Cambridge IGCSE Past Exam Papers

Cambridge IGCSE is being offered by Cambridge International Examination (CIE) board from The University of Cambridge.

*CIE (Cambridge International Examination board) has its name changed to CAIE (Cambridge Assessment International Education) since October 2017.*

* Note:

  • Updated up to Oct – Nov 2018 series past exam papers. YAY!
  • “Specimen Papers” would be available when there is a change of syllabus for that year. Otherwise, “Specimen Papers” would not be available when the syllabus stays the same.
  • We only have the Cambridge IGCSE past exam papers. We do not have any grade 1 ? grade 10 past exam papers.
  • Please read through all frequent asked questions at the comment section below before posting your queries to us.
  • DO NOT download the past papers at last minute. We strongly suggest you to download everything you need at least 4 months before the exam.

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10,058 Replies to “Cambridge IGCSE Past Exam Papers”

    • Hi Tarun,

      Unfortunately, we do not have a fixed date as to when it will be available. Rest assured, that we are working on it. Thank you for your patience.

  1. Dear Team IGCSE Centre,

    I am extremely grateful for all the help you have provided me and many students. I would like to clarify whether the past papers have been reuploaded or not? This doubt is because of all the recent comments which is confusing…

    Thanks and regards,
    Dhruv

    I hope you guys return as you’ll are amazing.

    • Hi Dhruv,

      Thank you so much for appreciating our effort. We are still working on it. Kindly subscribe to our newsletter for the announcement. Thanks.

  2. Hi IGCSE centre,
    I need to practice paper 2 for my geography exam but I can’t find any websites that provide the insert and map with the past paper, any suggestions where I could find any?

    • Hi Aya,

      Unfortunately, CAIE have a policy of only supplying these map extracts to exam centres because of Ordnance Survey copyright requirements. We suggest that you request them from your exam centre.

    • Hi Sadhana,

      Start as early as possible. You can revise the subject from the beginning.Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/). You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      Listening exam tips:
      – Make sure you read the introduction to each question, as this often provides clues as to what will happen in the exercise
      – Anticipate who is going to speak, e.g. where the people are or what they’re going to talk about. Remember, part of the skill of listening is to be able to predict what might be said next (‘pre-listening’)
      – Concentrate all the time on what you hear and make notes or underline words on the question paper to help you.
      – Be aware that there will be information in the audio recordings which you hear that won’t be needed for the answer so you will need to listen carefully.

    • Hi Sadhana,

      Unfortunately, we are not able to share the files since our Google Drive has become redundant, and all the files are no longer publicly accessible, even to people who have the link. We are currently working on a new platform. Kindly join our newsletter for the announcement.

  3. hello igcse center, i need help getting better grades in chemistry and maths and i dont know where to start and how to keep maintaining sharp focus on getting better. i know where i struggle but sometimes iam just too lazy how do i overcome that.

    • Hi Joe,

      Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/). You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      Tips:
      Learn and understand the key concepts and formulas. Minimize your reference checks. Try solving a problem with the formula without looking it up. You MUST do this as many times as you can. You will be able to remember the formulas/key equations better when you repeat this step.

      You may purchase the A* Model Answers which shows the A* answers for the respective exam papers here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

  4. Hi IGCSE Centre,
    I was wondering if you could gjve me tips for history paper 2(sources).
    I really appreciate your help to all of the IGCSE students worldwide.

    Thanks,
    Saina

    • Hi Saina,

      You have two hours to answer six questions. Try to spend about 10–15 minutes reading through the Background Information, all of the sources and your six questions before you attempt to answer the questions. Make sure you have at least 30 minutes saved to answer Question 6. This will leave you about an hour to complete the other five source questions.

      For Questions 1-5, make sure you only answer the questions set and do not waste time just describing details in the sources as this will not gain you any additional marks. Question 6 is a ‘How far…?’ type question. Look through all of the sources and decide which ones support or don’t support the statement in the question (some will do both). You need to use source details to give a balanced explanation and judgement.

      All questions will ask you to use details from the sources to explain your answer, so make sure you describe the details or quote from a source as evidence in your answer. Most questions will also ask you to use your own knowledge to explain your answer and to put the sources into
      context. Make sure you can give relevant facts or examples that relate to the source(s) you are asked to study. Make sure you refer to the source details when answering source questions so you provide evidence for your analysis and evaluations.

