Cambridge University International Exams

Cambridge University is not only one of the world’s most prestigious universities but is also the world’s largest provider of international examinations. In this guide we shall look at some of the Cambridge University international exams that are available.

About Cambridge University International Exams

Cambridge University International Exams (CIE) are taking by thousands of students around the world each year. The organisation is not-for-profit and is part of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. The CIE was first established in 1998 and fast became the most popular choice for highly-regarded and recognised international exams.

Cambridge University International Exams are held in over 157 different countries around the world including many countries across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

In several countries (in particular the UK), some of the Cambridge University International Exams are the state/country required qualifications for secondary students – such as the GCSE’s in the UK. In fact, over 2,000 schools across the globe teach Cambridge IGCSE; and the A-Level exams are taken in over 100 different countries each year.

Exams are offered for students from ages 5 up to 18, however the most popular Cambridge University International Exams are for students between 14 and 16. Despite the age groups, Cambridge University International Exams can be taken by anyone of any age. It is not unusual for people long out of school to take examinations. We shall look at the exam options in more detail below.

Cambridge University International Exams for 5-11 year olds

Students between the ages of 5 through 11 can take part in the Cambridge International Primary Programme that has been designed as a framework for primary schools and covers subject areas of mathematics, science and English.

There are two types of examinations for 5-11 year olds – Cambridge Primary progression tests and Cambridge Primary Achievement Tests.

Cambridge University International Exams for 11-14 year olds

Following on from the Cambridge International Primary Programme is the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme designed for students between the ages of 11 and 14 years of age.

The programme for this age group follows on from the primary programme and builds on the students’ knowledge of mathematics, English and science.

At both the primary and lower secondary levels of teaching, Cambridge University International Exams offer an ICT (Information Communication Technology) courses to help introduce students to working with computers. ICT is considered to be one of the most important skills in the modern workplace, so starting at a young age is essential.

At each ICT level certificates of achievement are available for successful students. The ICT courses have been designed to meet the differing needs and competencies required around the world.

Cambridge University International Exams for 14-16 year olds

Some of the most recognised Cambridge University International Exams are taken during the ages of 14-16 and include the IGCSE and Cambridge O-Level – both of which are globally recognised qualifications.

There are over 70 difference IGCSE subjects to choose from (such as art, French, English literature, politics and philosophy) and over 50 different Cambridge O-Level subjects. Typically students will choose between 6 and 12 subjects while they are studying – however the number of subjects you take is up to you.

Both of the courses are a direct equivalent of the UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). The IGCSE and Cambridge O-Level exams provide a great basis for progression into the final stage of education.

Cambridge University International Exams for 16-19 year olds

The most advanced level of Cambridge University International Exams is typically for ages 16 – 19 years. There are a choice of Cambridge International A/AS Level and Cambridge Pre-U examinations.

Both the exams are designed to prepare students for entry into university. The qualifications are accepted around the world.

The course lasts for two years during which students choose from over 60 different A/AS subjects (including music, geography, history and religious studies) or 26 Cambridge Pre-U subjects.

Advanced level Cambridge University International Exams are demanding and good grades are highly regarded by universities around the world. Typically students take a minimum of three A-Level subjects (as three is the minimum required by most universities) – however they can be taken individually or more can be taken at once.

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