What is IGCSE?


(Welcome! We are here to help you to score A* in your Cambridge IGCSE exams and success in your life. However, we are not CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). If you would like to get your certificate or check your results, please write to CIE directly.)

IGCSE is the abbreviation of International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is world most popular international certification for end of secondary school (equivalent to O-Level, UK GCSE, fifth form or year 11 in respective countries and schools), before one proceeds to Advanced Level (A-Level or sixth form or year 12&13) or pre-university studies.

IGCSE was developed by Cambridge International Examinations (previously known as University of Cambridge International Examinations), in short CIE, in 1988. University of Cambridge has been the UK local examination board since 1858. The term “IGCSE” is a registered trademark of University of Cambridge. Generally, when one mentions IGCSE, it is understood as the Cambridge IGCSE from the CIE board.

The IGCSE curricula is often considered more similar to O-Level rather than the UK national curriculums GCSE. Thus, the basis of the examination is also considered more challenging and rigorous.

Recognition

Many universities worldwide require a combination of Cambridge International A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs to meet their entry requirements. For example, leading US and Canadian universities require Cambridge International AS & A Levels, but some US and Canadian colleges and universities will accept learners with five Cambridge IGCSEs at grade C or above.

In the UK, Cambridge IGCSE is accepted as equivalent to the GCSE. Many UK universities look at Cambridge IGCSE grades, as well as predicted grades for Cambridge International A Level, when making admissions decisions.

IGCSE is also popular among homeschoolers, and adult students. Though IGCSE is being taken by students typically in the age group 14-16 (or 15-17 depending on primary 1 entry age), it also allows students from alternative education and adult students to sit for the exam and continue personal education advancement at any age.

Some homeschooling educators in the US are choosing IGCSE as oppose to the standard American high school curriculums, because it is said to be a year (or more) advanced than the standard American high school course.

Subjects

IGCSE offers more than 70 subjects. Students are required to take a minimum of 5 or maximum of 14 subjects. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Sciences. Students can also choose other subjects ranging from Social Sciences (commonly Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Sociology) to Arts & Technology (commonly Computer Studies, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Art & Design).

Student is awarded with one IGCSE certificate on each subject. If you take 5 subjects, you will be awarded 5 IGCSE certificates. The number of subjects need to be taken is varied from school to school, and also depends upon individual preference.

Cambridge IGCSE subjects

Regularly updated and extended, Cambridge IGCSE provides you with a wide range of well-resourced and supported courses.

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The IGCSE is graded from A* to G, with U stated as “Ungraded”. Students are required to obtain minimum grade C for the 5 core subjects in order to proceed to the next advanced level or further education. IGCSE grading overview is as below:

Difference between IGCSE Core and IGCSE Extended

To take account of differing abilities, there is a choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects. This allows teachers to decide on the most appropriate level of papers for their students.

The Core curriculum in each subject is within the ability range of a large majority of students. It provides a full overview of the subject and is targeted at students expected to achieve grades C to G.

The Extended curriculum, which comprises the Core curriculum and the Supplement, has been designed for the more academically able and leads naturally into higher education or professional training. It is targeted at those expected to achieve grades A* to E. The Supplement describes the extra topics or depth which must be added to the Core to produce the Extended curriculum.

Students need not enter for the same level of curriculum in all subjects.

Target Grades Grades Available
Core Curriculum C D E F G
Extended Curriculum A* A B C D E

The overlap of three grades (C, D and E) is designed to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers expect. Students who fail to meet the minimum satisfactory standard for either the Core curriculum (Grade G) or the Extended curriculum (Grade E) will be ungraded.

In a few subjects, the examination covers the complete ability range and there is no choice of curriculum. For these subjects, the full range of grades is available.

Group Award - Cambridge ICE

The Cambridge ICE certificate is a group award designed for schools that want to offer a broad curriculum. Candidates enter and sit for a minimum of seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas:

    Group 1 – Languages
    Group 2 – Humanities and Social Sciences
    Group 3 – Sciences
    Group 4 – Mathematics
    Group 5 – Creative, Technical and Vocational

Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in at least 7 (seven) Cambridge IGCSE subjects, including two from Group 1 and one from each of Groups 2 to 5. The seventh subject may be chosen from any of the syllabus groups.

