What is IGCSE?


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

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.

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2,221 Replies to “What is IGCSE?”

  1. Hello, I am a father of a local Chinese student, now choosing the international school for him, several questions want to ask you,
    1) Ist possible International schools offer IGCSE and Alevel program in 3 years as high school and IGCSE only 1 year of it? will that be too much pressure for the kid? do you have any suggestions of the program length or it all depends on the abilities of students and teachers.
    2) One school offering 6 IGCSE subjects which are Math, ESL, Mandarin, Eco, Physics, Chemistry, they want the kids to take all of them, but actually the kid can take only 5 minimum, right? so what about Alevel, how many subjets they to have to take? must be same as the IGCSE subjects they have passed already?
    3) The teachers in China who are teaching IGCSE and Alevel, do you have any regulations on them? I mean do they need to pass your qualification exam or get any proof?
    4) when specifically is the IGCSE and Alevel exam in mid of 2021? every year will be different? and they are going to sit in the exam in where?

    Thank you very much, best regards.

    • Hi Li,

      Thank you for writing in. Please kindly read our suggestions:

      1. IGCSE is typically a two year programme for schooled students. While private candidates could finish the syllabus according to their own ability. It usually takes about 1-2 years to finish the whole IGCSE syllabus. If you do not want your son to follow the school’s 1-year IGCSE system, you may opt for taking the exam privately whenever he is ready. On the other hand for A-Level, there are three assessment options:

      1.Take the AS Level only. The syllabus content is half A-Level and the students have about 180 guided learning hours per subject over the
      duration of the course (normally one year).

      2.Take a ‘staged’ assessment route (A2) – take the 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 A-Level course in the same examination session, usually at the end of the course. The whole syllabus has
      approximately 360 guided learning hours per subject over the duration of the course (normally two years).

      We strongly suggest that you follow through the programme schedule and register only when the student is ready to sit for the exams.
      Students who completed the full A Level (or sixth form or equivalent) certificate means the student is prepared and adjusted for the
      first year of Bachelor degree.

      2. Yes, the minimum subject requirements for IGCSE is 5 subjects. However, if you are registered in a formal school, you ought to follow the school’s subject options. With regards to A-Level subjects, students typically study four subjects at AS-Level and three subjects at A-Level. Furthermore, it is recommended that they’ve completed IGCSE level counterpart. For the specific required IGCSE subjects at AS/A Level, please kindly download the syllabus here and get the required subjects: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-international-as-a-level-syllabuses/

      3. We are not CAIE, which is the exam board. Kindly address this concern with the school. Or you may write to CAIE directly to enquire about that.

      4. Every year there are two examination series – June exam series and November exam series. Students take their exams in registered Cambridge schools or exam centres. To give you an idea of the exam time table, kindly read this post: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-exam-schedules/

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  2. Hi, I m researching on ICGSE for my boy. Is it a must for a student to take math as a subject for exam? He is a special need child. 10yo this year. Am searching for way for him to opt other than math

  3. Dear Igcse team:
    I heard that if you fail the main subjects in grade 10 term 1 final exams which are: English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and ICT.
    can you still do the ig’s in May/ June.

    • Hello Sadeen,

      Your Grade 10 internal exams does not affect your chance in taking IGCSE exams. However, it may mean that you may not be ready to sit in for your IGCSE exams.

      You may want to check out our A* online revision course. This would help you with your exam preparations. It consists of detailed revision notes, engaging video tutorials, ready-made revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, exam tips, examiners’ advice, and also some chosen of our word-renowned A* Model Answers (for the respective subject) would be provided free.

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  4. I heard that if you fail the main subjects in grade 10 which are: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English and ICT, in grade 10 term 1 final exams, you won’t be able to do the Ig’s you won’t in May/ June, is it true?

    • Hello Sadeen,

      Your Grade 10 internal exams does not affect your chance in taking IGCSE exams. However, it may mean that you may not be ready to sit in for your IGCSE exams.

      You may want to check out our A* online revision course. This would help you with your exam preparations. It consists of detailed revision notes, engaging video tutorials, ready-made revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, exam tips, examiners’ advice, and also some chosen of our word-renowned A* Model Answers (for the respective subject) would be provided free.

      Furthermore, you may use the revision courses along with your studies at school. We have got many candidates doing that, and they have gotten better grades at school.

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  5. Hi.
    Kindly clarify the difference between an ICE Certificate that is issued to a student who takes a minimum of 7 subjects and a student who takes a minimum of 5 subjects. will the student with 5 subjects be issued with a certificate and will they be eligible for university intake.

    My daughter is taking 7 subjects and she wants to drop two and remain with 5. Would she be disadvantaged if she did this? You can let us know if there are any setbacks.
    Regards

    • Hello Sarah,

      ICE Award is not a requirement to be eligible for further studies. It is simply a group award that recognizes a candidate’s achievement in a wider range of subject selection. Furthermore, students will obtain separate certificates for each subject.