    • Hi Sadhana,

      Unfortunately, our library of resources is unavailable at the moment. We suggest that you search for alternative sources of past papers. Kindly google them. Thank you for your understanding.

    • Hi Divanshu,

      With Accounting, you’ll need a lot of practice.

      1. Learn and understand the key concepts and formulas. Familiarise/memorise the key equations/formulas (refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/).
      2. Do revision based on the latest syllabus and practice with the latest past exam papers. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      Tips:
      – Make sure that you use the information given in the question. The data provided is there for a purpose.

      – Use accounting terminology in your answers as much as possible.

      – Plan your answers. If ledger accounts or financial statements are required, think carefully about how these should be presented before you attempt to actually write your answer. If the question is a theory question, think about the points you need to include. Plan the order of your answer so that it is clear, concise and not repetitive. Quality is better than quantity.

      – When you are asked to comment on some figures, results or ratios do not simply repeat these figures. You are expected to interpret these figures and results and use them to support any recommendations or advice

  5. Hello, IGCSE Team
    Which grades are considered high and acceptable to acquire the top universities?
    Thank you!

    • Hello Henry,

      Each university has their own set of entry requirements. It is best to check with the university directly.

  6. hello IGCSE centre
    I have been extremely confused as to how many papers I would have to write in my IGCSE exams for accounting (0452) and I would be very grateful if you cleared my confusion. Also, I really appreciate what your website does for IGCSE students and how your team takes the time to reply to every comment a student makes and I sincerely hope that you find a way to upload resources again.
    thankyou

  7. Are schools allowed to make their own grade thresholds for the test year or do they all have to follow the Cambridge CIE grade threshold?

    • Hi John,

      Every year, the exam questions have slight differences on the level of difficulty. In order to provide equivalent A* achieving chance, the threshold is used to determine the grades for that year.

      A grade threshold is the minimum number of marks that a candidate needs to obtain a particular grade in a paper or in a subject. These thresholds are decided after each examination has been taken and marked. The aim in each year (or examination series) is to set each threshold in just the right place to ensure that it is no more difficult and no less difficult to obtain that grade than it was in the previous year.

      Lastly, all schools follow CAIE’s grade threshold.

  8. Hello IGCSE Centre,
    When will the result for the 2019 may june international math , paper 2 and paper 4 come out?

  9. Hi! When will the past papers be available again?
    Also, thanks a ton for maintaining such a wonderful website! 🙂

    • Hi Pooja,

      We are currently working on it. However, we do not have fixed date as to when will it be available. Thank you for your patience.

  10. Hıı igsce centre,
    Will there be any problem if I wrote under the dotted lines,??? as some exams didn’t contain any blank pages.. I mean will my answers stiil be scanned?? Besides, in one of the exams I made an arrow to show that the rest of the answer is at the bottom of the page, will this be a problem, too?? Thank you

    • Hello Peryyy,

      Most of the exam scripts are scanned and marked by the examiners in their computer. There is no penalty for going beyond the lines, however, you are risking your answers not fitting into the scanned screen. If this happens, you will lose marks as the examiners won’t be able to see your full answers. Furthermore, if you properly labelled your answer (as long as it is within the space provided) then the examiner would be able to follow it.

    • Hello Hassan,

      We suggest that you prepare for your exams as early as possible. You can revise the subjects from the beginning. Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/). You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

  11. hello! how do you consider the special needs kids who have sat their final exams igcse in terms of marking and grading just because of their (disability)?

  12. Hi, can I have the link for economics past year papers? Unfortunately other website providers require me download one-by-one which seems to be very tedious, whereas if I have the Google drive link i can directly download all at once. Hopefully IGCSE Centre will understand this. Thank you!

    • Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for appreciating our effort. Unfortunately, we are not able to share the files since our Google Drive has become redundant, and all the files are no longer publicly accessible, even to people who have the link. We are currently working on a new platform. Kindly join our newsletter for the announcement.