Candidates who qualify for the Cambridge ICE award will be placed in one of three categories:

Distinction – Grade A or better in five subjects and grade C or better in two subjects.
Merit – Grade C or better in five subjects and grade F or better in two subjects.
Pass – Grade G or better in seven subjects.

Resources

Visit our IGCSE Recommended Books, IGCSE Past Exam Papers, and online classes to get the most out of this site for your education advancement.




1,782 thoughts on “What is IGCSE?

    • Hi Azizi,

      In the Additional Maths syllabus, it says: “The Additional Mathematics syllabus is intended for high ability candidates who have achieved or are likely to achieve Grade A*, A, or B in the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics examination. The curriculum objectives are therefore assessed at one level only (Extended).

      Please download the Additional Maths syllabus here to have a look: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/

  1. Hi I just got my results today. I did Maths (0580) Extended, and I got a grade C. With a grade C, can you do Additional Mathematics?

    • Hi Azizi,

      In the Additional Maths syllabus, it says: “The Additional Mathematics syllabus is intended for high ability candidates who have achieved or are likely to achieve Grade A*, A, or B in the Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics examination. The curriculum objectives are therefore assessed at one level only (Extended).

      Please download the Additional Maths syllabus here to have a look: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/

  2. Im giving private exam for igcse
    guide plz
    should I choose practical or alternative to practical
    as im giving private
    I have no idea for this

    • Hi,

      If you are registering as a “private candidate”, then you must take “Alternative to Practical – Paper 6”.

      The Alternative to Practical paper is simply an alternative mode of assessment to the Practical Examination paper. It requires the same kind of practical work in preparation as the Practical Examination paper. The syllabus (http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/) makes it clear, in the Aims, the Assessment Objectives and Practical Assessment sections, that the course should be taught practically and that candidates should have experience of doing (rather than merely seeing) experimental work. The Alternative to Practical paper assesses their practical skills, including both data handling and familiarity with standard laboratory equipment.

  3. Hello!
    May I please ask what the numbers mean in the codes given for each paper component?
    For example: 0500/11, 0500/12, 0500/13.

    Why are there 3 different types of Paper 1s? Same goes for Paper 2s (0500/21, 0500/22, 0500/23) and 3s (0500/31, 0500/32, 0500/33). What does 1, 2, and 3 mean?

  4. Hello!
    This might look like a stupid question but, why are most paper components divided into 3 types? For example, for First Language English, there is Paper 1 (core). But then, it is divided into these: 0500/11, 0500/12, and 0500/13? What do these mean, the 11, 12, and 13?

  5. Hi IGCSE,
    I m studying in IGCSE school My teachers asked that after doing IGCSE i donot need IELTS to go to australia can its right I am now studying 5 subjects our school this year get IGCSE Affliation please reply fast.

    • Hi Gurjinder,

      It really depends. If you’re planning to further your studies in Australia, it’s best to check the respective college/university’s entry requirements.

      If you’re going to Australia for other reason, other than studies, it’s best if you check the requirements from their immigration website. Otherwise, you can contact them directly via email (you can find from their website) to clarify.

  6. Can you give me a list of the extended exams papers for Biology, Physics,Chemistry,English,French,EVM, and Math, please. Thank you! I really appreciate your help!

  7. Hello Igcse team,
    I want to know how the marks are divided across all three exams paper 2,4 and 6 in subjects like Physics, Biology or chemistry which are out of 200.
    Thanks.

  8. Ok if I helped a friend print my evidence paper with her name on it, and you are told to write a statement should I say the truth but if I they will cancel my exams or is it ICT only I just don’t want that to happen because I really worked hard on practicing all the past papers or deny

    • Hi Annei,

      As we do not understand the whole situation, it is best to discuss this issue with your teacher/exam officer.

  9. Hello there. May I know the difference between First Language English and English as a Second Language please. Did go to the British Council in Kuala Lumpur a few weeks ago yo enquire about the subjects and fee and the lady told me to refer to their website. No explanation was given.

    • Hi Vengala,

      First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. Learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

      English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their education or career. Through their studies, learners will improve their ability to understand and use English in a range of situations.

      You may find all the needed information from the CIE website. Furthermore, in order for you to have a better understand the differences, you may download the related past papers and make comparison: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/

    • Hi Vir,

      Usually, it is decided by teachers based on the ability of the student. You can read more here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-igcse/

      However, if you are private candidate, you may choose based on your own ability. We, the IGCSE Team, are not able to choose anything for you. We can only provide suggestions and advices for your consideration. 🙂

    • Hi Shilu,

      You can select any one of the subjects under the “Cambridge English Language and Literature” as long as there’s at least one subject from the group is selected.