      If sitting in for 7 subjects is causing her too much stress, we suggest that she only take the subjects that are part of the university’s entry requirements. It is best that she inquire to the university to get confirmation on required subjects in accordance with what she wants for her further study.

  6. Hi,

    My son Vedaang is studying in Grade 1 and his age was 5 yrs and 8 months as on 30 just July 2019 (DOB 19th Nov 2013).
    In Grade 10 he will be 14yrs and 8 months old, so wanted to check whether he would be eligible for appearing exam in Grade 10?
    What is the minimum age criteria for appearing for Grade 10
    Thanks
    Kailash

    • Hi Kailash,

      The minimum age to sit in for IGCSE exams is 14 years old. As such, when your your son is in Grade 10 and ready to sit in for his exams, he is eligible to register for his IGCSE exams.

  7. Dear IGCSE Support team,
    I have 2 sons aged 9 and 10 years respectively.
    We are currently living in South Africa but undecided about possibly moving to India to a school which teaches the Cambridge syllabus. If we do relocate, we will proceed through the school’s subject choices, but if we do not, then we will have to prepare the boys at home privately back in South Africa for eventually sitting for IGCSE exams.
    My questions in this connections:

    1. Please suggest on a syllabus to use most suitable to leading up to IGCSE. They are currently using the CAPSE syllabus (the South African National syllabous) for Maths, English and Science only. We study Maths and English , and we download local papers for them to write yearly exams at home. We are prepared to abandon the current program to find a more suitable syllabus which will lead up to IGCSE. Kindly advise us with the most appropriate route to take where study material and exam papers can be easily available on-line which will specifically lead up to IGCSE for their later years, catering to the most relevant core subjects of IGCSE.

    2. Since the boys are still relatively young, it is difficult to decide privately what subjects to select for their studies, since their aptitudes are not yet absolutely clear to us. How should we go about making a selection of subject choices? I understand Maths and English are compulsory, but sciences may be from various sciences. Both boys are strongly inclined towards music, having acquired genes from me their father so that they are highly inclined to pitch and rhythm. They study piano and vocals informally with me, but we have found that music may not be a lucritive career, as it does not belong to a major “needs” industry but a secondary entertainment luxury service.

    With the above details in mind, is there a syllabus program that leads them up to a point in their lives when they will be ready for studying for the core IGCSE exams, in a most general way, so that they can each then decide the route they wish to take for themselves when they are old enough?

    Thank you kindly for considering my questions.

    Kind regards,
    Yogan

    • Hello Yogan,

      Thank you for writing in.

      Please find our suggestions below:

      1. You may find all the relevant and IGCSE exam resources on our site.
      For IGCSE syllabi, please download here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/
      For IGCSE past exam papers, please download here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/
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      By following the homeschooling route, this article would help in your planning: https://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-homeschooling/

      2. Choosing the exam subjects might be a little early at this age. We would suggest to go for the compulsory subjects, as mentioned in the article above. Science and art subjects are taught in school for primary level. You may follow the school’s primary level teaching materials. In this way, your boys have ample of time to decide at a later stage. IGCSE does offer Music subjects if your sons are going that route.

      We hope these help. Please feel free to drop us a line if you need further assistance.

      • Dear IGCSE team,

        Thanks for your kind advice and for the clear and intuitive layout of your content on the site, as well as your prompt and personalized replies to queries.

        From what I have understood from my reading on the site, the entire IGCSE course is necessarily a maximum of 2 years to complete, approximately as the equivalent of grades 10 and 11. If I have understood this correctly, then:

        1. Are there any formal processes put in place by the IGCSE board to ensure that students cannot sit for IGCSE studies for anything much more than 2 years? I’m just considering the possibility of starting out with actual IGCSE content at an earlier age (10 and 11 years old), and bridging any knowledge gaps as we go along, until they are actually ready, even if this takes a few years to write the exams. What is the formal requirement on this, and what is your practical suggestions beyond the formal requirement? Please can you write on both. Thanks.

        2. Does a home schooling parent have to formerly enroll a child into the IGCSE program as a whole or per subject to get started with the studies, in order to eventually be permitted to sit for the IGCSE exam for a particular subject, or can they simply download the course material for a subject and take as many months/years as they need to, working through past year papers Etc, until the home-schooling parent feels the child is ready to write the exam for that subject?

        3. Is there a minimum number of IGCSE subjects that a student can write in a single year?

        4. In the case of a second language (we wish to move to India so would like the children to start learning Hindi from scratch), does the IGCSE course assume any prior experience with that language, or does the syllabus teach the basics of the language from scratch: elementary diction, pronunciation, grammer, Etc?

        Thanks kindly.

