Welcome to our Q&A session.
As some prefer reading compare with our weekly IGCSE TV videos, we would produce some Q&A sessions in writing as well.
Today’s question comes from Lydia John, a concern parent in Malaysia.
“Please provide list of qualify international schools in Malaysia that fully registred with IGCSE. There are many international schools that mushrooming in Malaysia but we don’t know which are fully registered with the IGCSE board.
We ended paying for nothing. Some of the schools did the checkpoint test internally. Is this part of the practice?”
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Thank you for such a good question Lydia. In fact, we get questioned a lot regarding this matter from parents. We would like to share your concern and our feedback here, so this could benefit all.
Not long ago, we had a list of international schools in Malaysia that looked like this:
We received many inquiries from parents and students regarding the schools on our list. Most of the questions are:
… and many more.
We realised the responsibility for listing the schools here. As parents and students trust our guidance and suggestions, we do not want to make a list that we are not 100% sure of.
Upon some investigation, we encountered some international schools that do not offer full IGCSE course. For example, they only offer English as Second Laguange paper 1 but without paper 2. This will result in incomplete IGCSE on a student result slip.
Hence, the list was taken down. On the other hand, we take on the responsibility to make sure our parents and students are getting the right resources from IGCSE Centre.
A new selection criteria has been set. Instead of just randomly listing schools here, we want to list “Featured Schools”. Schools that fulfil fundamental yet extremely important criteria as an international school that offer IGCSE courses.
You can view our selection criteria here: Featured Schools.
Sadly, schools that requested us to list their schools on our list backed off after seeing our selection criteria.
To answer your question, Cambridge Checkpoint is being held twice a year － one in May and another one in October. The tests cover all major areas of learning in the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum frameworks for English, mathematics and science.
Cambridge Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learning at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1. They are available in English, mathematics and science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education.
The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.
There is a Curriculum Framework for schools to follow for Cambridge Checkpoint tests.
- Please don’t rush to enrol your children, you have to be sure what you’re paying for.
- Take time to do research on the schools.
- Make sure you’re checking on all important factors such as: syllabus, schools’ culture, exams certificate & procedures, teaching materials*, teachers’ qualification.
* Some schools offer Cambridge IGCSE certification, but use Edexcel books as teaching materials. Cambridge IGCSE and Edexcel IGCSE are different examination board. Hence, different syllabus and different style of tests all together.
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