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 October 2019 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.
  • As much as we would love to help, unfortunately, 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.


10,459 Replies to “Cambridge IGCSE Past Exam Papers”

  1. Dear IGCSE Centre, I’m very thankful for you posting these papers. Can you give some tips for scoring marks in MCQ papers

    • Hi V S Varshith,

      You are very much welcome.

      Here are some tips for you:

      – Work through the paper carefully. Do not miss out any question for any reason – you may then start placing your answers in the wrong places.

      – Do not attempt to look for any pattern or any lack of pattern in the answers. In other words, do not worry about how many questions have been answered A, B, C or D and do not worry about the distribution of As, Bs, Cs and Ds.

      – Be confident in answering the questions. When you are well-prepared, confidence will follow.

      Hope this helps.

  2. Is there a penalty for going over the word limit in English 0500/22 Creative Writing paper, because I went a little overboard on my paper and might have written a hundred and a half words over the limit

    • Hello Abhijeet,

      You will not be penalised if you exceed the word limit in an essay writing. The number of words suggested is for guidance. Paying attention to the guidance for word limits will help you to plan your time in the examination and target the requirements of each question more effectively.

    • Hello Ethan,

      At this point of time, you shouldn’t rush to practice lots of past exam papers. This would stress you out. Just take all your previous practices, and go through all the common mistakes that you normally make. Go through them with a calm mind, and not beat yourself up for the mistakes that you had done. Take a deep breath.

    • Hi Ethan,

      Past papers are available for download. Kindly click the subject you wish to download and it will direct you to our Google Drive.

  3. Hello igcse team
    could you please help me how to get good grades in business studies becuase i failed at the first time, i wanna score atleast B this time plase help.

    • Hello Mohamed,

      The key to get good grades is to practice, practice, and practise. Start doing your revision by understanding what is expected of you by downloading the latest syllabus here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-surebjects-syllabuses. Then practice with the latest past exam papers. Start with the latest paper as they have the newest syllabus format and continue with the older one date back from 5 to 10 years. Then, revise on the most common mistake you always seem to make.

      Here are some tips on answering the paper:
      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.

      Hope this helps.

    • Hello Mia,

      When plotting a graph it is important to choose the scales so that the plots occupy more than half of the graph grid. Careless, rushed graph plotting can lose several marks. You should always use a sharp pencil and plot small, neat, accurately placed crosses. Then draw a neat thin best-fit line.

      Hope this helps.

    • Hi there,

      Yes. Candidates must write their answers legibly in black or dark blue ink. Candidates should be warned that pale blue ink is often illegible. Red or green ink must not be used.

  4. Are we allowed to write in blank ink becuase I wrote all my papers in blank ink and today one of the teacher told us not to write in blank ink.

    • Hello there,

      You may use black or dark blue ink to write your answers. On the other hand, soft pencil (type B or HB) must be used for multiple choice tests. Pencils or pens in other colours may be used for diagrams and maps only if indicated on the question paper.

  5. Hi IGCSE,

    I would like to know if the IGCSE ICT PRACTICAL PAPERS [PAPER 2/ PAPER 3] (FROM 2020) have theory questions in the practical papers.
    As the syllabus states that ‘Candidates must demonstrate the practical skills relevant to sections 11-16’.
    In the previous syllabus, it stated that ‘Candidates must have relevant knowledge on Sections 1-10″
    So does this mean there will be no theory questions in the practical papers? (There was no theory question the Specimen Papers).

    (I will be appearing for the May/June Examinations and I would also like some tips on Paper 1 (Theory) as I have some difficulty in learning that)

    Please confirm and clarify my doubt about there being no theory questions in
    Paper 2/Paper 3

    Thank You.

    • Hello there,

      We suggest that you download the Specimen paper here https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/ so you will be able to familiarise with the new question format.

      For Paper 1, do not provide generic answers when the question requires in-depth answer. Provide response that relates to the scenario or content of the question.You must give more than a statement in your answer by expanding on the points made. Justification and discussion of the points is also essential. Lastly, do not write brand names. It is clearly stated on the front page of the examination paper ‘No marks will be awarded for using brand names of software packages or hardware.’