        Yogan

        • Hello Yogan,

          Thank you for your kind words. Here are our suggestions:

          1. The whole IGCSE syllabus takes approximately 1-2 years to finish but there is no hard rule that candidates must study IGCSE for a two year period. The 2 year period is usually for schooled students, following schools calendar plus holidays etc. As a private candidate, you may judge your readiness to sit for the exams independently. The only formal requirement is candidates must be at least aged 14 to sit for the exams. However, we have also experienced some countries do accept private candidates registration below age 14. You have to check with your local British Council for this. Practically, starting IGCSE content at such a young age might put strain and stress on the kids. This is due to missing a big gap of required basic knowledge prior to the IGCSE content. We would suggest you to give a Primary 6 (Year 6) test and a Year 9 test to both your sons to assess their current knowledge level. You can acquire both Year 6 and Year 9 tests reference books from your local bookstores or from Amazon UK site. Only after this, you can make the right decision.

          2. As a homeschooling parent, you do not need to formally enrol your children in a school in order to start the IGCSE programme. You only have to register them when they are going to sit for their IGCSE exams. Exam registrations can be done either via your local British Council or any Cambridge schools which accept private candidates (https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/i-want-to/find-a-cambridge-school/). You are free to enrol your sons to IGCSE online courses, download past exam papers (https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-past-exam-papers/), getting exam resources such as model answers (https://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/), or have your practice papers marked by examiners/subject matter experts (https://www.igcsecentre.com/mark-your-papers/), at your own convenience. As private candidates, they can sit for the IGCSE exams at any age and they have the option to spread out their exams in different examination series. Ideally, they must complete all their IGCSE exams within 13 months. This is because there are colleges/universities that would only accept exam results that are within a certain period for example: within 13 months or 24 months, depending on each university’s entry requirements.

          3. There is no minimum subject they can take in a single year. But they are required to complete at least 5 subjects for their whole IGCSE programme.

          4. Please kindly download the subject syllabus here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-subjects-syllabuses/ to learn the subject’s scope and requirements. Generally, IGCSE syllabus expects candidates to have already acquired all the necessary basic requirements. It is a secondary school (high school for some countries) final exam.

          We strongly recommend you to follow the home education guide here: https://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-homeschooling/

          Hope this helps. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to write to us again.

          • Dear IGCSE team,

            Thank you for your informative reply. I have further questions and will be grateful once again for your valuable guidance.

            1. While investigating continuity study options for my sons aged 10 and 11, I came across something called “Cambridge Checkpoint” which, if I understand correctly, prepares learners transitioning from between approximately ages 11 through 14 into secondary school for the core subjects English, Mathematics and Science, so that by the end of their Cambridge Checkpoint studies, they should be equipped sufficiently to continue towards IGCSE. Is this understanding more or less correct?

            2. Is the Cambridge Checkpoint syllabus a combination of specific grades (stages) of the student’s schooling years, such as Grades 7 to 9, collectively, or is this Checkpoint category also divided into separate grades (stages), each prescribing specific grade (stage) books? My research presented in Question #4 seems to imply the latter. Please advise.

            3. I found a website selling books within the Checkpoint category of Cambridge education. Please can you verify if this is an authorized distributor:

            4. According to the website mentioned in Point #3 above, they seem to sell special category books in each subject. I wish to understand these categories better. They seem to cover grades (Stages) 7 to 9, which gives me the impression that Checkpoint means Stages 7, 8 and 9 specifically. Please advise on this as per Question #2 above. Here I wish to inquire more about the ‘categories’ of the books available.

            For English, the categories include “Coursebook (7 to 9)”, “Student’s Book (here 1 and 3 were listed but not 2)”, “Workbook (7 to 9)” and “Teacher’s Resource”. In the English category, there are also for sale some “Teacher’s Resource CD-ROM” resources.

            Mathematics categories include “Challenge Workbook (7 to 9)”, “Coursebook (7 to 9)”, “Practice Book (7 to 9)”, “Skills Builder Workbook (7 to 9)”, “Student’s Book 2 (a single book)” and “Teacher’s Resource (7 to 9)”.

            The Science category contain “Challenge Workbook (7 to 9)”, “Coursebook (7 to 9)”, “Science English Language Skills Workbook Stages 7, 8, 9 (A single book)”, “Skills Builder Workbook (7 to 9)”, “Student’s Book 2 (a single book)”, “Workbook (7 to 9)” and “Teacher’s Resource (7 to 9)”.

            Please advise what exactly are the categories, and what each essentially comprise differently for the subjects. For example:
            What is the difference between “course books” and “Student’s Books”;
            Are the teacher guide books essential for progress if the students are largely studying without much supervision;
            Do the above categories correspond to exercise work that the student must complete in the “Workbooks”;
            Why is the “Student’s book” category in each of the subjects not listed by grade (stage) numbers but are either 1, 2 or 3, so that we cannot know which will correspond to which grades (stage levels);
            Where can we get more details on the type of application in each category, in order to determine which categories of books to buy for each subject for our needs?