  10. Hi igcse centre,
    May I know will there be an exam in February and March?
    Please reply as soon as possible.
    Thank you

  11. Hi IGCSE Centre,
    I am Ally and I was wondering is there an exam going on in February and March? I saw there are past papers. Please reply me as soon as possible, thank you.

  12. Dear IGCSE team

    I am Pakistani, Dr. Hemandas working in Nizwa Hospital Oman.

    My child had passed class 8th in this April 2017 from Pakistani school Nizwa, Oman and now I want him to do IGSCE home studies as he can’t attended regular schools.

    I register my child in Pakistani school Muscat Oman offering IGCSE.

    I have read the your article show that the candidate must take 2 subject from group 1 and 4 subjects from rest 4 groups and 7th subject with his or her choice.

    The Pakistani school Muscat offering 3 options with following subjects.

    Option 1: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 8 subjects

    Option 2: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Physics, Chemistry and ICT. 8 subjects

    Option 3: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Accounting, Business Studies and biology. 8 subjects

    They are offering subjects 2 subjects from group one but not offering other subjects from rest 4 groups like omitting one group with each option.

    I want my son to take science and other necessary allied subjects with them.

    I will continue his A level studies in Oman and try for Universities in UK for further studies.

    So my quires

    1. What subjects and how many (minimum) numbers of subjects I should choice for my son to prepare my son for science group.

    2. As I mention, I will continue him here in Oman, is this important to take Urdu (which is only choice) as other subject from group one.

    3. Can I take only 5 important subjects for him?? Like English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics. Or it is important to take 7 subjects include Urdu and Pakistan studies (which I will choice if find necessary)

    4. Can I take 5 important subjects for science Like English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with ICT and Accounting to complete 7 subjects?

    Thanks and regards

    • Hello Dr. Hemandas,

      Here are the answers to your questions:

      1. Since you have already registered your son with a formal school, you must follow the school’s subjects options. There is no need to follow this rule: “2 subject from group 1 and 4 subjects from rest 4 groups and 7th subject with his or her choice.” if you are not taking the ICE Award. This rule is only applicable for those who wish to register for the ICE Award. Since the school is not offering one of the group required for ICE Award, you do not have to worry about it. You can read more about ICE Award here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-cambridge-ice/

      2. Urdu might be the official language subject that is needed for that country. If this rule does not apply to you, you can always choose other subject. However, you need to check with the school on who is required to take Urdu.

      3. Again, as we mentioned in our answer no. 1, since you have already registered your son with a formal school, you ought to follow the subject options in the school. However, if you register your son as a “Private Candidate” with this school, you might be able to only register your son for the 5 subjects only: English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics. Please discuss with the school, as we do not know if your son is formally the school’s student or “Private Candidate” registered with this school just to sit for his exams.

      4. Yes you may. However, you must consult the school for the option to register for these 7 subjects separately as a “Private Candidate”.

      We hope these help. You can always come back to us if you need more assistance.

    • Hello Nkechi,
      If this language is the official language for that country, then it would be compulsory to take that language in that country. You have to check with the school if this rule apply to you or not. You can always opt out from this language if the country official rule does not apply to you.

      • Hi
        I am monika raghav I want to join your igcse classes as I am ready to put my hundred percent to get good grades and I will be appearing for exams in February 2018

        • Hello Monika,
          That’s great! Please sign up on the right sidebar in order to receive our announcement when the registration is opened.

  13. Hello! I want take IGCSE Exames as a private candidate. And i am about to choose only 4 subjects, so is it possible to choose only 4. Please tell me is it required to study in any School to take IGCSE Exames, or i can be prepared by myself. Thanks

  14. Hello.

    My friend and I are taking the IGCSE O Levels . My friend wants to earn a degree in Business Studies and I want to earn a degree in Psychology. What subjects should we take in the O levels if we want to earn degrees in those subjects ? And is taking English as my second language okay even though I want to get a scholarship for college ? And how many subjects should i take at least for the O levels if I want to be accepted ? Please reply as soon as possible. It would be a great help to both my friend and I.

