Update for Cambridge schools on May/June exam series 2020 – 01 April

Cambridge Assessment International Education would like to reiterate our thanks to schools for their support and feedback on our decision not to hold our international examinations in the May/June 2020 series, and to the updates we sent on 26 March.

We are endeavouring to provide as much clarity as we can as quickly as possible. In these unprecedented circumstances, it is important for us to make sure all our students obtain the fairest outcome possible, with the quality and integrity they would expect from Cambridge.

Please see below further updates on providing grades for students, private candidates, our discussions with universities and other questions.

Thank you for your patience. Further details will be sent to schools on Tuesday 7 April.

Providing grades for students

It is vital to Cambridge International to ensure that all our students studying in many different countries and contexts around the world receive a fair, valid and globally recognised qualification.

The process we will use to provide grades for students will be a collaborative one with schools.

The decision on grades to be awarded to candidates will be made by Cambridge, using our own evidence combined with evidence from schools.

Our approach will be to ask schools to collaborate with us as we make evidence-based decisions about grades for each candidate in each subject they have entered for in the May/June 2020 exam series for Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level and Cambridge Pre-U.

We are now asking schools to consider what evidence they will be able to gather to support these decisions. The evidence should consist of examples of work candidates have done to prepare for their May/ June 2020 exams.

The types of evidence that might be available could include but will not be limited to:

  • mock exams (see FAQ below)
  • coursework (complete or incomplete)
  • assignments
  • AS Level results for ‘staged-route’ A Level candidates
  • grades in previous sittings for candidates re-taking exams.