            5. Once the student has completed the Checkpoint studies, can they sit for specific exams to certify their completion of these studies for each grade (stage), or perhaps a collective exam for a group of stages as we have asked about in Point #2 above? If so, can they register at any institution offering IGCSE or do you have a unique body of exam centers for the lower grades such as the Checkpoint student years, in various countries? We currently reside in Johannesburg South Africa but will be relocating to Mayapur West Bengal, India from around mid-year this year 2020.

            Thank you kindly for considering all the above questions.

            Yogan Khandoo

            • Hello Yogan,

              You are very much welcome. Please find our answers below:

              1. Yes, you are correct. Checkpoint exams are standardized tests that are used to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Lower Secondary before they progress to the next stage of education. But please be guided that Checkpoint exams are only available for Cambridge schooled students. Checkpoint exams are not available for private candidates.

              2. The curriculum framework of the Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint covers Stages 7 to 9 and it is designed to be used at the end of Stage 9. It provides the foundations for IGCSE and O-Level. Usually the school teachers would use the results from Checkpoint exams as the guideline for deciding on whether to enter the students into Core curriculum or Extended curriculum for IGCSE.

              3. The Checkpoint books are a series of structured and comprehensive course books in English, Mathematics and Science. Generally, the Coursebook gives a thorough introduction to the concepts and offers a wealth of ideas for hands-on activities to make the subject matter come to life. Workbook contains exercises that develop students’ ability to apply their knowledge. Lastly, the Teacher’s Resource CD-ROM provides suggestions for how to introduce concepts in the classroom and how to deal with common misconceptions, as well as worksheets, and activity suggestions and sometimes answers are only available in Teacher’s Resource references.

              Each publisher designs the reference books differently. Please take our above general guidance, and skim through each reference book to understand the function of each book. In this way, you can make better decisions.

              And again, Checkpoint grades are for school’s internal usage only. There is no formal certificate awarded from the IGCSE exam board.

              4. If you are taking the homeschooling route, there are no Checkpoint tests available for private students. You have to make your own assessments to assess your sons’ progress. You may use Checkpoint books to help you with this. The only tests available for private candidates are IGCSE/O-Level exams. When you deem that your sons are ready, register them to your the local British Council or to the nearest registered Cambridge school.

              Hope this helps. Should you need further help, feel free to write to us.

  8. Hi,

    I need help in understanding age limit to choose IGCSE.
    My daughter will be 14 by October 2020, her school starts in June 2020 for 9th grade. Can she be eligible for IGCSE into to 9th grade for the academic year 2020-2021.

    • Hi Venkat,

      Your daughter is eligible to register for IGCSE since the minimum age to sit in for IGCSE exams is 14 years old. There are two examinations in a year, one in May-June, one in October-November. If she is deemed ready for the examinations, she may sit in for May-June 2021 exams already.

      You might want to check out our A* online revision course. These courses have produced many A* scorers worldwide. To learn how it works, kindly read this page: https://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/. Every year we have two revision sessions, February – April and July – September. We suggest that you subscribe to our newsletter for the announcement. We also send out valuable free email courses in our newsletter.

      If you need further assistance, feel free to write to us again.

    • Hello Thalia,

      We suggest that you only register for the exam when you are ready for that. The whole syllabus takes roughly 1-2 years to finish. So you must make good plans to follow through and cover all the subjects. You are also free to spread out your examinations. A general guideline is to take your exams within 13 months, if you were to sit for your exams in 2 different examination series.

      You may be interested with our A* online revision courses. These had helped numerous students to score A*. The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Every year we have two revision sessions: February – April and July – September. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/

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  9. Hello –

    I have recently taken my daughter out of International school (Cambridge IGCSE curriculum) to begin homeschooling for years 10 and 11. Where can I find a model curriculum for ICGSE or O Levels that I can follow so that she takes the correct courses for her certificate?

    Thank you!

  10. please advise to take this exam shall i be registered in any school? or i can take it even i registered or not?

    • Hello Mahmoud,

      You may register as a private candidate. As a private candidate, your local British Council is the best place to sit for your exams. You will need to register for your examination either with your local British Council or any registered Cambridge schools that accept private candidate. You can find the list of registered Cambridge schools here: http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/i-want-to/find-a-cambridge-school/

      If you have further questions, please feel free to leave us a comment.

  11. Can I take 4 subjects for IGCSE exam? The requirements for the diploma in interior design is 3 credits to relavant subjects and a pass in English. So is it okay if I take only 4 subjects?

    • Hello Aisha,

      Universities and/or bachelor programs’ entry requirements are usually based on subjects taken, not the amount of subjects. As long as you take the required subjects, you don’t have to worry.

      First, we strongly suggest that you check with the university (or any higher qualification than diploma for your future study) on the required subjects at higher education level.

      Second, write to the diploma in interior design college/institution, and get their confirmation on the required subjects. You will get 100% confirmation and can make better decision in subjects selection.

    • Hi Jefferson,

      You should start doing your revision based on the latest syllabus: (http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-surebjects-syllabuses) and practice 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.