    • Hi there,
      Generally for Business Studies, you may consider: English, Maths, Business Studies, Economics, and one subject from the Science Group (please read above article).

      As for Psychology, there have been many different subjects required for different university. We can only suggest, but you have to confirm with the university as which subjects are needed. You may consider: English, Maths, Sociology, any of the science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

      You need to proceed to A Level or equivalent in order to get admission to university. Please check on the respective university’s website, and find out their entry requirements.

  15. Hello I was wondering if you could make English your foreign language instead of french if you don’t really speak good English or not fluent

    • Hi,

      I am studying from home for the Igcse biology exam, and was wondering if I need to pass all 3 papers individually or if the total of the 3 exams makes up the final grade? I highly doubt that I will pass the practical exam and am not sure if this will affect my overall passing even if I do well in the multiply choice and theory. Thanks a lot

      • Hi Carol,
        You must always sit for all the 3 papers in the same examination series. And all the 3 papers will add up to your total score. Definitely the practical paper would affect your overall grade if you didn’t do well on this paper.

  16. Hey guys i wanted to ask my sister is doing IGCSE exams right now and I wanted to know if they are a requirement for A levels or if she can take A levels even without doing IGCSE.
    Thanks a lot

  17. Hi
    I just want to ask ,and i have two questions. im in grade 10 currently doing my IGCSE but i was wondering since i wanted to study media what subjects should i choose and what comes after igcse ?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Reem,
      It is best to check with the university on the required subjects for IGCSE level and also at A Level.

      After IGCSE, you may proceed to A Level or any equivalent courses in order to gain entrance into university.

  18. Dear IGCSE CENTRE,

    I would like to know as the results are published in August, is there any way I can receive them before that. As the school I am applying to, starts their school in June, and I cannot sit in class until I have my marks card. IS it possible to get a confidential report sent directly to my new school, from CIE? That is before the given published date.

    Regards,
    Maryanne

  19. Dear IGCSE team

    I am Pakistani, Dr. Hemandas working in Nizwa Hospital Oman.

    My child had passed class 8th in this April 2017 from Pakistani school Nizwa, Oman and now I want him to do IGSCE home studies as he can’t attended regular schools.

    I register my child in Pakistani school Muscat Oman offering IGCSE.

    I have read the your article show that the candidate must take 2 subject from group 1 and 4 subjects from rest 4 groups and 7th subject with his or her choice.

    The Pakistani school Muscat offering 3 options with following subjects.

    Option 1: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 8 subjects

    Option 2: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Physics, Chemistry and ICT. 8 subjects

    Option 3: English, Urdu/Arabic, Maths, Islamiat , Pakistan studies, Accounting, Business Studies and biology. 8 subjects

    They are offering subjects 2 subjects from group one but not offering other subjects from rest 4 groups like omitting one group with each option.

    I want my son to take science and other necessary allied subjects with them.

    I will continue his A level studies in Oman and try for Universities in UK for further studies.

    So my quires

    1. What subjects and how many (minimum) numbers of subjects I should choice for my son to prepare my son for science group.

    2. As I mention, I will continue him here in Oman, is this important to take Urdu (which is only choice) as other subject from group one.

    3. Can I take only 5 important subjects for him?? Like English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics. Or it is important to take 7 subjects include Urdu and Pakistan studies (which I will choice if find necessary)

    4. Can I take 5 important subjects for science Like English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with ICT and Accounting to complete 7 subjects?

    5. As he will study at home, can I my sons appear 2 or 3 subjects in each given examine diet like in October and June respectively?

    6. I took syllabus book list from Pakistani school Muscat, having only subject code and ISBN numbers, but list given in British council having 2 books with same code with different options (CY,, GY) and some having 4 options (AY, BY,CY,DY), and each option having different fees for examine , Now I don’t know which option to prepare for examine as the lady in council told me that examine is taken examine only if candidates will be enough to appear in examine for given diet.

    7. There are different book is council list with different code but same subject name, please guide me which book to follow for proper examine preparations.

    Hoping for your kind reply and cooperation.

    Thanks and regards

    • Hello Dr. Hemandas,
      We have already answers your questions no. 1 to no. 4 earlier. Now we will continue with your question no. 5 to no. 7 here. 🙂

      Here are the answers to your questions:

      5. Yes, he may register to sit for the exams in different examination series. Just work with the school / British Council on the exam registration.