      • Hi Frederic,

        Directed writing tips:
        – For this question, you will need to put yourself into role, and address your audience directly. The opening needs to introduce clearly the situation and purpose of the task, and will be rewarded if it puts the reader in the picture.
        – Your answer will not be in the same genre as the passage, and should therefore be in a different style from it.
        – The recommended structure for the response will be offered in the wording of the question, and you should follow this.
        – There will be at least two factors to focus on – for example advantages and disadvantages. You will need to make two lists before you start in order to make sure you have enough material for both sides of the question.
        – The third element of this question is evaluation; you will have to decide which of the options is better, present reasons why you have formed this opinion and justify it.
        – Though you cannot make up things which are not in the passages, you should try to use your own ideas in the way that you extend those of the passages, provided that they are ‘based on the reading material’
        – The ending needs to be definite and provide an effective and satisfying conclusion to the piece

        Descriptive composition tips:
        – To write a strong descriptive answer you will need to use a wide range of vocabulary and even use imagery to engage reader interest. Unless the readers can see the picture they will not be able to relate to the experience
        – You will need to evoke all five senses to create an environment and atmosphere, as well as details of size, shape and colour.
        – Try to avoid common, overused, vague, short and childish vocabulary, such as ‘nice’, ‘big’, ‘little’, ‘a lot of’, ‘good’, and ‘bad’.
        – Descriptive compositions must not become a narrative, which means character and event should not take over or be dominant.

        Narrative composition tips:
        – Decide on a tense and then stick to it; do not jump between present and past. The normal narrative tense is past and those who try to write in the present usually forget to do so after a while, so it is safer to start off in the past.
        – Know what your last sentence is going to be before you write your first. A narrative has to build up to a climax and lead towards a conclusion which is planned before it starts or it will end lamely or incomprehensibly, or the pace will be too slow or too fast.
        – Don’t try to do too much; you can’t cover many events and many years in one short composition. Select key moments and skip over the rest, changing the pace according to the intensity of the moment.
        – If you do use dialogue, find synonyms for ‘he said/she said’
        – Use plenty of interesting details to engage your reader and make them want to read on.
        – End your narrative deliberately. Stories need a conclusion, where things are either resolved or purposely left unresolved as a cliff-hanger (though on the whole readers prefer to know how a story ended). You must not give the impression that you just stopped writing because you ran out of time, ink or ideas.

        Hope this helps.

  13. Hi IGCSE team,

    I am doing IGCSEs right now and my teacher told me something about student support, When i went to cie.org.uk there wasnt any student support. please help me

    • Hu Nummy,

      You can revise the subjects from the beginning. Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/). You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      Our library of resources is unavailable at the moment. Kindly search for alternative sources of past papers. Thank you for your understanding.

  14. Hi IGCSE Centre Team,
    I did not check in with this website after my boards, and I came back now for some past papers only to find this. I cannot believe students did this, as this is a very helpful website. wish you all the best, and hopefully, I can use your website again for my AS & A levels.

    I actually do have some questions to ask. So I did not plan beforehand due to some unfortunate circumstances, and I now have to take up Chemistry and Physics for the AS level, and I did not take it for IGCSE. What is the best way to learn two years worth of curriculum in less than two or so months?

    Thank You, hope you get your site back, all the best,
    Pranav

    • Hi Pranav,

      Thank you for appreciating our effort. If you wish to speed up your learning, we strongly suggest you to consider our A* online revision courses. You are able to learn everything you need in a short span. Find out more here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/

      Start as early as possible. You can revise the subjects from the beginning. Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams. You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      We are currently fixing our library of resources, we suggest that you google alternative sources. Thank you.

    • Hi Zyphire,

      We are currently working on it. However, we do not have fixed date as to when will it be available. Thank you for your patience.

        • Hi Zain,

          We’ve learned that there’s no quick fix for this issue but we are currently working on it. Furthermore, we always advise students to download all the papers at least months before the exam. Thank you for your understanding.

      • hi gcse team,
        i was wondering if knew could help me with what to revise for science combined short answer papers. Any key and important details are needed? maybe some tests for methods? or equations? and if there are any helpful ways to revise apart from just rewriting work already been given to you that would also be really helpful as well.
        thank you

        • Hello Morgan,

          Here are some tips for you:

          – There is often stimulus material for each question. This might be a photograph, diagram, drawing, flow chart, table of data, graph or just some text. Read all of this information carefully and study any pictures, tables or graphs that are included. All of it is relevant to the questions.

          – The stimulus material is often about something that is not studied. Don’t panic. There will be enough information in the question to work out an answer. This tests the candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to new information.

          -The number of marks is a guide to how long to spend on each question or parts of a question. If a part of a question is worth three marks you should make at least three separate points. Be careful to not make the same point three times.