      You can check our A* online revision courses. These had helped numerous students to score A* The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Every year we have two revision sessions. The first session will be February-April and the second one will be July-September. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/

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  12. I’ll be 17 next year, will I still be able to sit for the igcse exams? Will i be able to use the result to apply for university? I’m actually planning to take the exam as a private candidate.

    • Hi there,

      Sitting in for IGCSE has no age limit. As such, you are free to take your exams. We suggest that register whenever you are ready.

      You can check our A* online revision courses. These had helped numerous students to score A* The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Every year we have two revision sessions. The first session will be February-April and the second one will be July-September. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/.

      Alternatively, you might be interested to purchase our exam model answers. Our model answers will show you what is an A* answer like:
      http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/.

      You may also try our “Mark Your Paper” service in order to know how your papers would be marked. For more information, kindly read this post: http://www.igcsecentre.com/mark-your-papers/

      Lastly, yes you may use your results for university application. It is wise to check with the university you wish to apply to as each university and its programs has their own set of entry requirements.

  13. hey sir ,
    this is my tenth grade and i am going to take my igcse exams this year , am really anxious and i don’t know what is the best way to study for the exams .

    • Hello Taleen,

      You should start doing your revision based on the latest syllabus: (http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-surebjects-syllabuses) and practice 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.

      You can check our A* online revision courses. These had helped numerous students to score A* The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Every year we have two revision sessions. The first session will be February-April and the second one will be July-September. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/

  14. excuse me why should I take the board exams in my school because I still don’t understand why it is necessary to take those exams. suppose I am in grade 10 they are saying that we should take the board exam wether in may and june or October and November to pass in grade 10.

    • Hi Hiba,

      In order for you to obtain a formal qualification for your future study or as a proof that you have completed your secondary education. Furthermore, after IGCSE, you may proceed to A level or any equivalent courses in order to gain entrance into university. We strongly suggest you to check on the university entry requirements for your future studies.

  15. Hello, I wish to ask three questions about taking IGCSE examination. The first one is whether my son can take the examination in two sittings (e.g. take 5 subjects in Oct/Nov, and then other subjects in May/June). The second question is, would the results look more appealing to university admission if he takes all subjects in one sitting rather than two or three sittings. My final question is, in the description it said the minimum number of subjects to be taken is 5; does it mean that my son has to take examination of 5 subjects in each sitting?

    • Hello Gloria,

      To answer your questions:

      1. It is possible for him to sit in both exam series and if his school permits that. We suggest that he sit for his exams whenever he is ready. A general guideline is to take IGCSE exams within 13 months, if he is going to sit for his exams in 2 different examination series.

      2. Spreading out exams will not affect his university admission but we suggest that you check with them on the longest period allowance for different examination series.

      3. The minimum required 5 subjects means for the whole IGCSE duration. It does not mean that he needs to sit all 5 subjects in one sitting. It is wise to check with the universities that he wishes to apply to, and get the confirmation on required subjects in accordance to the course he would like to study in the university.

      Hope this helps.

  16. Hi
    My daughter got bad marks in two igcse subjects, and she got U in math. She wants retake the igcse exams on Oct/Nov.

    1- Can she register in year 12 (AS level) and retake the igcse exams in Oct/Nov in same year?

    2- She wishes to major in visual arts, what are the AS subjects that she should choose?

    Thanks,

    • Hello Jojo,

      To answer your questions:

      1. Yes, she can retake any subject for improvement during the AS/A Level period. However, do check on the exam dates, and make sure they do not clash with the AS/A Level exams dates. We encourage the resit to be as soon as possible since she still has fresh memory of the theory. Furthermore, to sit for IGCSE and AS Level exams in the same examination series could cause unnecessary stress and divide attention.

      2. It is wise to check with the universities that she wishes to apply to, and get the confirmation on required subjects in accordance to the course she would like to study in the university.

      You can check our A* online revision courses. These had helped numerous students to score A* The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Every year we have two revision sessions. The first session will be March-April and the second one will be August-September. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/.

      You may also be interested in our exam model answers. Many students scored A* by copying the style of the answers. Please check them out here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/.

  17. I’m really confused because I got E in art but I don’t know if its a pass or not, because I had to take it in year 12, and I got a D in English, I still need to know the rest but so far I’m confused with those

    • Hello Sarah,

      Fail is when you see “UNGRADED” on your Statement of Results. Grades below C are considered pass. However, if you plan to further your studies, you must get the confirmation from respective school/college/university on this matter. Each school/college/university has its own entry requirement.