      Hope this helps.

      • Thanks a lot IGCSE.
        I checked the Specimen Papers for ICT practical and there was not theory questions in it. So does that mean that there is no theory in practical in our syllabus for June 2020?

  6. hey im writing igcse f/m 2020 right now. have been practicing a whole lot from this website since last year, thank u for ur resources!
    i just have one question.
    i am expecting 6 A*/A , one B and one D. i have applied for my ICE certificate.
    will i get a distinction with the above grades??

    • Hi Dani,

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      If you take more than the minimum of seven subjects required to qualify for ICE Award, you must fulfil the entry requirements for Cambridge ICE (passes in seven subjects, covering the five IGCSE subject groups and including two different languages), your seven best results, irrespective of subject or group, will be used to calculate your Cambridge ICE grade.

  7. Hello,
    Could you please let me know how to start answering my question paper for business studies paper 1 and paper 2 ,because my exam is approching in 3 months so that i can start practicing from now.
    Thank you!

  8. hey! i am attempting feb march 2020 rn…
    so far i did well and im expecting A/A* in 5 subjects.
    if i get 2 Bs and a D in my other 3 subjects will i still get a distinction?
    people say if u get 5 A/A* and 2 subjects C or more u get distinction, but i think i may get a D in hindi… will i fall into merit even if i get 5 A*?

    • Hello Bruno,

      If you did register for ICE during your exam registration and have fulfilled the requirements of the subjects, you will be placed in one of the 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.

      You can read more here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-cambridge-ice/

      If you did not register for ICE Award during the exam registrations, you will obtain separate IGCSE certificates.

      • i have applied for the ice certificate, so do i have a chance of getting a distinction? because according to this data u gave me, i shud get 5 A or better and 2 C or better, which i am sure about me doing. but i took a total of 8 subjects so if i get a D in one subject will i still get a distinction?

        • Hello Bruno,

          As long as you fulfil the entry requirements for Cambridge ICE (passes in seven subjects, covering the five IGCSE subject groups and including two different languages), your seven best results, irrespective of subject or group, will be used to calculate your Cambridge ICE grade.

        • Hi Bruno,

          If you took more than the minimum of seven subjects required to qualify for ICE Award, your seven best results, irrespective of subject or group, will be used to calculate your Cambridge ICE grade.

  9. Hey IGCSE,
    I have some questions to ask relating to my upcoming Mathematics (0580) exam. Please be kind enough to answer them. Thank You.

    1. Matrices has been taken out of our syllabus. But will they be included in the transformation questions (Transformation by matrices). Or will any Questions relating to matrices will come at all.

    2. Is the new calculator ( fx-991ES PLUS 2nd edition) allowed in our exams.

    3. Is a mechanical Pencil allowed.( i know this is not relevant but…..)

    • Hello Yunus,

      Please read our answers below:

      1. Matrices, some construction, and loci are removed from the syllabus content. Please kindly download the Specimen paper to see the new question format.

      2. Due to the sheer number of different calculator models available worldwide, we cannot give specific details of which models or makes of calculators are permitted during exams.

      Please read this article to understand better on what is allowed and what is not: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-kind-of-calculator-is-acceptable-for-use-in-cambridge-igcse-mathematics-examinations/

      3. You may use mechanical pencils when drawing diagrams or completing graphs while soft pencil (type B or HB) must be used for multiple choice tests.

      • Dear IGCSE Centre,
        I am very thankful for your kind help posting papers.
        Can you give some tips for getting marks in MCQ papers

        • Hello there,

          Thank you so much for your kind words.

          Here are some tips for you:

          – Work through the paper carefully. Do not miss out any question for any reason – you may then start placing your answers in the wrong places.

          – Do not attempt to look for any pattern or any lack of pattern in the answers. In other words, do not worry about how many questions have been answered A, B, C or D and do not worry about the distribution of As, Bs, Cs and Ds.

          – Be confident in answering the questions. When you are well-prepared, confidence will follow.

  10. Hello,

    I would like to know if the new calculator Casio fx-991ES plus SECOND EDITION is allowed for our IGCSE maths and other exams in the coming May/June 2020 examination.