          – Show your working when answering a ‘calculate’ question. You may get some credit even if your answer is wrong. Writing down your working can also help you to spot errors you have made.

  15. Hi igcse team,
    I wanna get minimum B in Business studies and travel and tourism exam, please help me give me some tips that I should do, because this is my third time I am repeating I want to pass this time for sure.
    Thank you!
    wish me a luck.

    • hi Hassan,

      For Business Studies, demonstrate the application of knowledge and concepts using the given scenario. This doesn’t mean simply referencing the business name. Analyse the issues faced and make suitable recommendations as to what this particular business should do. Always use the information provided in the case study or question stem as a guide in considering what to write.

      And here are some tips for Travel and Tourism:
      – You need to read the question carefully and respond in an appropriate manner, paying close attention to the context provided.
      – Careful interpretation of the stimulus materials is required
      – Greater precision when explaining the significance of particular factors, avoiding generalisation
      – Be prepared for the demands of the open-ended/longer answer questions which require analysis and evaluation skills.

      Hope this helps.

  16. Where can I find the Listening papers and audio for the 2019 syllabus of O-Level French please?
    I hope you get the problem sorted soon, you helped me a lot with my exams last year and I’m really sorry some horrible person has caused you such problems.
    Thanks again. 🙂

  17. Hello,

    Regarding the may/june 2019 ig exams, do you have any idea how the grade boundaries would be like? I was wondering whether it would be lower if the exam was harder compared to the past years.

    Thank you

    • Hello Natalie,

      Every year, the exam questions have slight differences on the level of difficulty. In order to provide equivalent A* achieving chance, the threshold is used to determine the grades for that year.

      A grade threshold is the minimum number of marks that a candidate needs to obtain a particular grade in a paper or in a subject. These thresholds are decided after each examination has been taken and marked. The aim in each year (or examination series) is to set each threshold in just the right place to ensure that it is no more difficult and no less difficult to obtain that grade than it was in the previous year.

      • Hello there, I’ve recently done an Islamiyat exam which was last week. There seems to be something bothering me. As you may already know In the exam paper it tells you to answer Questions 1,2 and 2 OTHER questions. But what I did was answer Questions 1,2,3,4 and 5. Do i get penalised for doing that or do i gain more marks on it?

        • Hi there,

          Hello there,

          You will not lose marks. However, this has been a waste of your time since no more than what is required can be accepted by the examiner. In such a situation the examiner will usually take the first two answers (Question 3 and 4), the examiner will not select the correct answers from your list.

        • Hi Pareesha,

          We cannot speculate that. But for your reference, grade threshold is the minimum number of marks that a candidate needs to obtain a particular grade in a paper or in a subject.These thresholds are decided after each examination has been taken and marked. The aim in each year (or examination series) is to set each threshold in just the right place to ensure that it is no more difficult and no less difficult to obtain that grade than it was in the previous year.

          • Hi IGCSE,
            I just wanted to know if you can advise me on whether there is a specific or perhaps more efficient way of answering questions in History paper 2, without wasting time and at the same time providing a proper answer that’s not rushed.

            • Hello Joyce,

              You have two hours to answer six questions. Try to spend about 10–15 minutes reading through the Background Information, all of the sources and your six questions before you attempt to answer the questions. Make sure you have at least 30 minutes saved to answer Question 6. This will leave you about an hour to complete the other five source questions.

              For Questions 1-5, make sure you only answer the questions set and do not waste time just describing details in the sources as this will not gain you any additional marks. Question 6 is a ‘How far…?’ type question. Look through all of the sources and decide which ones support or don’t support the statement in the question (some will do both). You need to use source details to give a balanced explanation and judgement.

              All questions will ask you to use details from the sources to explain your answer, so make sure you describe the details or quote from a source as evidence in your answer. Most questions will also ask you to use your own knowledge to explain your answer and to put the sources into context. Make sure you can give relevant facts or examples that relate to the source(s) you are asked to study. Make sure you refer to the source details when answering source questions so you provide evidence for your analysis and evaluations.

      • Hi IGCSE Centre,
        I’m currently giving the M/J 2019 IG exams. I just had a doubt, are grades decided according to percentile or percentage?

        Thanks

        • Hello Yash,

          Kindly read this article on the marking and grading process: http://www.igcsecentre.com/guide-to-the-marking-and-grading-process-of-exam-papers/

          Furthermore, percentage uniform mark (PUM) corresponds to the grades available (A*, A, B, C etc.) and gives students additional information about their performance. It shows your percentile, not the total mark achieved for the syllabus. It is a point on a common scale for all syllabuses to show whether the candidate’s performance is close to the top, middle or bottom of the grade.