  18. hey sir
    I am currently a CBSE student thats interested in joining an IGCSE school in New Delhi but I want to enquire if maths is compulsory or if exemption is possible and if not I would like to know if theres any way to help with maths as I have moderate dyscalculia

  19. Hello IGCSE,

    I am positive that I have labelled a part in my french paper writing wrong. Even if the question number is wrong but it is obvious that the student meant to answer a different question, will the examiner still grade it or will it become an automatic zero

    • Hello Ananya,

      Examiner will mark your answer according to your labeling. If you wish to find out if examiner will award marks if you labeled wrongly, you must write to CAIE and get their confirmation. We cannot confirm on this part for you. You may reach them through their website: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/

  20. Hi there, my son has 5 IGCSE subjects. Maths, English, Afrikaans, Biology and Georgraphy. We are in South Africa, is this considered a Matric equivalent? Thank you

    • Hi Cathi,

      Usually Matriculation is the Foundation equivalent, which is the level after IGCSE. You must find out what is the equivalent level for your matric system. Since we do not know your matric system, we cannot provide proper suggestions for you.

  21. Hello. I am taking IGCSE CIE and attending Year-12 & 13 and go to A-levels. I am a little confused right now. Where does the GPA score come in use? The good colleges check the grade or the GPA? How many subjects do I have to take to become a doctor? What are they? Will be waiting for your reply :))

    • Hello Sana,

      The normal process would be: after completing IGCSE, proceed to any A level/IB/any equivalent qualification, then university. At the end of Year 13, you would be sitting for A Level exams.

      CAIE does not calculate Grade Point Average for students as there is no universal way to calculate GPA. However, you will obtain individual certificate for each subject. If the college/university requires you to submit your GPA, CAIE recommends that you contact your chosen university or a credential evaluator to calculate your GPA.

      College/university entry requirements are usually based on required subjects taken, not the amount of subjects taken.If you wish to enrol in Medicine program, the usual required subjects at IGCSE level are English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Add Maths. We strongly suggest you check with the university you wish to apply to as each university and its programs has their own set of entry requirements.

  22. Hi. I just finished my IGCSE O levels last week, and I’m thinking of advancing to A levels.
    Is there also a minimum number of subjects you must take in the A levels?
    I took English, Essential Math, Additional Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for my O levels, and I’m hoping to only take English, Math, and Japanese for A levels if possible. If I took only three subjects for my A levels, would it still qualify as a completion of twelve years of education?
    Also, how long does an A level course last, and what is the difference between A and AS level? Do I have to take both, and If not, which one has more benefits?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hello Bryan,

      You must choose your subjects in accordance to the course you would like to study in the university. Please do check the entry requirements with the university you wish to apply to.

      There are different assessment options to gain Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications:

      1. Take the Cambridge International AS Level only. The syllabus content is half a Cambridge International A Level.

      AS Level syllabuses are designed on the assumption that students have about 180 guided learning hours per subject over the duration of the course (normally one year).

      2. Take a ‘staged’ assessment route (A2) – 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 whole A Level syllabuses are designed on the assumption that students have approximately 360 guided learning hours per subject over the duration of the course (normally two years). For private candidate, the hours could be different depending on the number of hours spent on studying.

      Please kindly read more about AS and A Level here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-cambridge-international-as-a-level/

  23. Hi! I’d like to clear a confusion of mine. I just recently finished my biology o-level and I was wondering if that means that I’m considered to be done with highschool level biology? I’m debating on whether or not I should drop biology in gr12 so I would really appreciate a reply. Thanks!

    • Hi Jessica,

      Candidates normally will proceed to A level after completing O-level. Year 12 and 13 is for A-level. If you wish to proceed to A-level, then you must go through Year 12 and 13.

      The best way to decide whether to drop a subject or not, is to find out from the university’s entry requirements. Check what are the required subjects for the course you wish to further your study in. Only in this way, you can make the right decision.

    • Hello Akari,

      If you are a private candidate, you may spread out the subjects in different examination series. However, please take note that some universities/colleges might require not more than 13 months apart between the first exam sat and the last.

      You may sit for the exam without any previous certificate. Just register whenever you are ready.

      We suggest that you pay a visit to your local British Council to enquire for exam registration process and available subjects in your local area, or search for any registered Cambridge School which accept private candidate here: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/why-choose-us/find-a-cambridge-school/ to get more information with regards to exam registrations.

  24. hi my name is hamad ,I have a very important question,if I get B in maths and C in ict and the rest of the subjects below C ,do I get the admission for year 12/AS-level or do I fail

    • Hi Hamad,

      Fail is when you see “UNGRADED” on your Statement of Results. Grades below C are considered pass. However, if you plan to further your studies, you must get the confirmation from respective school/college/university on this matter. Each school/college/university has its own entry requirement.

  25. Hello,
    My school used to allow us to do nine subjects but now they only allow five of those nine to be taken by any student. They have added the option of the other 4 subjects in an optional program and do not allow me to separately pay for those subjects. To do them I would have to opt for a school optional program containing various other things and with a very high fee. All of this does not contain the cost of the papers.
    So will it not be possible for me to get my ICE certificate if I cannot afford the optional program?

  26. Hello, as a IGCSE student, if for some reason i get a really bad grade on add maths, like a U, do i still have to declare it on the university application or can i leave it out?