      6. All of the suggested books would work fine as long as they are endorsed and cover all the required syllabus. You may also check our recommended books here: http://igcsecentre.com/recommended-books/. Reference books are just guides for you, you may want to consider some online courses to help your son as well. Please check out the IGCSE online courses here: http://igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/. And yes, the exam fees vary from schools to schools, and even different from British Council. You can always register your son with the exam centre which is nearest to you and more convenient to you. Please only register your son for the exam when he is ready for that. Do not register now, and “force” him to finish the syllabus. This won’t work. The whole syllabus takes roughly 1-2 years to finish. So you must make good plans for him to follow through and cover all the subjects.

      7. All the books work just fine, as long as they covered all the required syllabus. You may also check the recommended books here: http://igcsecentre.com/recommended-books/

      Hope these help. If you need more assistance, just feel free to write to us.

  20. I am a year 9 student. I will attend year 10 this coming August. I got options for coming year. I am planning to take Business Studies for this coming August. So which other subjects should I take to go with Business studies, please? Hope you’ll reply in a short time.

  21. I am going to take Business Studies. So which other subjects do I need to take to go with business studies. I am a year 9 student. Coming August, I will attend year 10 and that’s why I am choosing subjects for it.

    • Hi Ah Phyu,
      For Business related courses, normally they would require: English, Maths, Business Studies, Economics, and one of the Science Group. You can always check on the university’s website to find out what are the required subjects as entry requirements.

    • Hi Agboola,
      We believe you meant, getting qualified in teaching IGCSE? If yes, you must contact CIE for the teacher’s training programme.

  22. Hi
    My son is in grade 5th but has not scored good marks(27/100).what should i do ?should i continue with IGCSE level?or i change with national board?on this result he will promoted to next grade?

    Plz reply n guide for it

    • Hello Kavita,
      You must first try the national board exam with your son, then assess his confident level in doing the national board exam. Only in this way you could weight whether IGCSE or national board is better for him.

  23. Hi,
    I will be doing my IGCSE exam next year and I have opted to do only 7 subjects. Could you please let me know whether 7 subjects will be sufficient to get to AS level, as I am a full science student.
    Thank you.
    Sharon

    • Hi Sharon,
      The number of subjects are not important. The most important factor you must consider is, your chosen subjects are related to what you want to study in the university.

      First find out what are the required subjects as entry requirement in the university, then work out what are the subjects you must take in A Level, finally you will know what are the subjects you need at IGCSE level.

      Always work backward. 🙂

  24. Hello:
    How are you doing today?
    We are running a school in Karnataka and we would like to implement the IGCSE syllabus in our school. I would like to know the proceedure and requirements for the same

    • Hi Naz,

      We can’t speculate that. You must refer to the grade threshold. Each year has different marks for each grade.

    • Hi Nasteha,

      It depends on the university you wish to apply to. Some university offers foundation programs which don’t require A Level. However, it’s best to check the entry requirements either from the university’s website or contact the university directly.

  25. HI IGCSE CENTRE
    I WANTED TO ASK IF IT IS STILL A DISTINCTION IF YOU GET 5 As, 2Cs and 1D AS MY SCHOOL PROVIDES 8 SUBJECTS IN IGCSE…THANK YOU FOR ALL THE PAST PAPERS…WAITING FOR YOUR QUICK REPLY
    ARYAN LAXMAN

    • Hi Aryan,

      ‘Distinction’ comes under Cambridge ICE award. If you did not register for ICE award, you will not obtain any ‘Distinction’. You will obtain separate IGCSE certificates.

    • Hi Celia,

      No, your Year 10 internal exams results will not affect your university’s entries. University is looking at your final results which is IGCSE.

  26. Hi IGCSE Team,
    I just want to ask you this question.
    Will I pass if I get an E in any subject ?
    Core
    E is 40% of the exam’s mark right?

    • Hi Omar,

      The passing marks of that subject usually depends on the exam threshold of that particular exam series.

