CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL TESTS/EXAMS

For Cambridge Primary (from 1st to 6th grade) and for Cambridge Lower Secondary (from 7th to 9th grade) there are Cambridge Progression tests and final Cambridge Checkpoint exams.

A large number of schools use the method of Cambridge Primary/ Lower Secondary tests/exams to assess their students and inform them and their parents on their achievement. Cambridge Primary/ Lower Secondary tests/exams are created according to international standards.

There are two types of assessment at the Cambridge International programme:

  • Cambridge Primary/ Lower Secondary Progression tests (marked at school)
  • Cambridge Primary/ Lower Secondary Checkpoint exams (marked by Cambridge International).

 

Cambridge Primary/ Lower Secondary Progression tests

Cambridge Progression tests are optional tests which serve to estimate pupils’ knowledge according to international standards. This allows teachers to assess the progress/digression of an individual and the whole class as well, and to inform both children and their parents about the level they've reached. These tests help you to follow the progress course of your children’s knowledge on the programme. Cambridge Progression tests start from the 3rd grade. They can be taken whenever the teacher feels that the class is ready to take a test of this kind. These tests are optional, free (included in the programme) and they are marked by our school’s Cambridge Programme teachers.
 

Cambridge Progression tests:

  • Enable learning to be assessed each year
  • Provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Enable teachers to give structured feedback to learners and parents
  • Enable teachers to compare strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups
  • Are marked by teachers in your school
  • Come with clear guidance, standards and mark schemes
  • Can be used any time in the year, as many times as needed

 

Cambridge Primary/Lower Secondary Checkpoint exams

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint test is designed to help pupils learn by providing comprehensive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas – English, Mathematics and Science. The test can be taken twice a year
at the end of the final year of the programme, i.e. at the end of the 6th/beginning of the 7th grade. They are marked by Cambridge International and provide schools with an international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a Statement of Achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools invaluable information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive because they represent an indication of the academic progress and achievement for their child.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Lower Secondary. They are available in English as a second language, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. The tests are taken at the end of the 9th grade/beginning of 1st grade in high school.
The tests are marked by Cambridge Internation and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a Statement of Achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving schools detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.

The reports that students, teachers and the school gets from Cambridge International are very detailed.

The report on a learner gives:

  • A Cambridge Primary/Lower Secondary  Checkpoint score for the whole subject
  • A Cambridge Primary/Lower Secondary  Checkpoint score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of the questions (and the sub-topics/skills) where the candidate’s performance was particularly strong or particularly weak
  • A statement of achievement.

The report on a teaching group gives:

  • An average score for the whole subject
  • An average score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of sub-topics/skills with comments on the performance of the group
  • The scores of each learner on the subject and on each main topic/skill
  • The marks scored by each learner on each question.

The report on a school gives:

  • An average score for the whole subject
  • An average score for each main topic/skill
  • A list of sub-topics/skills with comments on the performance of the learners.

The end-of-session report gives the results of the whole cohort, from all schools worldwide, broken down by age and first language, so that schools can compare their own results with those of similar learners. The report also gives the examiner’s comments on the test.

Cambridge Checkpoint exams are also not obligatory but if students want to get the Statement of Achievement, they have to take the exam which, unlike Progression tests, is not free. Students have the right to take this exam twice a year, first time in April and second time in October.

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