    Thank You

  11. I have my Math exam on Monday and I was wondering from the new syllabus what type of questions will paper 4 have and where can I find the questions for the new syllabus as I can not find anything online and my textbook has no info.
    How did the others find the math paper 22 as our whole class found it difficult.

  12. are we allowed to use “log” for sums like: f(x)= 27 raise to x. So find f inverse x
    as I wrote the answer in this form which is log x/log 27. can I write my final answer like this if “no” please comment on how to solve this sum

  13. Dear IGCSE Team,
    I’m giving my Boards currently in Feb-March series,
    If in an answer, I require more space than given (if I’ve cut something before), and I annotate [refer down] and write below the dashed line, will my answer be counted?

    Looking forward to a positive answer,
    Thank you in advance!!

    • In the Chemistry(0620) 42 paper, which I had written about 2 days ago didn’t have a blank page so I had continued as written earlier; We were told so in our school code: IN441 “The Universal School Ghatkopar”

    • Hello Abhijeet,

      We strongly suggest for you not to go below the region. 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.

  14. i wanted to say one more thing that do we need to develop points in ICT subject in 8 and 12 mark answers. please help me as I can’t subscribe or pay for only one day

    • Hi there,

      When answering the written paper, do not provide generic answers when the question requires in-depth answer. Provide response that relates to the scenario or content of the question.You must give more than a statement in your answer by expanding on the points made. Justification and discussion of the points is also essential.

  15. In information and communication technology are we allowed to use the blank page for writing answers as it wasn’t acceptable in prelims and if yes is it enough to write “P.T.0 followed by blank page number”.

  16. Hello IGCSE Centre,
    My name is Navadeep, currently preparing for Feb-March 2020 examinations.
    I have a doubt regarding that if the provided space is not sufficient, can we use the blank page, showing the question number and the solution there?
    Also if we write there any solution regarding to the question in blank page, will it be considered?
    Thanks and Regards

    • Hello Navadeep,

      Yes, you may use the blank page provided. But please don’t forget to label it. If you properly labelled your answer, then the examiner would be able to follow it.

      Any blank pages or answer booklets that are used by a candidate in the examinations are scanned and marked as long as you properly label it.

      Hope this helps.

  17. Hello IGCSE Centre,
    I’m Varshith, currently studying in Grade 10, writing the Feb-March 2020 series board exams.
    I have a doubt regarding the provided space. Will the answer be considered if we write the information which is exceeding the lines just below the provided lines?

    • Hello Varshith,

      We strongly suggest for you not to go below the provided space. You are risking your answers not fitting into the scanned screen. We suggest that you use the blank pages provided within the answer sheet. Any blank pages that are used by a candidate in the examinations are scanned and marked as long as you properly label it.

    • Hello there,

      Yes, students are able to use tracing paper in all the IGCSE Mathematics papers. You will notice that it is an optional item on the front of the examination paper.

    • Hello Bruno,

      ‘Merit’ comes under Cambridge ICE Award. If you do not register for ICE Award, you will not obtain ‘Merit.’ You will obtain separate IGCSE certificates.

  18. can you suggest some effective words to be used in writers effect such as the phrase “implies”, “suggest” plz suggest only some things as I’ve my 0500 exams tomorrow at 8 am IST. Please it is very important and I can’t subscribe or pay for only one day.

    • Hello there,

      When you are planning your answer, things to look for could include:
      – use of the five senses – including colour, noise or sound effects
      – use of contrast or links between the subject and the environment
      – surprising or unusual words in the context of the description
      – imagery (similes and metaphors).

      To score marks though you will need to explain HOW they work, not just find them.

  19. Factorise

    12(m+p)+8(m+p)(m+p)

    0580/22/F/M/19
    Can you please solve this one centre
    Final answer 4(m+p)(3+2m+2p) in marking scheme

  20. Hey IGCSE,
    I am appearing for the exams in March 2020. I wanted to ask how do I study for First Language English 0500 as the syllabus has changed. My english exam is day after tomorrow. I am aiming for an A*

  21. HEY, GUYS I’M APPLYING FOR FEB-MARCH 2020 MY BOARDS HAVE STARTED AND I JUST WANTED TO ASK THAT CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND RECURRING DECIMALS AND SIGNIFICANT FIGURES AS I’M FINDING DIFFICULTIES. I REFER TO THIS WEBSITE NOT BECAUSE THEY PUT LABELS WHICH CUTS SOME IMPORTANT TEXT

    • Hello there,

      If the degree of accuracy is not specified in the question, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures. This is best explained with examples.

