19 Early November Certificates available