IGCSE exam information

Information about sitting Cambridge IGCSE exams

You will need to apply to a Cambridge IGCSE exam centre for you or your child to take their exams. We can help you find your most convenient exam centre. But you will need to apply to the exam centre yourself. We cannot do this for you.  Please ask for our lists of exam centres if we have not sent them already.

  • For IGCSE Computer Science the exam centre must provide you with “Pre-release material” which will form part of the final assessment. When you register for the exam, ask the exam centre when you will receive this.
  • Exams for IGCSE English (second language), French, Spanish and German include an oral component. You should check that the centre you have chosen will assess this.
  • Students taking their exams in countries in Cambridge Zone 3 have the option of having their papers in some subjects graded either A* – G (the traditional grades) or 9 – 1 (recently introduced). The subject course code for which you register with your chosen exam centre will indicate your choice. Where there is a choice, both course codes are shown in our Course Pages under The Syllabus and the Exam. The first code shown is that for having papers marked A* – G, the second code shown, the first two figures of which are 09 (71 for French/German/Spanish), is the code for 9 – 1. Students in zones other than Zone 3, may only have their exams marked A* – G. The syllabus is identical for both grading options.
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Finding a Cambridge exam centre

Your Student Progress Manager will gladly provide you with a list of Cambridge exam centres for your country or region. These centres have told us that they accept private candidates. You may also find a local exam centre at the Cambridge Exam board. In countries where there is a British Council exam centre, this will usually be a good choice.

We strongly advise you to contact a centre to be sure you can make the necessary arrangements before enrolling with Wolsey Hall.

Booking your exam entry

Before you register for your/your child’s exams, your Student Progress Manager will send you the exam timetable with exam codes and a subject timetable.

There is a deadline for booking exam entry. Some exam centres will accept late entries, but the fees will be higher. Exam centres will advise you of their exam fees, and these can vary between centres.

For more information, see Exam Guidelines for Private Candidates.

Examination entry deadlines

The deadline for entry for the May/June sitting – 31st January. We strongly advise you to make contact with a centre as soon as possible, as centres often have limited spaces for private candidates.

The deadline for entry for the October/November sitting – 1st August. Do book exam entries before the end of June as school centres close for the summer holidays. Many centres will only accept candidates for the May/June sitting. In Oct/Nov you may need to travel further, to a Tutorial College (in the UK) or to an International School outside the UK. Exam fees may also be higher.

The deadline for entry for the March sitting (India only) – 1st November.

Access arrangements

If you have a special need and require access arrangements, you should contact your chosen exam centre at the earliest opportunity. Not all exam centres can accept candidates requiring access arrangements and some may charge additional fees for doing so. Access arrangements that may be available include: extra time in the exam room; a separate room; a scribe; the use of a laptop; modified papers (coloured/enlarged paper); arrangements for candidates with other disabilities. Centres can also advise you what evidence may be required to support an application for access arrangements.

Exam access arrangements can include use of a laptop

Which exam sitting to choose

Note that many centres will only accept candidates for the May/June sitting. So we strongly recommend this sitting unless it is not an option. If you need help in finding an exam centre please contact either Tony Marshall (UK Exams Officer) or Nuha Lami (International Exams Officer)

I would recommend Wolsey Hall Oxford to anyone considering homeschooling. Each course has plenty of resources on canvas and the course books are very informative. Any questions or help that we needed (preparing and arranging exams etc) have always been dealt with by the friendly tutors and student progress manager. My daughter achieved excellent IGCSE results and is now taking an A Level course.
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Donna Hogan – IGCSE Parent