    • Hello Sophia,

      It is always best to be truthful and to not leave out any details with your application. If this subject is not required for your chosen study, then you do not have to worry. However, if this subject is part of their entry requirements, we suggest that you re-take this exam.

      You may be interested in our exam model answers. Model Answers are sample A* answers for past exam papers. You would see what kind of answers you need to write in order to score A*. Model Answers consist of step-by-step workings which you can’t find in mark scheme. Please check them out here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

  27. Hi,my child wants to take the IGCSE math exam at the British Embassy in November. What materials should I prepare and how to sign up?

    • Hi Aditya,

      We can’t speculate that. You must refer to the grade threshold. 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.

  28. Hello, my daughter is attending 11th grade and wants to sit igcse exams but the school only has igcse for 9-10th grade. Is there any other way for her to take igcse?

  29. Hello,
    My daughter would be going to grade 8 this academic year.
    She wants to take up the grade 8 check point exams , however the IGCSE school she goes to does not offer check point exams .Can she go as a private candidate to a different school for the exams .

    • Hi Ramya,

      There are no Checkpoint tests available for private candidates in this level. Checkpoint exam is only available in Cambridge School for schooled candidates. You must abide to your school’s Checkpoint exam procedures.

  30. Hi,
    My daughter is to write IGCSE exam in year 11 but she won’t use it till she’s in year 12, what is the validity of IGCSE?

    • Hi Vicky,

      IGCSE certificates are valid indefinitely. If your daughter will pursue further study, we suggest that you check the college/university requirements on the longest period allowance.

  31. Does the number of subjects I take affect my placement at universities? Is it compulsory to take another language (such as a second language) in addition to English language and English literature? Furthermore, what subjects are recommended if one wants to pursue a career in the medicinal field?

    • Hello Malia,

      First of all, universities’ entry requirements are usually based on subjects taken, not the number of subjects taken. For example, if you wish to enrol in Medicine program, the usual required subjects are English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Add Maths.

      We strongly suggest you check with the university you wish to apply to as each university and its programs has their own set of entry requirements.

  32. Hi,

    I am in South Africa and would like to enroll my son for IGCSE at a local tutor centre. He completed Grade 9 CAPS curriculum. I am getting conflicting information. How many subjects does he need for IGCSE?

    • Hello Marilize,

      It is wise to check with the universities that wish you apply to, and get the confirmation on required subjects in accordance to the course you would like to study in the university.

      If you plan for further studies, universities usually require a minimum of 5 subjects. We strongly suggest you to check on the university entry requirements for your future studies.

    • Dear Sir/Madam.

      My son miss his first paper of the 3 papers for Physic, can he still sit and score by doing the other two papers? Would that be possible?

      Thank you!

  33. hey, I gave entrance exam for English and Maths today for year 10, My English exam went really well but I’m not really sure about Maths and I’m getting really scared, do you think they’ll take me?Or what is the criteria and the passing marks for an entrance exam

  34. Hi
    My son in year 9 and he want to take the exam of 3 subject (Biology- physics and chemistry) in May-Jun 2019.
    would this conisdered as 1 trial or 3 trials .
    any problem will face him on admission to colleage if he take the exam in 2 consequance years 2019 and 2020 rather than all in one year 2020.
    please let me know
    regards

    • Hello there,

      We suggest that your son takes his exams whenever he is ready. Furthermore, he will obtain separate certificates for each subjects. With regards to the colleges/universities, we suggest that you check with them on the longest period allowance for different examination series. A general guideline is within 13 months. However, some colleges/universities do have longer allowance. Please get confirmation from them directly.

      You might be interested in our online revision course which is now open for registration. Every year we have two revision sessions. The first session will be March-April and the second one will be August-September. The revision course provides video tutorial, revision timetable, downloadable exam-style practices, common mistakes candidates make during the exams, and also examiners’ advice. Please kindly find out the details here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/cambridge-igcse-revision-courses/

      You may also check out our exam model answers. Many students scored A* by copying the style of the answers. Please check them out here: http://www.igcsecentre.com/igcse-exam-resources/

  35. Can I take English as a first language even if I am not a native speaker. Like if I am good in English that’s enough for me to select English as first language?

    • Hi Mahamadou,

      English as First Language is designed for learners who have excellent command of English. English as 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.

      We would suggest you download both exam papers and you could try to work on them. In this way you would know which one suits you best.

  36. Dear sir

    If a student takes some subjects exam in Nov2019 and some in May2020, is there any impact on the issuance of IGCSE exam results? How would typical next level (colleges/universities) entry requirements be impacted on general in this situation?

    Thank you

    • Hello Joshua,

      You are free to spread out your exams. Furthermore, you will obtain separate certificates for each subject. With regards to the colleges/universities, we suggest that you check with them if they accept the result on a certain year.

      A general guideline is within 13 months. However, some colleges/universities do have longer allowance. Please get confirmation from them directly.