      1.076 ➔ 1.08
      2345.07 ➔ 2340

      Furthermore, currency should be rounded to 2 decimals while for angles, give it to 1 decimal place.

      You might also be interested in our Exam Model Answers. It consists of step-by-step workings which you can’t find in mark scheme. You may purchase them here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

      • will i lose marks if these steps are not taken into consideration cause in ms they specify this or this or this for eg: 2340 or 2340.07 etc

        • Hello there,

          It is better to follow what is specified in the question. Keep in mind that if the degree of accuracy is not specified, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures.

  22. Hello IGCSE Centre!
    I am giving my Math 0580 exams… If degree of accuracy is not specified, then answers are to be given to 3 significant figures, right? And also, I wanted to know that will I lose marks if I give non exact answers to more than 3 significant figures( for example, 2 decimal places)?
    Thanks!!

    • Hello Anushka,

      Yes, if the degree of accuracy is not specified in the question, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures. For example, if your answer is 12.298, the answer should be given in three significant figures. Thus you should write your answer as 12.3.

      Upon checking the Examiner’s Report, this is one of common errors students make. Some candidates are giving answers to less than 3 significant figures without a more accurate answer being seen. If a candidate has shown working they are likely to lose only one mark but those candidates showing no working may not be awarded any marks.

    • Hello Bob,

      If the degree of accuracy is not specified in the question, and if the answer is not exact, give the answer to three significant figures. For example, if your answer is 12.298, the answer should be given in three significant figures. Thus you should write your answer as 12.3.

    • Hello Arc,

      Please read our tips below:

      For Paper 2:
      – Work through the paper carefully. Do not miss out any question for any reason – you may then start placing your answers in the wrong places.

      – Do not attempt to look for any pattern or any lack of pattern in the answers. In other words, do not worry about how many questions have been answered A, B, C or D and do not worry about the distribution of As, Bs, Cs and Ds.

      – Be confident in answering the questions. When you are well-prepared, confidence will follow.

      For Paper 6
      – It is essential that you read alternative to practical exam papers very carefully

      – Follow the instructions on the paper so that you do the correct experiments and record the correct observations

      – Write down exactly what you see – as differences or similarities

      You may be interested to purchase our A* Model Answers which shows the A* answers for the Alternative to Practical exam papers here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

  23. Hello IGSCE
    I just wanted to ask if you have the math formula sheet for code 0580.please if you have it can you send it.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Hello Mai,

      Unfortunately, we do not have a copy of the formula sheet code. You may use google to look for other resources. Thank you.

  24. hey, so glad ur back! so, i was wondering for economics (0455) for the 4 marks questions which say ‘mention 2 points/reasons’ …will they cut marks if i write 3 points? because i heard that they dont and i know many ppl who wrote 3 pnts and got A*s. not sure…pls reply.

    • Hello Bruno,

      Thank you for appreciating our efforts.

      When you provide more than what is required, you will not lose marks but you will lose time. In such a situation the examiner will usually take the first two answers: the examiner will not select the correct answers from your list.

      Hope this helps.

      • just one more query…about my previous question…
        lets say my first reason is wrong and my 2nd and 3rd are correct and are self sufficient for me to obtain 4/4 marks. do they check the 2nd and 3rd if the first is wrong?

        • Hello Bruno,

          The examiner will not select the correct answers from your list, they will only mark your first two answers.

  25. hey igcse,
    do caie inserts o level questions in igcse board exams???
    if no, then why is my school inserting o level questions for preliminary question

    • Hello there,

      IGCSE and O Level have slight differences in the syllabus, and the style of the exam papers are different as well.

      We are not certain why your school adds O-Level questions to your IGCSE preliminary exams, it might be for practices purposes. Please kindly get the clarification from your school.

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