        • Hi Reem,

          Someone has reported our Google Drive. Thus our Google drive has become redundant. We are not able to share the files, and all the files are no longer be publicly accessible, even to people who have the link.

          In a span of a week, we tried to rebuild a new platform where we aim to provide uninterrupted access to our library of resources, and to continue providing help to others. However, even with countless sleepless nights, the platform did not work properly. Many members encountered “Error” message. The new platform cannot handle the demand when the limit is reached. In the end, we believe that it is rather unfair if we continue with our new platform when it does not deliver its promise of uninterrupted access. We’ve refunded all members and made an announcement here on our site.

          We are currently working on our library of resources however we do not have a fixed date on when it will be available again. We’ve learned that there is no quick fix for this issue. Kindly subscribe to our newsletter for the announcement.

  18. Dear Team.

    Greetings.

    Clearly a lot of efforts are being put into getting the resources back up again. Thank you for that. Can we please know by when the students can expect the resources to be available?

    Many thanks – Prashant

    • Hello Prashant,

      We are currently working on it. However, we do not have fixed date as to when will it be available. Thank you for your patience.

  19. To the best team ever!

    It was very sad to hear about someone reporting all the pastpaper under “pronography”.Being an I***** It was more shameful to hear that this i******e was done by an I*****. Hope your team gets the pastpaper back as soon as possible plz!!

    (edited due to sensitivity)

    • Hi Saloni,

      Thank you for appreciating our effort. Kindly subscribe to our newsletter for the announcement.

  20. Hello there, I have recently done an Islamiyat IGCSE exam. There seems to be something bothering me. As you may already know in the IGCSE paper it tells you to answer Questions 1,2 and two other questions. What I done was 1,2,3,4 and 5. Do I get penalised for doing that? Or do I gain marks for doing that?

    • Hello there,

      You will not lose marks. However, this has been a waste of your time since no more than what is required can be accepted by the examiner. In such a situation the examiner will usually take the first two answers (Question 3 and 4), the examiner will not select the correct answers from your list.

  21. Hi IGCSE team,

    I believe that you are facing issues with uploading the past papers and I can understand, but I there any website you can link that has French 0520 2018 past papers? I have a French examination coming up in a couple of days and it would be so helpful if you send me a link to access 2018 past papers.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Megh,

      Kindly google for alternative sources of past papers. Furthermore, we always advise students to download all the papers at least months before the exam. Thank you for your understanding.

  22. hlo can u send some past papers as ‘candidate response ‘ pls so i can go through the paper who examiner has marked the paper

  23. Hello to the hardworking team!
    Since, I’m giving my Global Perspectives and English as a second language paper this year- I would love some tips to do my best in both the subjects 🙁 Thank you!

    Sorry, if it’s a repeated question haha…I have tried searching to a similar question in the comments but couldn’t find one… Also- I agree with Rios in the comments! 🙂 Always supporting you!

    • Hi Gwen,

      Thank you for appreciating our effort.

      Start as early as possible. You can revise the subjects from the beginning. Highlight the important facts that you think could be on the test (you should refer to the latest syllabus on what is expected during exams here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/). You can then use the past exam papers as your revision. Start with the latest papers as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older ones date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistakes that you always seem to make. Pay attention to the most common mistakes you always seem to make. Make notes and revise them, so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your actual exam.

      For the written paper in Global Perspectives, candidates are encouraged to justify their opinions with reasons and evidence, provide explanation rather than simple assertion or description (where appropriate), consider counter arguments, evaluate Sources and arguments using key concepts in critical thinking, and quote from Sources to provide evidence for their judgements and opinions.

      On the other hand, for English as a Second Language, work out what the question is asking for before reading the text by identifying key words. For exercises testing reading, first read quickly (skim) through the text – concentrate on finding the main idea in each paragraph. You will then need to re-read the relevant sections of text more carefully (scan) to find the answer. The text will include information that will answer the question, and other distracting information, so be
      careful in your selection.

      You may also consider to enrol into our A* online courses which had helped many candidates around the world score A*. Please find out more details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/ And along the way of studying, these exam model answers might help in learning how to write A* answers: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

      Hope this helps.

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