  37. Hi, my daughter is in Year 8 now. Regarding the ICGSE exam, would you please advice on subjects that she need to take if she might want to pursue in Performing Arts or Art and Designs in future. In addition, can she register to sit for the relevant subject, (I think Art or Drama) if the school does not offer it, where she is taking up those courses externally, whereby she learn her arts n drama outside the school.

    • Hello Lai Mei Ching,

      It is wise to check with the universities that she wishes to apply to, and get the confirmation on required subjects in accordance to the course she would like to study in the university. In this way you have 100% confirmation on the needed subjects.

      On the other hand, if the subject is not available in her school, she may register as a private candidate. We suggest that you pay a visit to your local British Council or you can also find a list of registered Cambridge schools near your area here: http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/i-want-to/find-a-cambridge-school/ and check with school if they accept private candidate.

  38. Hi,

    As stated above, if a student pass with 7 subjects, he can be awarded with the certificate of ICE.

    With the following combination, can he can get the certificate of ICE?
    1. English as second language
    2. Chinese as first language
    3. Mathematics
    4. Geography
    5. History
    6. Science
    7. Business Studies

    Please advice

    • Hello there,

      If you would like to get an ICE Award, you have to register for ICE Award during your exam registration. If you did not register for ICE Award, you are not able to claim the award after that. To obtain ICE Award, candidates enter and sit for a minimum of seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas:

      Group 1 – Languages ;
      Group 2 – Humanities;
      Group 3 – Sciences;
      Group 4 – Mathematics;
      Group 5 – Creative and Vocational

      Cambridge ICE is awarded to candidates who pass in at least 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.

      For more information about ICE Award, kindly read this: http://www.igcsecentre.com/what-is-cambridge-ice/

  39. Hi,

    My daughter is in 8th grade IGCSE. She want to take up biology related courses in university. what are the subjects she need to choose in AS and A level. I know Physics, chemistry and biology is a must but does she need to take math as well? and if math is compulsory, is there a math curriculum without calculus. And can she take O level math with other subject in A level?

    • Hello Vinodhini,

      A good guideline is English, Maths, Additional Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry. You should get the confirmation from the university on their entry requirement. With regards to the Mathematics, we suggest that you check the subject syllabus. Lastly, she may take her O level during the AS/A Level period. However, do check on the exam dates, and make sure they do not clash with the AS/A Level exams dates.

  40. Hi

    My daughter is 15yrs old ( in June 2019 ) and preparing to sit GCE O Level in summer 2020 series. Here under are the subjects of her choice for the exam:
    1. English subject
    2. English literature
    3. Mathematics
    4. Science 3 credits ( Physics, Chemistry, Biology )
    5. Economic
    6. Madrin Chinese
    7. PE

    She is good at Mathematics and is it advisable for her to sit early exam for Mathematics in June ‘2019?
    If the grade is good, we will keep it for GCE A level education, will colleges/ universities accept such kind of early sit in specific exam as all subjects in one exam?
    If the grade is not preferable from us, can we go for re-sit in summer 2020 with the remaining subjects?

    Thanks for your advice.

    Aung Naing Kyi

    • Hi Aung Naing Kyi,

      If your daughter is a private candidate, she can always opt to sit for one subject first, then the rest later. If she is a schooled student, you might need to check with the school for such arrangement.

      Usually university/college would accept combining results from separate examination series, but within a certain period, for example: within 13 months or 24 months, depending on each university’s entry requirement.

      Therefore, we strongly suggest you to check with the respective university/college on their acceptance in terms of results from separate examination series.

      Lastly, yes she is free to re-take her exams. She may choose which certificate to use based on the highest achieved grade.

  41. Hi,

    In case my daughter got lower result for a subject, she can apply for next exam and sumit better score to university by her choice?

    • Hi Won Young Sun,

      Yes, she can re-take her exam. The result will not replace the old one. But she may choose which certificate to use based on the highest achieved grade.

    • Hi Lucy,

      English as a Second Language and IELTS serve different purposes. For academic wise, some university courses accept English as a Second Language at a specific grade. If your grade is not desirable for the university, the university might ask you to take IELTS.

      IELTS also serves as language assessment for migration purposes. So it all depends on what do you want to do with the subject taken.

      We suggest you to find out from the respective university on their entry requirements.

    • Hi Jimmy,

      A good guideline is English, Maths, Additional Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, ICT. But we do suggest that you check on the university?s entry requirement. In this way you have 100% confirmation on the needed subjects.

  42. i may want to know if (9-10) igcse grading system is recognize in kuwait to apply for equivalency . recently i had done 6 igcse and i need 7 subject to be completed and apply here in kuwait . however i planned to take an additional subject edexcel igcse mathematics A (9-1) as long its approve in kuwait . although i have complete grade 12

    • Hi Elena Marie,

      Different colleges have different selection preferences, therefore you should check the individual college websites. If after consulting the websites you have any further queries about admissions requirements, do get in touch with the admissions office at your preferred College.

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