  27. Hi,
    I have lot of difficulty in solving application based questions. Iam good at memorizing but not able to apply it. Iam in year 9 and will be giving igcse exams in 2019. Right now I feel I can’t even pass igcse as Ian not confident. Iam not scoring well in year 9 exams. Although I know all the answers iam not able to apply it.
    English is also a problem area for me. I can’t comprehend the big passages. My writing skills are poor.
    Iam really confused and scared how will I appear igcse in 2019.
    Shal

    • Hey IGCSE isn’t as hard as you think trust me! I’ve been through 2 years of it and 12 IGCSE subjects. I really suggest you read books in English if comprehension is what you lack. Also do as many past papers as possible! Past papers are super useful because these exams are all the same in the sense that Cambridge recycles and reuses the past questions! Also i’m in year 12 right now and doing my IB Diploma exams and trust me those are hard. You aint got nothin to be scared of if you believe in yourself and work hard for it! 😉

  28. Hi,
    I have difficulty in comprehending application based questions. Iam good at memorizing. Although I know the answers iam not able to apply it.
    English is another problem area for me. I will be sitting for igcse in 2019. Can you please advise me on what subjects to take. Iam very confused

  29. I will like to know more about IGCSE. I am interested in the sciences. Could a mixture with mathematics be obtained?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yes, you can. However, you will have to check with your school or local British Council (if you’re a private candidate) if the Mathematics subject you want is available.

  30. I would appreciate if IGCSE group could kindly update on FEB?MARCH 2017 past year papers ASAP. its already 1st week of April. May/June 2017 exam very near another 4 weeks only please help me.

    • Hi,

      We are trying our best to have the papers uploaded before the June exam series. In the meantime, you can revise using the older past exam papers.

  31. Hi IGCSE Team,

    I would like to inquire if I can still get ICE certificate if there is no Group V?

    I took 7 subjects – 1. English as First Language
    2. English Literature
    3. Biology
    4. Math
    5. Indonesian Language
    6. Chemistry
    7. Environmental Management
    But there is no subject under Group V.

    Can I still get the ICE certificate if all my grades are good?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    • Hi June,

      If you read the paragraph below the IGCSE subjects list, you should see that ‘candidates must take two different languages from Group I and one subject from each of Groups II, III, IV, and V.”

      If you have already taken your IGCSE, you can’t “enter” now to claim the ICE award. Please read above article to find out how to obtain ICE award. It is not particularly important to have one. So do not sweat about it.

  32. hello….
    i am supposed to do swahili….. for my upcoming papers though i am supposed to seat for October November today i read in the syllabus that this syllabus is examined in the june examination series does that mean i cant seat it on november i even tried looking for past papers of November and i could only find june….

      • so me seating for six subjects won’t affect me joining a college or university?
        and whats the ice stuff i have no idea about …i thought all we get is an igcse certificate….. is the ice stuff really important? in what way? and does it have to be seven subjects i dont want to make a wrong decision

        • Hi Caleb,

          It would be best to check & confirm with the college or university you’re joining. We wouldn’t know what is their entry requirements as every university/college have their own set of entry requirements.

          ICE Award is popular amongst the North & South American colleges and universities. If you wish to study in the US, then you might need to check with the respective university for the selection of subjects that they need.

  33. I am now a university student in my home country and I want to study abroad for some diploma. Do I need IGCSE?
    I am now 20 . Can I sit for the exam ?

    • Hi Pyae,

      As you are already a university student, you can always use the qualifications that you currently have to apply for overseas’ diploma. You should check with the university abroad on their entry requirements.

      If they require some sort of international certificates, we’d advise you to study A Level instead of IGCSE. This is because A Level is usually required as the university’s entry requirement.

      You can read more about A Level here: http://alevelcentre.com/what-is-asa-level/

  34. I know that i can use all variants for practice but i still want to know that i live in pakistan do i have to give variant 1 or variant 2

  35. Please if anyone can help can i apply for IG courses in egypt after finishing my high school here ? I am 18 ? And may i start them while taking my university courses ?

    • Hi Radwa,

      If you have already being admitted into a university, you do not need to take IGCSE anymore. Unless you just want to take the exam as an experience, by all means, go ahead. Just register yourself with your local British Council and sit for your exams there.

  36. Hello i want to ask what is a rank ?
    How do you know if you got it or not ?
    And should you take a specific number of subjects to get a rank ?

    • Hi Eman,

      We think what you meant was the Cambridge ICE award. If you read the second last section ‘Group Award – Cambridge ICE’, you’ll see that you need to pass at least 7 IGCSE subjects and will be placed in one the three categories – Distinction, Merit, or Pass.

      You can read more about Cambridge ICE here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-cambridge-ice/

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